Sharon Kay is lovingly deemed Sharon ‘411’ Kay by most due to her seamless professionalism and vast realm of resourcefulness and numerous gifts and talents. The beautiful (inside and out) multi-talented media personality and teaching professional believes “what you put into something, is what you generally back.” With that being said, her proof is in the proverbial pudding.
Sharon Kay has always believed in and still practices a long, hard and dedicated work day. This can be seen at Fisk University with anything she sets her mind to do. While covering some of the collegial activities over the last year alone, we were able to witness these amazing traits and a staunch cohesiveness with practically everyone in her midst. It’s a known fact that this lady leads by example.
Sharon is the current 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) came to the air in 1973, making it the first African American FM radio station in Nashville. In 2015, she was honored as a Women of Legend & Merit in Media by Tennessee State University. 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.
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 92Q Cumulus Media. Her syndicated program What’s the 411? with Sharon Kay is part of the African American Public Radio Consortium (AAPRC) satellite programming options available to public, community & HBCU stations.
Sharon has been a multi-award winning media professional now for 38-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 1970s as an overnight part time board operator/disc jockey. The 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’ for many years. Since moving to the Nashville market in the mid 1980s, Kay has served as a news anchor and 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, including the Pride Publishing Group.
In addition to the yearly telethon fundraiser (a.k.a., ‘fun’ raiser) for WFSK, the station is an awesome community nucleus for college students. Among other noted programs and activities WFSK Jazzy 88 hosts a weekly ‘Artist of the Week’ feature. This is just the tip of the iceberg for the invaluable 2016 event activity line up. To get involved, get sponsorship queries or to be added to the mailing list, ‘get the 411 for the rest of the year’ via phone at 615-329-8754 or on their website at www.wfskfm.org.