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.

Ways to Connect

The leaves are changing and so is WNKU's program line up. First and foremost, we're dedicating more hours of the week than ever before to locally-produced programming. 

The Eatonic Music Festival is three days of live blues, rock, and bluegrass taking place at the Preble County Fairgrounds in Eaton, OH this weekend.  Legendary blues guitarist, Buddy Guy, headlines Friday night.  Saturday is a day for rock n' roll as the Real Mary Peale broadcasts live from Noon until 4pm, and headliner, Elementree Livity Project, closes out the night.  Finally, Sunday will be a great day of bluegrass music headlined by the Rumpke Mountain Boys. Get more information at www.eatonicmusicfestival.com.

WNKU proudly presents Over the Rhine's Holiday Homecoming Concert at the Taft Theatre on Saturday, December 19th.  As we have for over a decade now, WNKU will be hosting a very special dinner before the show with a visit from members of Over the Rhine. Tickets for the dinner and concert are now available here.

WNKU has lost, perhaps, its biggest fan.

Lori Holladay, WNKU's Membership Manager of the last 9 years and host of "VOICES4the Soul", passed away on July 21st after a nine-month battle with gallbladder cancer.

No one believed in the power of music more than Lori. If you ever tuned into her program on Sunday mornings, you know what we mean. With her deep love of music came a deep love for WNKU. That love...that passion...is what made her such an invaluable part of what we are as a station.

July's CD of the Month is the debut album from Austrailia's Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. Rolling Stone magazine calls it "2015's sharpest debut."


Mike Powell of Pitchfork awarded the album a 'Best New Music' accolade, saying that "Barnett has nothing to prove and she's proving it."