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.


10:28 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Online Membership Forms Down

Our apologies!  Our online membership and pledge forms are currently undergoing an upgrade and will be inaccessible over the next couple of hours.  We expect to have them back online by this afternoon.  If you'd like to become a sustaining member or make a one time pledge in the meantime, you can do it the old fashioned way by giving us a call at 1-859-572-6500 or toll free at 1-855-897-WNKU (9658).

3:00 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Second Sunday on Main Going Out with a Bang

2013 marks the eighth year of Second Sunday on Main (SSOM),  the eclectic neighborhood street festival of historic Over-the-Rhine. The fifth and final event of the season is Sunday, October 13 from noon to 5 p.m.

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CD of the Month
9:58 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Gov't Mule - "Shout"

The CD of the Month for October is another double album, this time by Gov't Mule.  It's titled "Shout"


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1:18 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

WNKU to Host Stage at Arnold's Bar & Grill for MPMF13

Cincinnati's Heavy Hinges play the WNKU Stage at Arnold's Bar & Grill Friday Night

Over 180 acts will perform on 16 stages throughout downtown Cincinnati and Over the Rhine during the 12th Annual Midpoint Festival this week, but we're especially fond of one stage in particular - the WNKU Stage at Arnold's Bar & Grill.

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2:19 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Midpoint Music Festival Kicks Off Thursday

The 2013 Midpoint Music Festival kicks off Thursday night and continues through Saturday with 185 bands performing on 16 stages throughout Over the Rhine and downtown Cincinnati.  There will be the better known bands headlining the bigger stages, of course.   The Head and the Heart, Grandfather Child, and Wussy - all bands you'll hear on WNKU - are playing the Main Stage at Washington Park.  

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9:42 am
Mon September 23, 2013

WNKU Welcomes Leon Russell to Greaves Concert Hall


6:30 - Doors

7:30 - Alex Dezen


8:45 - Leon Russell


Convenient parking will be available for $3.00 in Lot I on NKU's campus.  Lot I is a short walk from the entrance to Greaves Concert Hall. 

Click here for directions and a map of NKU's campus.

Lot I is labeled with a blue dot on the map.  Greaves Concert Hall is located in the Fine Arts Building.   You'll find it labeled "FA" in the center of the map.


Two bars will serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages along with light snacks in the lobby until 9:30.  However, Northern Kentucky University policy does NOT ALLOW DRINKS OF ANY KIND TO BE TAKEN INTO THE THEATER.  We greatly appreciate your understanding.


Coat check is not provided.  However, a limited number of hangers and coat racks will be available for self-service.  Niether WNKU or Northern Kentucky University are responsible for items lost or stolen.


Leon Russell was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March of 2011.  Three months later, he was inducted into the Singer Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Earlier that same year, he performed on the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. 

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Support WNKU
3:05 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Choose from Four New T-Shirts When You Join WNKU

In the spring of 2013, we introduced the iconic "Mash the Button, Wayne" t-shirt commemorating the long-running Sunday bluegrass show, Music From the Hills of Home with legendary hosts, Katie Laur and the "guy who plays Wayne."

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Support WNKU
9:08 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Become a Sustaining Member of WNKU

There's never been a better way to support this radio station than by becoming a Sustaining Member, but thanks to a new partnership with Green Forests Work, your Sustaining Membership goes even further.

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Support WNKU
9:58 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Pick Up A Front Porch T-Shirt. Pledge $120 Online or Call 1-855-897-1059.

What better way to show you love folk music and WNKU than with a Front Porch T-shirt?

Make a pledge of $10/month and it's yours as thanks for your generous support of WNKU and The Front Porch.

The design of this t-shirt is intended to represent the range of genre, generation, gender and ethnicity that the Front Porch embraces.  To that end, the images depicted are of the following:

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Support WNKU
4:20 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

It's the "You're On the Air with Mr. Rhythm Man" T-shirt

Your Daddy-O on the Radio has his own clothing line.   From the same designer who brought you the Real

Mary Peale and Front Porch t-shirts comes this crazy, colorful T in the style of Jim Flora.  Your Platter-pushin' Papa never looked so good. 

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