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.


News from WNKU
12:38 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

WNKU to Compete in Veggie Race Today

WNKU's Music Director & Afternoon host, John Patrick, has been training for weeks with a regular regiment of exercise and a steady diet of healthy vegetables.  He's now set to squash the competition at the 2nd annual go Vibrant Veggie Race - a kick off event for the 36th Annual Taste of Cincinnati.

"My mom always told me two things - 'eat your vegetables,' and 'don't play with your food,'" said Patrick.  "I'm setting out to prove you can do both and be a champion."

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WNKU Benefit Concert
10:13 am
Tue May 20, 2014

WNKU Presents An Evening with Hot Tuna Acoustic Trio


Doors at 7 PM / Show at 8 PM

Buy Tickets Now

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A Glass Raising Fundraiser for WNKU
3:39 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Music. Beer. Tacos.

What else do you  need?  Tim Easton will provide the music, Mad Tree Brewing Company will provide the beer, and Django Western Taco will provide the tacos.  There's hardly a better way to support your favorite radio station!

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WNKU Sponsored Event
12:28 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

OTR 5K & Summer Celebration This Saturday

The OTR 5k Run/Walk and Summer Celebration began in 2007 with a group of friends, residents of Over-the-Rhine and members of the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce, as a way to invite Cincinnatians to see the Renaissance that was beginning in the neighborhood. The 5k Run/Walk started and finished on Vine Street followed by a day-long celebration on the corner of 12th & Vine.  Only a handful of new businesses were on Vine Street at the time. 

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Enter to Win
9:55 am
Mon May 12, 2014

If You Like The Black Keys, You're Going to Love This

The Black Keys will perform at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville on September 10th, and we're sending one lucky winner and their guest to see the show and meet the band!  On top of that, we're going to hook the winner up with the entire Black Keys catalog on vinyl along with a turntable!

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In the Studio
12:31 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Hold Steady LIVE In The Studio with John Patrick

The Hold Steady recently released their 6th album, Teeth Dreams, and will be at Bogart's tonight with Deer Tick.  The Hold Steady put on one of the better live shows you'll see, but before they take the stage tonight at Bogarts, they'll be in the studio with John Patrick sometime in the 1 o'clock hour.  Tell your friends and stay tuned!  In the

Music & Baseball
12:32 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Join us for WNKU Day at the Ball Park

There's still time to support your favorite public radio station and join your favorite station personalities for a day at Great American Ball Park to watch your favorite baseball team take on the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Make a pledge. Send flowers.
3:19 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Celebrate Mom with the gift of Music & Flowers!

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 $100 to WNKU by Tuesday, May 6th at 12:00pm EST, and we'll send Mom a beautiful spring bouquet of assorted tulips.   Flowers can be delivered anywhere in the U.S and will arrive on Friday, May 9th.

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Live Music
8:16 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

WNKU Presents the 9th Annual Tunes & Blooms

Now in its 9th season, Tunes & Blooms has become one of WNKU's favorite annual events.  It occurs every Thursday night in April and 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 micro-brews at the Zoo.

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Music From the Hills of Home
10:22 am
Sun March 30, 2014

Katie's Back

After a long hiatus, Katie Laur returns to the airwaves tonight at 6:00 PM for Music From the Hills of Home.  Scot Ross will join Katie for button mashing duty.  A big thanks to Bill & Vickie Hensley for their excellent work filling in during Katie's absence.