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.


30th Anniversary Thank You Gifts
3:03 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Neltner Small Batch Helps WNKU Celebrate 30 Years

Celebrated local artists, Keith Neltner and Chris Dye of Neltner Small Batch, have recently unveiled a limited edition collector's art print to celebrate WNKU's 30th anniversary.

Both artists grew up in the region and are fans of the station.  In fact, Neltner and Dye have worked directly with several musicians regularly played on WNKU including Shooter Jennings, Hank Williams III, The Tillers, the Kentucky Struts, and others.

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10:37 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Bunbury Lineup is Announced and We Have Tickets!

Anxious music fans and members of the media gathered last night at The Redmoor in Mt. Lookout for the official announcement of this year's Bunbury Music Festival lineup. Headliners will include WNKU staples, The Black Keys and Avett Brothers.  Other WNKU core artists on the bill include The Decemberists, Old Crow Medicine Show, Walk the Moon, Father John Misty, Shakey Graves, and Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band.

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WNKU Event
9:58 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Bockfest Season is Upon Us

Alex Bell

Bockfest season festivities are well underway as we get ready for Bockfest Weekend,  March 6th - 8th. The season began with the annual Beefsteak Club fundraiser at the old Windisch-Muhlhauser Brewery in Over The Rhine.  Soon after, the preliminary rounds of the 2015 Sausage Queen pageant got underway.  Here's what else you can expect between now and the main event.

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Support WNKU
2:37 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Don't Wait to Support Great Radio

Yes, we know it’s still winter and there's snow on the ground, but we’re trying something new: we hope to cut back on our traditional spring fund drive as much as possible, and we’re counting on your support now to help us do it.  We need to raise $175,000 by mid-March, and we want to do it before the fund drive even begins!

Don't wait.  Give Now.

We have a bunch of great thank you gifts available at different levels of support, including 3-day weekend passes to the 2015 Bunbury Music Festival and tickets to see Wilco at The Taft Theatre.  Look for them on the donation form and contribute before they're all gone!

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Support WNKU
9:07 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Vote for the Best of Cincinnati Before Midnight Tonight

Voting for CityBeat’s annual Best of Cincinnati issue ends tonight at midnight!

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News from WNKU
1:08 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

WNKU Welcomes Sean O'Mealy as New GM

WNKU is pleased to announce the hiring of 25-year radio veteran, Sean O’Mealy, as the station’s new General Manager. O’Mealy will move into his new role on Monday, February 16th, just in time to help kick off the station’s 30th anniversary festivities.

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Live Music
11:59 am
Fri February 6, 2015

"Show Your Love: A Benefit for WNKU" Continues Tonight

Last night, over 400 people packed the Southgate House Revival for night 1 of the 2-night "Show Your Love" benefit for WNKU presented by The Good People Festival.  The party continues tonight as another 15 bands perform on three stages beginning at 7:30 pm. 

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1:54 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

WNKU and Wilco to Celebrate Two Big Anniversaries Together

WNKU welcomes Wilco to the Taft Theatre on Tuesday, May 5, as part of the station's 30th Anniversary Celebration.

WNKU first signed on the air in the spring of 1985.  Ten years later, almost to the month, Wilco released their debut album, A.M., and we've had the pleasure of playing their music ever since.  As one of the pioneering acts of WNKU's Adult Alternative format, it's only fitting that Wilco helps WNKU celebrate 30 years on the air at the same time WNKU helps Wilco celebrate 20 years as a band.

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Support WNKU
12:26 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Send Roses While Supporting WNKU

Send roses through WNKU and show the love to your sweetheart and WNKU!

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10:46 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Cincinnati Entertainment Awards This Sunday

The votes are in and the results of CityBeat's annual online voting for Greater Cincinnati's best musicians and bands will be announced this Sunday at the 18th annual Cincinnati Entertainment Awards.  The red-carpet event will once again take place at the Madison Theater in Covington, KY and will feature live performances by Young Heirlooms, Injecting Strangers, Mad Anthony, Buggs Tha Rocka, and more. 

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