WFSK Jazzy 88
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1000 17th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37208
Organization Details

Executive Director

Executive Director Ms. Sharon Kay Ms.
Term Start November 2005
Sharon 's Experience: My title is General Manger of WFSK Radio since .

Sharon has been a multi-award winning media professional now for 42-years with stints in radio, television, newspaper, and web-based services. In 2016, she was give the Headliners & Heroes Award for Media Excellence from the Nashville Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2015 she among those honored as a Women of Legend & Merit in Media by Tennessee State University, in 2009 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.

She began her radio career on AM1250 WREN Radio in Topeka, Kansas in the late 1970's 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 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 and conducted freelance writing assignments.

As a respected veteran broadcaster in her capacity as GM at WFSK, Ms. Kay is responsible for the station's format, playlists, music selections and programs in all forms of jazz, promotions, station imaging and fundraising. Under her leadership JAZZY 88 has become an award winning widely respected radio station and a Billboard Magazine reporting station, Groove Jazz Music reporting radio station and named as Nashville's Best Jazz Station 2017 by the Nashville Scene Newspaper.


Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 13
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%

Plans & Policies

Does your organization have a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does your organization have a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 4
When was the Strategic Plan adopted? July 2018
Does your organization have a Management Succession Plan? Yes
Does your organization have a Policy and Procedure Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Whistle Blower Policy? No
Does the organization have a Document Destruction Policy? Yes


Is there a formal evaluation for... Frequency (if applicable)
CEO/Executive Director Yes Annually
Senior Management Yes Annually
Non-Management Yes Annually


Affiliation Year
AAPRC 2009
AP 2006
Backbone 2006
TAB 2005

External Assessments and Accreditations

Assessment/Accreditation Year
FCC 1973


Award / Recognition Organization Year
Best College Station AIR Awards 2009
Nashville's Best Jazz Station Nashville Scene 2017

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

WFSK has 2-full-time staff and is only funded at that level by Fisk University. Station management must be equipped with the professional broadcasting knowledge of all facets of the industry.

With this challenge multiple skills-sets are used daily to keep the 24/7 operation going. As an FCC licensed radio station, that is required.

Those include but are not limited to: fundraising and sponsorship, programming (creation & implementation), music (format and flow), production, traffic & copywriting, news/talk/sports, public affairs/public relations (health & safety informational campaigns, etc.), marketing and imaging, and technology.