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.


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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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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Checking on the Arts
1:48 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Memphis College of Art hosts 2 shows of little-known artist Edward Perry

Construction by Ed Perry
Credit 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.

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1:47 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Final Show for Memphis Art Icon Dolph Smith

Credit 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."

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