Bachelor’s degrees in journalism and media studies and English literature, University of Colorado, Boulder.
Since 2000, Alisha Sweeney has been a host and producer for non-commercial radio with alternative, Americana and contemporary formats. She’s hosted shows for Radio 1190, WFMU and KCUV. Alisha also spent five years working at an Internet music television station as executive producer, producer and writer of music-related programs.
In 2002, Alisha caught the eye of her journalism professor who encouraged her to take her career to London, England, where she was the first American host on ResonanceFM, a non-commercial radio station. Alisha curated a show called “MP3 Treasure Chest,” which featured obscure, Internet-discovered musicians and interviews with artists around the world, from Bombay to Brooklyn.
After her stint in London, Alisha planted roots in Denver where she landed her first commercial radio hosting position. She started off as the morning show DJ at new Americana radio station KCUV. Alisha was later recruited by ManiaTV to help launch the world’s first live Internet television station. She spent four years at ManiaTV, serving as executive producer, producer, writer and director for a handful of programs, including “The Daily Indie,” a music show featuring mostly music videos and interviews with some of the most inspiring independent bands in the music industry. While Alisha enjoyed working for a music video television station, she missed hosting her own show, so she went back to KVCU as a weekly host in addition to her producing duties at ManiaTV.
During a visit to New York City for the CMJ Music Marathon in 2007, Alisha approached her favorite east coast radio station, WFMU, about hosting a show. They agreed, and she created a program called “Colorado Music Is For Lovers.” She showcased the most exciting bands from Denver and conducted interviews with local heroes DeVotchKa and The Apples in Stereo.
Alisha has won several awards as a morning drive DJ, including being named Best Radio DJ in Denver by "Westword" in 2001 and 2013, as well as by Citysearch, which also named "The Morning Show With Alisha" on Radio 1190 the Best Morning Show in Denver. She also received the 2013 "Westword" Web Award for Best TV, Podcast, or Radio Personality on Social Media.