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.


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12:00 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

Get Your Hands on the New Real Mary Peale T-shirt

Mary Peale In Her Very Own Shirt

Introducing the latest fashion trend - The Real Mary Peale T-shirt.  This is only available by making a pledge of support to WNKU.  It's not available in stores.  Your $120 membership contribution will help keep the Real Mary Peale on your radio dial.  The t-shirt is just a bonus - our way of saying thanks for your support of The Real Mary Peale on WNKU. 

Pledge $120 today and take home this psychedelic new shirt to show off to all your friends. 

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7:24 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Support the Crossroad Blues on WNKU and Add Some Live Bonamassa to Your CD Collection

As Joe Bonamassa grows his reputation as one of the world’s greatest guitar players, he is also evolving into a charismatic blues-rock star and singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance. His ability to connect with live concert audiences is transformational, as evidenced in his recent live recording, Live From New York.

And tonight, only during the Crossroad Blues,  we have a limited number of the fabulous 2-CD Set, Joe Bonamassa Live from New York to offer as thanks for your pledge of $120 ($10/mo) to WNKU.

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11:59 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Support WNKU During Our Fall Live Drive. Pledge Online or Call 1-855-897-1059.

Jayne Sachs Plays Live Saturday at 11am

This past spring, we tried something a bit different during our fund drive.  We called it the “Live Drive” as we hosted 20 live acts in our newly-updated performance studio over the course of nine days.  It was a huge hit!  We heard from listeners every day telling us how much they enjoyed the live performances.

And so, for our annual fall drive, we’re doing it again.  The fall Live Drive is under way, and we’re asking you to become a Sustaining Member or make a one time gift to help support WNKU.  We have lots of great new thank you gifts like Ring Volume IV - A Cincinnati Keyboard Christmas and the brand new Real Mary Peale T-shirt, some cool contests including a chance to win VIP passes to this year’s Midpoint Music Festival, and of course, we’ll have lots and lots of great live music.

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3:53 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

The Real Mary Peale LIVE from the Ohio River Throwdown this Saturday

Tedeschi Trucks Band


The inaugural Ohio River Throwdown kicks off this Saturday at Noon at Riverbend Music Center with three stages of live music all day long. 

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Studio 89
12:05 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Over the Rhine Kicks off Studio 89 on September 16th

We are no longer accepting reservations for the next Studio 89.  We have a full house! 

You will have received an e-mail by now if you made the cut off and have reservations.  Remember, WNKU members receive first priority for seating.  To become a contributing member of WNKU and get first shot at seating, visit our secure online pledge form.

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12:32 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Over the Rhine to Launch Fall Season of Studio 89

Cincinnati's Over the Rhine

Studio 89 is back!  Over the Rhine kicks it off on Monday, September 16th.  The show will air weekly at 7:00 pm until the season finale on December 9th.  With support from Cincinnati’s “small big brand agency”, RED212, Studio 89 has become a flagship program for WNKU and one of the many reasons we've been voted “Best Radio Station” in Cincinnati by readers of CityBeat Magazine six of the last nine years.

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3:21 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Dave "Juicy" Foreman, 1955 - 2013

Dave backstage at the Taft Theatre in 2008
Michael Wilson

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our co-worker and friend, Dave "Juicy" Foreman.

Last fall, when we found ourselves in need of a sound engineer, Brian O'D said he knew just the guy.  Soon thereafter, we were introduced to Dave, and we've not been the same since. 

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9:30 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Sunday is the Second...Second Sunday on Main

Second Sunday on Main (SSOM) returns July 14 for its second event of the season. SSOM runs 12-5 PM in historic Over-The-Rhine and is always free.

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5:04 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Everyone's A'buzz About Bunbury Music Festival This Weekend

This weekend, the 2nd annual Bunbury Music Festival will take place on Cincinnati's riverfront.  Not since Tall Stacks in 2006 have we seen a musical event of this magnitude in Cincinnati. 

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11:08 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Root on the Redlegs during WNKU Day at Great American Ballpark

The fiscal year may be over, but there's still time to make a pledge of financial support to WNKU and join WNKU staff, volunteers, and fans for WNKU Day at Great American Ball Park.  Pledge $12.50 a month on your credit or debit card, we'll thank you for your support by taking you (and a guest) out to the ball game!

Root on the Reds with WNKU staff and fellow supporters on Sunday, July 21st at 1:10 as the Reds take on the Pirates.

Make your pledge today and join us for an afternoon at Great American Ball Park!

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