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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Life Matters
6:49 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Healthier Grocery Shopping

Credit Fotolia

A healthy life is a good life. And this week, on WKNO’s Life Matters, Erica Walters with the Church Health Center offers tips and suggestions for making healthier choices.

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The Weekly Dish
6:49 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Variations on a favorite sweet treat

Credit Judy Pound Cakes

Tomorrow is National Pound Cake Day!

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Checking on the Arts
2:03 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Memphis Symphony, Rhodes Mastersingers present Handel's Messiah

Rhodes Music Department Chair Dr. William Skoog will conduct the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Rhodes Mastersingers Chorale and soloists in Handel's masterpiece.

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Checking on the Arts
1:44 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

French Film Festival returns to Rhodes

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

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Checking on the Arts
1:43 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

New Mid-South Web Dining Site Benefits Homeless

Grove Grill owner and executive chef Jeff Dunham

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.

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