Darel Snodgrass

Classical Music Host

I began piano lessons at age 6, trumpet at age 9, and began teaching myself the guitar at 10. My electronics knowledge comes from my father, who had the RCA television and stereo shop in my hometown of Pocahontas, Arkansas for nearly 20 years. My dad is still fixing televisions at age 79.

I attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville as a music major, and worked weekend shifts at the U of A radio station (my first experience playing classical music on the radio).  I spent a summer playing piano, guitar and bass at the defunct “L'il Abner”- based theme park Dogpatch USA, near Harrison, Arkansas. After a few years playing music professionally, I finished a BS degree in Radio/TV production at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. 

After another few years playing music in the Ozarks, I moved to Memphis with my wife. I’ve served as Operations Manager of WKNO-FM since 1988, and morning Classical Music host since 1994 – conducting more than 4,500 Checking on the Arts interviews along the way.

Ways to Connect

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra presents works by Stravinsky, Cantaloube, and Beethoven in the second Paul and Linnea Bert Classic Accents concert, Sunday January 22 at 2:30 at Germantown Performing Arts Center.


The Dali Quartet, joined by pianist Vanessa Perez, will perform on Tuesday, January 24th at 7:30 pm at  Harris Concert Hall on the University of Memphis campus.


Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

The Wall St. Journal calls them "the power couple of chamber music."


Stephen Yusko

The new "Tributaries" exhibition at the Metal Museum features the work of Stephen Yusko.


Harpers Weekly

“Memories of a Massacre: Memphis in 1866, a Symposium Exploring Slavery, Emancipation, and Reconstruction.” will be held at the University of Memphis May 20-21.


TouchStone Books

Memphis is a barbecue town, but what we don't get to see (and taste) much here is whole-hog.


Rhodes College

Now in its fourth year at Rhodes, the Tournées French Film Festival is back.


Jennifer Chandler

This weekend, Opera Memphis will be performing Pagliacci.


Choro das 3

Brazilian instrumental group Choro das 3 returns to Memphis Friday July 17 at 8 pm at the Buckman Performing Arts Center at St. Mary's Episcopal School.

The Brazilian music group Choro Das Tres will be returning to Memphis in July.

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