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

For the third year running, Rhodes is hosting the Tournées French Film Festival, sponsored by the Communities in Conversation lecture series.

A new food-oriented web site aims to help Mid-Southerners find the best in local dining, while also helping to feed the less fortunate.

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.

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

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.


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


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.


Memphis College of Art

Ed Perry's story is an art-world fairy tale; the great artist who toils in obscurity and is discovered and celebrated after his death.

Cotton Museum

Opening August 1st at the Cotton Museum is "Parting Shots and a look back: a final exhibit of new and past works by Dolph Smith."


Brazilian instumental group Choro das 3 returns to the area with a performance at the Lane Music listening room at 7 pm Saturday.


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