Aaron Sharpe

Director of Development & Marketing

Aaron first volunteered with WNKU as a student in Northern Kentucky University’s Radio/Television program in 1998.  His first “job” was soliciting food from area restaurants for the fund drive, and although he always just wanted to be a DJ, the station manager at the time took note of Aaron’s ability to ask for things and thus offered him a paying job in Development in 1999. 

Aaron had to go outside of radio to fulfill his dream of being a DJ.  During baseball season, he spends his evenings and weekends as the DJ for the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Aaron has also worked dozens of freelance gigs in broadcast television, mostly as an audio engineer or assistant.  He’s worked on productions of everything from high school basketball tournaments to a TBS reality show to Super Bowl XLVI. 

When things slow down, Aaron will pick up a little work here and there as a voice actor, voicing anything from corporate training videos to national TV and radio spots.  Aaron has even had the privilege of filling in as the public address announcer for the Cincinnati Reds when needed.

Despite it all, WNKU remains closest to Aaron’s heart.  And while they still won’t let him on the air except to ask for money, he thinks it’s pretty cool that he gets to work with real rock ‘n roll DJ’s.


3:36 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Buckle Up for Buckle Up

Anyone who went down to Bunbury Music Festival on Cincinnati's riverfront this past weekend knows that a lot of work must have gone into setting up those six (count 'em...six) stages, dozens of vendor booths, beer trucks, tents and trailers, fencing, and everything else you wouldn't normally find at Sawyer Point or Yeatman's Cove on a typical weekend.  In fact, so much went into the set up for Bunbury, that the organizers decided they really didn't want to take it all back down after just three days.  So, what do they do?  Simple.  P

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12:49 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Bunbury Bellweather Session: 500 Miles to Memphis

500 Miles to Memphis is the second act in a series of videos shot at last weekend's Bunbury Music Festival and produced by Cincymusic.com

500 Miles to Memphis is a Cowpunk band from right here in Cincinnati.  If it's not already obvious, a quick check of Google Maps will help explain where they came up with the name.

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4:18 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Bunbury Bellweather Session: Jesse Thomas

Our friends at Cincymusic.com were busy bees at this past weekend's Bunbury Music Festival.  They partnered with Bellweather and Iron Wing Recording Studio to produce the Bellweather Sessions recorded live in the Bunbury VIP tent.

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Live Music
1:04 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Come See Us at this Weekend's Bunbury Music Festival

The 3rd annual Bunbury Music Festival returns to the banks of the Ohio River this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  As  you prepare for the weekend, you'll want to head over to bunburyfestival.com for help with your planning.  First things first.  Check out the lineup for each day and figure out who you want to see and where to see them.  Then, sign in to create your own schedule and share it w

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News from WNKU
8:36 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

WNKU Welcomes the Ohio River Throwdown

ON SALE NOW...WNKU welcomes the second annual Ohio River Throwdown back to Riverbend Music Center and PNC Pavilion this September.  The all day festival was created to celebrate the roots of American music on the banks of the Ohio River where some of the most legendary Blues, Country, Bluegrass, R&B and Rock N Roll records had their birth!  Three stages, Twelve bands, One day only at Riverbend Music Center on Saturday, September 6...all made possible in part by WNKU.

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WNKU T-shirts
12:00 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Show Your Mary Peale Pride

Support The Real Mary Peale Show with a pledge of $10 per month and we'll send you this fabulous Real Mary Peale T-Shirt.  You won't find it in any store.  It's only available by making a pledge to WNKU

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Support WNKU
3:35 am
Thu June 12, 2014

WNKU to Partner with Green Forests Work

Become a Sustaining Member of WNKU and plant one of thousands of trees on a former strip mine in Appalachia.

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Enter to Win
8:30 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Time is Running Out to Enter the Ultimate VIP Summer Sweepstakes

Dave Matthews Band plays Riverbend Music Center on July 9 with very special guest, Tim Reynolds.

You only have until midnight tonight to renew your supportmake your first ever pledge, or give an additional gift to WNKU and be automatically entered to win the ultimate VIP summer concert experience from our friends at Riverbend Music Center and PNC Pavilion.


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Community Events
2:14 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Lydia Loveless to Headline Paddlefest this Saturday

Named a New Artist You Need to Know by both Rolling Stone and SPIN magazine, Lydia Loveless headlines the WNKU Main Stage at Paddlefest.

Join WNKU and several thousand of our friends for the 13th Annual Ohio River Paddlefest Weekend this June 20 - 22  at Coney Island and Yeatman's Cove.  For the first time ever, Paddlefest will take place Friday through Sunday instead of Thursday through Saturday, opening up all kinds of new possibilities. For music fans, this means a FULL day of non-stop music beginning at 11am Saturday morning and going until midnight with headliner, Lydia Loveless!  But, let's not get ahead of ourselves.  

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Live Remote
10:06 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Real Mary Peale Broadcasts Live from Sayler Park Sustains

The 2nd Annual Sayler Park Sustains community festival takes places this Saturday from 10am to 10pm.  It's a day-long celebration of community, stewardship, and sustainability with music, demonstrations, vendors, raffles, local food and brews, and kid-friendly fun in Sayler Park.  Come on out and meet the Real Mary Peale as she broadcasts her show live on location from noon until 4pm.

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