Gary Sharp joined 1620 The Zone with more than 16-years of sports marketing experience working with such franchises as the Fort Myers Miracles, Minnesota Twins, Wheeling Nailers and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. From 1994-2005, Sharp worked as the sports director for KLIN-AM in Lincoln, he also served as pre-game host, sideline reporter, locker room host and sports talk shot host for the Nebraska Sports Network. During that time, he also worked as the play-by-play voice for Nebraska Baseball and was the play-by-play announcer for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL and with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. In his current role, he is the Sports Director for KOZN-AM, Sharp and Benning in the Morning co-host and is the play-by-play voice for UNO Men’s Basketball.
The Urbandale, Iowa native returned to the Midwest after six seasons in professional baseball. His promotional efforts with the Miracle garnered national attention and awards in minor league baseball, including MILB’s Promotion of the Year in 2009 and 2011.
He is active in the community with Big Brothers-Big Sisters of the Midlands and other service projects.
Former UNL Husker standout Damon Benning adds another honor to the long list of accolades. Not only was he a standout running back for the football Cornhuskers from 1992 to 1996, he was the MVP of the 1996 Orange Bowl. Since hanging up his cleats, Benning joined the broadcast field as an analyst on the Big Ten Network, NET Television, Cox Communications and has made numerous guest appearances on 1620 The Zone over the years.
Today, Benning serves as sportscaster on Omaha’s official sports radio station in a full-time capacity, as the co-host of the morning show with Sports Director Gary Sharp, weekdays from 7a-11a. Sharp and Benning have worked side-by-side many times before. Together, the duo provides a tremendous benefit to listeners who admire him and value their expert opinion.
There’s no question, Damon is a tremendous talent on the field, but he is an unparalleled sportscaster off the field.
Shane is married with 3 kids and has a big beautiful house with a swimming pool. In his free time he enjoys reading and studying French architecture. Actually, he still lives at home in his mother’s basement. He turned his mom’s sewing room into his Oakland Raiders man cave. He also collects comic books and Lego mini-figures.