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.


4:25 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Multiple Stages Set for Bunbury Music Festival

The inaugural Bunbury Music Festival takes place July 13th - 15th at Sawyer Point and Yeatman's Cove.  Bunbury is the brain child of entrepreneur, Bill Donabedian, who's credits include co-founding the Midpoint Music Festival and serving as Fountain Square's first VP of Event Production (so he knows a thing or two about putting on a good show). 

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Enter to Win
10:53 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Mumford & Sons with Dawes at Louisville's Waterfront Park

Mumford & Sons

Our friends at Production Simple in Louisville have just announced they are bringing Mumford & Sons along with special guest, Dawes, to the Great Lawn at Louisville's Waterfront Park on August 13th.  This will be the only show in the Midwest with this lineup!

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10:37 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Cincinnati's Walk the Moon on Late Night with David Letterman

Walk the Moon performing at WNKU's Tunes & Blooms series at the Zoo.

Yesterday, Cincinnati's Walk the Moon released their self-titled major-label debut.  Of course, lots of folks have been taking notice of this band for at least the last 18 months.

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Thank you
5:48 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

WNKU listeners are Simply the Best!

We've said it before and we'll say it again.  WNKU listeners are the absolute best!  Thanks to everyone who made a contribution during our fiscal year-end campaign.  We really appreciate all of the support you've shown this station.

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Support WNKU
11:34 am
Thu June 14, 2012

See Mary Chapin Carpenter LIVE & get an autographed copy of her new CD!

WNKU Welcomes Mary Chapin Carpenter with special guest, Tift Merritt, to the Taft Theatre on August 22nd in support of her new CD, Ashes & Roses - just out this week.

Anyone making a contribution of $180 to WNKU today will receive, while they last, two orchestra-level tickets to this show PLUS an autographed copy of the new CD!


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4:35 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Midpoint Music Festival Makes First Round of Artist Announcements

Best Coast

The good folks who put on Cincinnati's annual Midpoint Music Festival have released the first round of artists playing this year's festival.  The event takes place September 27 - 29 in downtown Cincinnati.

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12:34 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band headlines WNKU Music Stage at this weekend's Paddlefest

WNKU has been a proud sponsor of Paddlefest and the Ohio River Music & Outdoor Festival for 8 years now, and each year we've managed to host a pretty impressive line up of local and regional musicians.  This year, we're very excited to announce that The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - the only band to ever play the Vans Warped Tour with a washboard - will be headlining the Friday night festival.

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Support Public Broadcasting
10:21 am
Fri May 18, 2012

New Threats to Public Broadcasting

A new threat to public broadcasting has surfaced.  Congressman Doug Lamborn of Colorado is circulating a letter in the House of Representatives asking that the federal government eliminate funding for public broadcasting.  In addition, Congressman Lamborn has introduced legislation, H.R. 68, to cut all funding for public broadcasting.

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10:05 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Midpoint Indie Summer Line Up Announced

The lineup for this year's Midpoint Indie Summer Music Series on Fountain Square is announced.  Head to the Square every Friday night for a preview of the acts you can expect to see at September's Midpoint Music Festival.  Music starts at 7pm.  It's free and open to all ages.  And be sure to stop by the WNKU tent to say hello and register for cool prizes!

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Studio 89
10:24 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Tune in tonight for a Studio 89 finale with the legendary Bill Kirchen

The "Titan of the Telecaster", Bill Kirchen.

Bill Kirchen is one of the fortunate few who can step onto any stage, play those trademark licks that drove his seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten, and elicit instant recognition for a career that has spanned over 40 years and includes guitar work with Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello and many more. Named “A Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates an American musical tradition where rock 'n' roll and country music draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass, Western swing from Texas and California honky-tonk.

He performs live on the air tonight at 7pm for the season finale of Studio 89.  Tell a friend and tune in!

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