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.


WNKU Sponsored Event
4:14 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Meet the Real Mary Peale at this weekend's Heads Up Pumpkin Chuck

Credit Denny Gibson

The Real Mary Peale is bringing her pumpkins and her show to Stanbery Park in Mt. Washington this Saturday as we broadcast live from the 8th Annual Heads Up Pumpkin Chuck from noon until 4pm.

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Studio Archives
2:33 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Henhouse Prowlers LIVE in the Studio

Well, they're not live now.  They were recorded live.  They performed live in the studio with Keegan on October 10th, and now you can listen to what they sounded like live, only it's recorded.  You know what we mean.

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Enter to Win
4:02 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Win Tickets to Three Gov't Mule Shows PLUS Two Live Recordings


Pledge now to support WNKU and enter to win tickets for THREE upcoming Gov't Mule concerts in our area along with two soon-to-be-released live CD sets!

Plus, if you pledge $120 or become a sustainer at $10 per month, you can even choose Gov't Mule's latest studio release, "Shout!" as your thank you gift!  It's a 2-CD set featuring guest vocal performances from Ben Harper, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Jim James, Grace Potter, Toots Hibbert, Glenn Hughes, Ty Taylor, Dave Matthews, Myles Kennedy and Steve Winwood.

However much you decide to pledge, you will be entered to win the following:

  • 2 tickets for Friday, 10/31 (Halloween night!) at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH
  • 2 tickets for Wednesday, 11/5 at the Tennessee Theatre Knoxville, TN and
  • 2 tickets for Tuesday, 11/11 at the Lexington Opera House in Lexington, KY
  • plus two soon-to-be-released live collector sets:  "Stoned Side of the Mule Volume 1" (7 Rolling Stones covers from Halloween 2009 on vinyl) and "Dark Side of the Mule" (Full Halloween 2010 show with Pink Floyd covers on 3 CD's and 1 DVD).

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Studio 89
10:32 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Audio Archive: Jason Owens Band on Studio 89

Check out the audio archive of Studio 89 with the Jason Owens Band.   The show aired live on Monday, October 6th. 

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Studio 89
10:31 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Audio Archive: Nick D' & the Believers on Studio 89

Didn't get a chance to attend the last Studio 89 with Nick D' the Believers?  Missed it live on the radio? Just wanna hear it again?  Either way, we've got you covered here with the audio archive.  And remember, WNKU members get first dibs on seating for Studio 89.  Don't miss the next great show.  Become a WNKU Member today!

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Studio 89
11:56 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Studio 89 with Jason Owens

Local country up and comer, Jason Owens, brings his band to Studio 89 on October 6th.

Request your seats for the next Studio 89 today.

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Support WNKU
1:20 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Thank You

Thanks to everyone who contributed to WNKU during our Fall Fund Drive.  You helped us surpass our goal of 900 pledges and $112,000, and we are so grateful for your support.  We can't say it enough.  WNKU Members are the only reason we've been able to do what we do for nearly 30 years now. 

Thank you.

Support WNKU
3:02 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Help Us Reach our Goal of 900 Pledges or $112,000 by Midnight

We're so close to meeting our goal for the fall fund drive!  $112,000 is what we need to meet our budget and continue delivering you the best music on the planet, wherever you are.

If you haven't done so already, please pledge to help pay for all of the unique music and programs you hear on WNKU.

Call 1-855-897-1059 or pledge your support online.

During what should be the last day of the fall fund drive, you'll hear us talking a lot about "Get Real Gone - Road Songs for Public Radio." It can be yours when you become a sustaining member at $8 a month or make a one time gift of $96 to support WNKU.  Join at $12 a month or make a one time gift of $144, and we'll send you two copies.

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Support WNKU
7:35 am
Fri September 26, 2014

The William Howard Thie Foundation is Now Matching All Gifts to WNKU

Your $96 contribution will be matched by the William Thie Foundation and we'll send you the new "Get Real Gone" CD as thanks!

Don't Miss the $5,000 Dollar for Dollar Matching Grant from The William Howard Thie Foundation.

Support the music you love and your contribution will be doubled for WNKU by The William Howard Thie Foundation.

For years, the William Howard Thie Foundation has been a major supporter of WNKU and other music arts organizations, such as The Blues Foundation.  Today, the William Howard Thie Foundation is encouraging you to join them in support of WNKU by offering to match all gifts up to a total of $5,000.  This is such a wonderful gift to WNKU, and one in which we hope you will take advantage of.

Make your contribution now with a pledge online or by calling 1-855-897-1059.

Support WNKU
2:02 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Gear Up and Support WNKU

Show your WNKU pride with the new long-sleeved t-shirt.  Choose the shirt when you pledge $10 per month or choose the hoodie when you pledge $15 per month (while supplies last).  

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