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

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


The popular PBS series "History Detectives" returns to WKNO-TV Tuesday, July 1 with "History Detectives Special Investigations. "

One of the community outreach projects of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Drum Circle, is working with the local Veteran's Administration office.

In his latest book, prominent food writer Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen.

Memphis Symphony board chair Gayle Rose and President and CEO Roland Valliere discuss the financial challenges facing the group.

NPR's weekly comedy quiz show Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me is coming to Memphis Dec. 19th.  Host Peter Sagal lets us know what to expect.

In his latest book, music writer Robert Gordon explores the history of the legendary Stax Records.

New Moon Theatre Company

New Moon Theatre Company's Executive Producer Gene Elliot directs Frankenstein, adapted for the stage by Bo List. Elliot and actor Kinon Kepplinger join Darel Snodgrass to discuss the new show.

Based on the writings of Mary Shelley, the play tells the classic tale of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the creation that ends up ruling his life. The story opens on a haggard, emaciated, and nearly frozen Frankenstein and follows him as he obsessively strives to uncover the secrets of life.

Metal Museum

It's time once again to gather up your dull knives, bent garden tools and dented pots and pans - it's Repair Days weekend at the Metal Museum. 

Voices of the South

Renowned writer, actress, and storyteller Elaine Blanchard, known for her autobiographical performance, For Goodness Sake, and creator of the Prison Stories project, now brings us a new chapter in her life story. Skin and Bones is her true account of learning to live well with the body she was given, while offering audiences a glimpse into her own struggles with weight, body image, faith, love, and family.