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.


10:39 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Tickets Available at the Door For Heartless Bastards Tonight

Fresh off the heels of their much-anticipated Saturday evening set at Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grants Park, Cincinnati's own Heartless Bastards will switch gears and play a very intimate show right here on NKU's campus. 

Join us to tonight at 8:00pm (doors at 7p) as we welcome the Heartless Bastards to Greaves Concert Hall.  A few tickets are still available and will be sold at the door beginning at 6:30pm. 

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Support WNKU
12:46 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Pledge $120 and Receive "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" CD/DVD Set

"Ghost Brothers of Darkland County" is the brain child of "T Bone" Burnett, John Mellencamp, & Stephen King

Make Your Pledge Now to Receive "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County"

You've heard us playing songs from and talking about "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County".  It's a musical written for the stage by John Mellencamp, Stephen King, and "T Bone" Burnett.  The musical’s superb blues ‘n roots songs, performed by a stellar collection of guest artists, drives this haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge, 13 years in the making.

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Support WNKU
10:15 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Browngrass is Back in the Bluegrass

The Tillers were joined by Uncle Mike Carr at the 2012 Browngrass Festival

David Rhodes Brown and company are bringing the Browngrass back to the Bluegrass on Saturday, June 29th for 11 straight hours of live music on the river in beautiful Rabbit Hash, Kentucky

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1:46 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Second Sunday on Main kicks off this Sunday

Second Sunday on Main is an eclectic neighborhood festival, presented by the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce. The event begins its 8th season this Sunday and continues through October 13th on the second Sunday of every month from Noon – 5 p.m. in historic Over-the-Rhine on Main Street between 13th and Liberty.

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WNKU Events
10:40 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band returns to Paddlefest

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band at Paddlefest 2012

Cincinnati's 12th Annual Paddlefest takes place June 20-22nd at Coney Island, Yeatman's Cove, and points in-between.

Paddlefest is part paddling & cycling, part trade show exhibits, part entertainment with live music on Friday evening at the Ohio River Music & Outdoor Festival, presented by WNKU. The event also features a huge raffle with amazing prizes and delicious food and refreshments and lots of fun for the entire family.

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Live Music
1:43 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Last Chance for Tunes & Blooms

The Turkeys


Remember this day, friends!  This is the day in history that Tunes & Blooms went from an April-only event to an April AND May event!

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11:36 am
Fri April 26, 2013

SOLD OUT: Dinner, Drinks, & Barnaby Bright

Barnaby Bright


Django Western Taco  | Wednesday, May 15th | 6p - 9p

Our dear friends, Barnaby Bright, are BIG fans of WNKU and public radio in general.  In fact, they keep asking if they can play a fundraiser for the station. 

"What?  You want to play a show where all the proceeds go to WNKU?  Um...okay."

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Live Music
12:25 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Tonight is Reggae Night at Tunes & Blooms

The Ark Band


We've been at this Tunes & Blooms things for a while now, and this year, we're stretching out a bit.   So, tonight is Reggae Night at the Zoo!  The weather is beautiful, the tulips are in full bloom, and it's going to be another amazing night of music and family fun at the Cincinnati Zoo. 

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Earth Calendar
3:33 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Recycle Your Old Electronics this Earth Day Weekend

Cohen Recycling is hosting recycling drop off events throughout Greater Cincinnati this weekend

Remember our friends from Cohen Recycling?  They were here during our Live Drive and offered a very generous matching grant of $1500 to support WNKU.  Well, now they're up to more do goodin'.

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A Good Cause
10:46 am
Wed April 17, 2013

John Patrick is Behind Bars...again.

John Patrick behind bars

Well, it's happened again.  WNKU's Music Director and Afternoon Music host, John Patrick, met Johnny Law.   He fought the law and well, you know how the rest of it goes.  At least it's for a good cause this time. 

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