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.

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10:19 am
Sat May 16, 2015

This Mother's Day, Show Your Love for Moms and Music When You Support WNKU

Here's a great way to show your appreciation of Mom AND your favorite public radio station this Mother's Day.  Make a pledge of $120 to WNKU by Tuesday, May 5th at 12:00pm EST, and we'll send Mom a beautiful spring bouquet of twenty assorted tulips in a pink vase.   Flowers can be delivered anywhere in the U.S and will arrive on Friday, May 8th.

Contribute $120.00 online or call 1-855-897-1059!

Your $120 contribution helps keep the music alive and well on WNKU, while taking care of Mom on her special day at the same time!

Just fill out our secure Online Pledge Form and ADD "Mother's Day Flowers" as your thank you gift.

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11:36 am
Fri April 10, 2015

WNKU Welcomes Spirit Family Reunion to the Taft Theatre

Make an additional gift to WNKU of $60 or become a sustaining member for just $5 a month and choose a pair of tickets to see Spirit Family Reunion as your thank you gift!

Already a Sustaining Member and haven't requested a thank you gift in the past year?  Just give us a call at 859-572-6500 and we'll hook you up! But hurry! Tickets are limited.

WNKU welcomes Spirit Family Reunion with special guests, Horse Eyed Men, to the Taft Ballroom on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 8:30.

SUPPORT WNKU WITH A DONATION OF $5 A MONTH OR A ONE TIME GIFT OF $60, AND RECEIVE TWO TICKETS!

Music
8:53 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Bunbury Music Festival Announces Daily Lineup

The Bunbury Music Festival has announced the daily lineup for this year’s festival! Check it out!

Thanks to our friends at Cincymusic.com for the band profiles...

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Music
5:39 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Wilco Cancels Indianapolis Show

It seems Wilco is taking a stand against the recent legislation passed in Indiana.  The following announcement was posted to their website and social media:

This is the only cancelation of the tour and is specifically in response to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  The concert scheduled for May 5th at the Taft Theater in Cincinnati will go on as planned.

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Music
11:18 am
Mon March 30, 2015

WNKU Presents 10th Annual Tunes & Blooms

Tonight's Tunes & Blooms with Hickory Robot and Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle has been canceled due to inclement weather.  A make up date will be announced soon.  See you next week for The Cliftones!

It's hard to believe it's been 10 years since we first partnered with the Cincinnati Zoo to bring you Tunes & Blooms.  What started out as a one-time concert in the cold rain before a crowd of about 100 people, now regularly draws close to 5000 people every week.  It really is the place to be every Thursday night in April.  Tunes & Blooms features some of the best musical acts our region has to offer playing amongst the tulips of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Each week, the Zoo dispenses with the usual admission fee at 5pm allowing visitors to roam the animal exhibits for free before settling down to enjoy live music from 6p to 8p.  Bring a picnic or choose from the excellent food options available on site.  They even serve local craft beer at the Zoo.

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Live Music
12:35 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

WNKU 30th Anniversary Concert Series

Wilco Helps Wrap Up WNKU's 30th Anniversary Concert Series on May 5th

This April,  WNKU turns 30 years old!  Come celebrate with us this spring and summer with the WNKU 30th Anniversary Concert Series.  Below, you'll find a growing list of WNKU artists coming to town in the next few months.  We'll be inviting many of these artists into the studio for live performances on the air, and we'll have tickets to give away to most shows.  We'll also be out and about at these concerts any chance we get, so be sure to look for the WNKU table, say hello, and register for some cool prizes!

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9:56 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Wilco Wants You to Support WNKU

WNKU Welcomes Wilco with special guest, Steve Gunn, to the Taft Theatre on Tuesday, May 5th as part of our 30th anniversary concert series, and we’ve just scored orchestra level tickets from the band!

The boys in Wilco heard we were a little short of our goal for the Spring Fund Drive and wanted to lend us a hand.  So, they've given us these orchestra level tickets to pass on to you as thanks for your contribution of $360 or more on a credit card to WNKU.

Donate $360 now and select "Premium Tickets to see Wilco" as your thank you gift, or call 1-855-897-1059.  But hurry. There are only a few pair of these tickets available and they'll go in a hurry.

Make your donation now!

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5:09 am
Mon March 16, 2015

One More Chance to Double Your Donation to WNKU

The Watson Twins say, "Call 1-855-897-1059 or give online at wnku.org to double your donation!"

We're so close to meeting our goal for the Spring Fund Drive! To help get us over the top, some good friends of WNKU are lending a hand in the form of a dollar for dollar match.  Dr. Stephen Billman of Cincinnati, The Levin Family Foundation of Dayton, and Tom and Karen Kruer-Zershusen have offered to donate an additional $4000 to WNKU if we can raise $4000 by 9am.  That means your donation will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $4000 by supporters throughout our listening area!  Talk about community support!  

Get in on this match by making your donation right now. Call 1-855-897-1059 or donate online.

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8:33 am
Sat March 14, 2015

With Your Help, We'll Win This in Overtime

We had hoped to end the Spring Fund Drive on Saturday, but we're still shy of our overall goal, and it's very important that we make it.   All it takes to get us there is you making your contribution right now if you've not done so already.  If you have, thank you!  If you've just not gotten around to it, the time is now. 

Don't put off great music any longer.  Be a part of making the music happen with your donation today.

Call 1-855-897-1059 or use our secure online donation form.  You can use the same form to view the great thank you gifts available for you to choose from when you support WNKU.

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5:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Give By 9am and the William Thie Foundation Will Double Your Donation

The Watson Twins say, "Call 1-855-897-1059 and double your donation to WNKU!"

If we can raise $5000 by 9am we will receive an additional $5000 from The Thie Foundation and be able to present the Friday Morning Request Show with no fundraising interruptions. 

Call 1-855-897-1059 or click here to give online.

The William Howard Thie Foundation is a major supporter of WNKU and other music arts organizations, such as The Blues Foundation.  Today, they are encouraging you to join them in support of WNKU by offering to match all gifts up to a total of $5,000.

If you've recently given, thank you.  If not, now is the best time to support great music with a donation to WNKU.  

DONATE NOW

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