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.

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Checking on the Arts
2:54 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

A Festive "Twelfth Night" at the Dixon

Credit TN Shakespeare Company

Tennessee Shakespeare Company continues their season with a new production of "Twelfth Night" at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens December 11-14 and 18-21.

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CHECKING ON THE ARTS
2:17 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Jewish Literary and Cultural Arts Festival Runs Through Nov. 23

Robert Gordon

Memphis author Robert Gordon discusses his book "Respect Yourself" at the Memphis Jewish Community Center, part of the Jewish Literary and Cultural Arts Festival.

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CHECKING ON THE ARTS
9:34 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Tennessee Shakespeare Company Resurrects "Richard III"

Credit Richard III bones

Tennessee Shakespeare Company opens its seventh season with a resurrection of William Shakespeare’s Richard III  at Germantown Performing Arts Center over Halloween.


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Checking on the Arts
1:29 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

New IRIS Season opens with Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth

Pinchas Zukerman, Amanda Forsyth

The fifteenth IRIS Orchestra season opens on October 16 with the IRIS debut of violinist Pinchas Zukerman and his acclaimed cellist wife Amanda Forsyth.


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CHECKING ON THE ARTS
2:22 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

New Recording of Charles Ives Music Arranged for Jazz Orchestra

Credit Planet Arts

It took 12 years of work, but "Mists: Charles Ives for Jazz Orchestra" arranged by U of M Jazz Director Jack Cooper, is now out on CD.


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