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

Darius B. WIlliams

Hear the “striking voices” of the 1968 sanitation workers and their families – voices of Civil Rights activists who shaped Memphis and the world, now at the Benjamin L. Hooks Library.


Joseph Killeen

She's been called a "sensation" by Billboard magazine and "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin," by The New York Times.


Bloomsbury

No one has covered the early years of the Memphis sound as exhaustively as Robert Gordon.


Rob Grayson

WKNO's Morning Edition host Rob Grayson has been in Memphis radio for longer than he would like to admit.


CentreStage Theatre

CentreStage Theatre presents "Judgment at Nuremberg," Abby Mann's theatrical version of his Oscar-winning screenplay for the 1961 Richard Kramer film, at Theatreworks, April 21-23 and 28-30.  Marler Stone directs.


New Ballet Ensemble pushes the envelope again with their remix of the classic Coppelia at their annual "Springloaded" performance, April 7, 8, and 9 at GPAC.


Wolf River Singers

The Wolf River Singers next concert. "Making Connections - Finding Our Way" will be Saturday March 18th at Church of the Holy Communion and Sunday March 19th at St. Peter's Catholic Church downtown.


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."


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