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.


Checking on the Arts
1:20 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

New group formed to promote Choro music

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

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Checking on the Arts
1:51 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

"Faulkner's World" at Memphis Cotton Museum

Credit Martin Dain

Opening Thursday May 28th at the Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange is "Faulkner's World," an exhibit of photos by Martin Dain.

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Checking on the Arts
12:51 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Laura Adams Interprets Audubon

Credit Laura W. Adams

Laura W. Adams is exhibiting her paper collage interpretations of the watercolors of John James Audubon at T. Clifton Art.

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Checking on the Arts
1:57 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Bookstock 2015 at Memphis Public Library

Credit Fotolia

The Memphis Public Library presents the fifth annual Bookstock, Saturday April 18 at the Benjamin L. Hooks  Central Library from 10:30 to 3:30.

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The Weekly Dish
6:51 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Local Greens start off the Spring Farmers Market Season

Credit Natalie Root

I am so excited! Farmers Market Season is here!

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