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.


Support WNKU
3:35 am
Thu June 12, 2014

WNKU to Partner with Green Forests Work

Become a Sustaining Member of WNKU and plant one of thousands of trees on a former strip mine in Appalachia.

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Enter to Win
8:30 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Time is Running Out to Enter the Ultimate VIP Summer Sweepstakes

Dave Matthews Band plays Riverbend Music Center on July 9 with very special guest, Tim Reynolds.

You only have until midnight tonight to renew your supportmake your first ever pledge, or give an additional gift to WNKU and be automatically entered to win the ultimate VIP summer concert experience from our friends at Riverbend Music Center and PNC Pavilion.


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Community Events
2:14 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Lydia Loveless to Headline Paddlefest this Saturday

Named a New Artist You Need to Know by both Rolling Stone and SPIN magazine, Lydia Loveless headlines the WNKU Main Stage at Paddlefest.

Join WNKU and several thousand of our friends for the 13th Annual Ohio River Paddlefest Weekend this June 20 - 22  at Coney Island and Yeatman's Cove.  For the first time ever, Paddlefest will take place Friday through Sunday instead of Thursday through Saturday, opening up all kinds of new possibilities. For music fans, this means a FULL day of non-stop music beginning at 11am Saturday morning and going until midnight with headliner, Lydia Loveless!  But, let's not get ahead of ourselves.  

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Live Remote
10:06 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Real Mary Peale Broadcasts Live from Sayler Park Sustains

The 2nd Annual Sayler Park Sustains community festival takes places this Saturday from 10am to 10pm.  It's a day-long celebration of community, stewardship, and sustainability with music, demonstrations, vendors, raffles, local food and brews, and kid-friendly fun in Sayler Park.  Come on out and meet the Real Mary Peale as she broadcasts her show live on location from noon until 4pm.

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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