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Sharon Kay

About

Sharon serves as General Manager at Fisk University’s radio station JAZZY 88 WFSK. When hired in late 2005, Kay was the first female to serve in that capacity in the station’s history.  WFSK (formerly WRFN) signed on the air in 1973.

In 2009, she was named Nashville’s Best Radio Station General Manager at the 13th Annual Achievement in Radio Awards, making her the first African American to receive the award. 

Ms. Kay is also well known for being host of the popular radio talk show “What’s the 411? with Sharon Kay”, which she began in 2001 on Cumulus Media. 

Kay’s syndicated program “What’s the 411” is part of the African American Public Radio Consortium (AAPRC) satellite programming options available to public, community & HBCU stations.

Sharon has been a media professional now for 35-years with stints in radio, television, newspaper, and web-based services.  She began her radio career on AM1250 WREN Radio in Topeka, Kansas in the late 1970’s as an overnight part time disc jockey. The music format was pop music.   Sharon broke color and gender barriers while at that station becoming the first black and first woman to become one of the station’s major personalities by hosting the Monday through Friday midday program and serving as the station’s Public Affairs Director.

Since moving to the Nashville market in the mid 1980’s, Ms. Kay has served as a news anchor & talk show host for WLAC Radio, and at 92Q Cumulus Media, as well as a weekend associate producer at WSMV TV, and writer and photographer for several newspaper groups.  

For most of her career Sharon has worked several jobs in conjunction with media work to take care of her family.  In dual careers also serving as the executive director of the Statewide Alcohol & Drug Clearinghouse of the Tennessee Alcohol & Drug Association from 1989 to 2000. She developed and implemented Tennessee’s first alcohol & Drug prevention hotline The Tennessee REDLINE.  

From 2000 to 2001 served as marketing director of New Life Lodge Treatment Center in Burns, Tennessee and from 2000 to the 2007 owned and operated a small public relations firm Details UnLTD!, specializing in training, multi-media campaigns and imaging.    

With a love for news and information, Sharon developed and served as the editor of her own internet syndicated news service “The 411 Show Internet Syndicated New Service” (ISNS) on her website www.411show.net from 2002 to 2006.

Her writing crossed multiple platforms with an assignment for Dr. Bobby Jones Christian talk show on the Word Cable Television Network called “Let’s Talk Church”, for three seasons from 2005 through 2008.  Reruns of the program were carried on the BET Networks. 

She has served on and chaired numerous local, national & international boards, volunteered with dozens of organizations and has a long history of being a community advocate.

Organizations

Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame – Treasurer, Executive Board, 2012 to present 

Metro (Nashville) Human Relations Commission – Commissioner,  2012 to the present  

Women on Maintaining Education and Nutrition W.O.M.E.N. - Acting

Chairperson, Board of Directors, 2013

March of Dimes (Nashville)- Board of Governors, 2008 – 2011

NAACP – Nashville Branch – Communications Committee co-chair 2006-2007

Nashville Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) 2008 - 2010

Nashville Prevention Partnership (NPP) Executive Board Member, 1996-1997

Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists (SALIS International) Executive Board Chair, 1997 - 1998  

R.A.D.A.R. (Regional Alcohol & Drug Awareness Resource) Network a division of the U.S. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, National Executive Board Chair 1998 – 1999

Big Brothers/ Big Sisters Topeka, Kansas Chapter, Advisory Board 1984 – 1986

Topeka, Kansas Parks & Recreation Dept. Advisory Board Member 1983 – 1986

Shawnee Council of Camp Fire, Topeka, Kansas, Vice ChNorth Topeka (Kansas) Headstart Program – Board President 1978 – 1979 air 1984 - 1985

Honors & Awards

2010 Freedom Sisters Women of Achievement Award, Ford Motor Company  Foundation & Smithsonian Institution

2009 Best Radio Station General Manager Achievement in Radio (AIR) Awards

2007 Best Morning Drive Talk Show Achievement in Radio AIR Awards

2007 Mike Curb Community Service Award Achievement in Radio AIR Awards  

2006 Congressional Record 109th U.S. Congress Salute from U.S. House of Representatives (The original document is in the National Archives), Sept. 29, 2006

2005  Best Radio Station Website (The411Show.com) Achievement in Radio AIR Awards

2005  Metro Nashville Council  Recognition & Resolution for Outstanding Community Service for What's the 411? with Sharon Kay, June 7, 2005  

2004  Urban Legend Award (What's the 411? with Sharon Kay on 92Q) from Urban League of Mid.TN. for Voter Rights Restoration Media Campaign

2004  Ambassador of Hope Award – Broadcast Journalist of the Year, National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI Nashville

2004 Best Talk Show Host Nashville Achievement in Radio AIR Awards

1999 Pioneer Award – U.S. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) for trailblazing concepts in clearinghouse development (was among centers which developed national model for information dissemination)

1997 Nashville Prevention Partnership Executive Board Service

1988 Associated Press Story of the Year Award in the Large Market category for Tennessee, WLAC-AM 1510

1987- 1989 Associated Press News Story of the Week Winner 14-times at  WLAC-AM 1510

1985 Outstanding Contribution to Community Service, Exodusters Awareness Organization, Topeka Kansas, WREN AM 1250

1983 to the present dozens of Certificates of Appreciation have been presented to Sharon by community-based organizations in Topeka, Kansas and Nashville, Tennessee.

Sharon Kay
General Manager   JAZZY 88 WFSK

Education
Attended Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas – 1978 – 1980
Clark School of Business, Office Management - Topeka, Kansas – 1977-1978

Contact
341 DuBois Hall
1000 17th Ave. N.
Nashville, TN 37208

616.329.8754