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.


2:05 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

WNKU Stage at Arnold's Bar & Grill

Woody Pines plays the WNKU Stage on Friday night

There are a ton of great stages at this year's Midpoint Music Festival, but only one with Woody Pines, Tim Easton, and a motorized bathtub.  Stop by and see us at the WNKU Stage at Cincinnati's oldest bar, Arnold's.  We've got a great line up in store for you!

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11:08 am
Tue September 25, 2012

It's not too late! Support WNKU and take a friend to see Andrew Bird!

Andrew Bird plays Washington Park Thursday night.

The multi-talented Andrew Bird is playing the beautifully renovated Washington Park this Thursday night as part of the 2012 Midpoint Music Festival, and we still have a few pair of tickets to the show!  Opening the show are Here We Go Magic, Pomegranates, and Bonesetters.  It's a full evening of great live music beginning at 4pm in the new crown jewel of Cincinnati city parks.

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1:53 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

MPMF.12 comes to NKU

The 11th annual Midpoint Music Festival happens September 27th - 29th in Over the Rhine and downtown Cincinnati.  Once again, WNKU and Northern Kentucky University's Student Union and Activities Programming Board are proud to bring some of the talented artists performing at MPMF to NKU's campus throughout the next several days.

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3:09 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Eleni Mandell to play Studio 89 on September 24

Eleni Mandell has been making records since 2000.  Growing up in Los Angeles in the 1980s, Mandell attended mostly punk and underground rock shows but was inspired as a young songwriter by Tom Waits, X, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Randy Newman.

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5:03 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Studio 89 Now Airing on KET

This past spring's session of Studio 89 is now showing on KET-KY.  That's channel 192 for Insight Cable subscribers in Northern Kentucky and channel 38-3 in Cincinnati.   Check out the schedule below.

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2:24 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Call 1-855-897-1059 to Support WNKU Today!

Or just click here and check out all of awesome thank you gifts including We Walk the Line:  A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash.  Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Buddy Miller, Shooter Jennings, Rhett Miller, Brandi Carlile, and Sheryl Crow, are just some of WNKU's favorite artists contributing to this special concert celebrating what would have been Johnny Cash's 80th birthday. 

Support Public Radio that Rocks & get the CD for a pledge of $120. 

Get the CD and concert DVD for a pledge of $150 to WNKU.

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6:11 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

Support Music from the Hills of Home on WNKU

Anyone who listens to Katie & Wayne on Sunday nights knows the name, Pester Flatt, and many will know that Pester's favorite holiday is Mother's Day.  That's when the annual "O' Mother, Where Art Thou"  Festival takes place at the Flotsom County Fairgrounds. 

Well, now you can own a piece of this iconic (albeit, purely fictitious) event when you support "Music From the Hills of Home" on WNKU.  Anyone who pledges $25 or more between 6p and 9p tonight will receive a commemorative "O' Mother, Where Art Thou" festival poster.  This is in addition to any thank you gift you might choose!

So, support bluegrass music on WNKU and the hosts who bring it to you each and every week by making a pledge today.  You'll be glad you did.

Pledge now!

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2:56 pm
Sat September 15, 2012

Support Public Radio that Rocks and get rocked at MPMF.12!

Now, here's a great way to support your favorite radio station and something really cool in return.  As if having the best music on the planet pumped through your radio speakers 24/7/365 isn't enough, we have concert tickets for you! 

Simply make a pledge of $100 in support of WNKU and choose your tickets to see either Andrew Bird or Grizzly Bear in concert at Washington Park during this year's Midpoint Music Festival coming up next week! 

Support Public Radio that Rocks! 

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1:01 pm
Sat September 15, 2012

From $60 to $600, we have the coolest ways to say thanks for your support!


Keep the music coming!  Support WNKU by making a donation today.  Contribute just $60 to WNKU and take your pick from one of a half dozen recent CD's of the Month while they last!  Choices include new releases from Brett Dennen, Keb Mo, The Jayhawks, Kathleen Edwards, and Jeff Bridges.

Or perhaps you can contribute $600.00 and join the CD of the Month Club.  We'll send you a brand new CD every month for a full year as thanks for your generous support.

Support Public Radio That Rocks!

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11:34 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Help Raise $175,000 for Public Radio that Rocks!

Ring III - the 3rd installment of our most popular thank you gift ever - is available now. Get one copy for your gift of $100 or two copies for your gift of $150.


Okay, we don't always rock.  Sometimes we chill.  Sometimes we groove.  Sometimes we shuffle.  Sometimes we swing.  Sometimes we boogie.  Sometimes we shake.  Sometimes we rattle.  And sometimes...we roll.

But we ALWAYS have a good time playing great music no matter what the style, and we ALWAYS do it commercial-free.  That's why WNKU's been voted Best Radio Station in Cincinnati by CityBeat readers more than any other radio station in the history of radio stations ever

How do we play such great music with no commercials ever, you ask?  Why, listener support, of course!  And now we're asking YOU for your support all this week during WNKU's fall membership drive. 

Check out our great thank you gifts - including Ring III: A Cincinnati Keyboard Christmas - and become a member or renew your membership today!