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.


1:26 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Michael Pollan Discusses His New Book "Cooked"

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

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Checking on the Arts
9:42 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Memphis Symphony Orchestra Faces Financial Hurdles


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

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1:46 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Host Peter Sagal Talks about Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me

Carl Kasell and Peter Sagal

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.

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10:16 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Author Robert Gordon Discusses His New History of Memphis' Own Stax Records

Respect Yourself

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

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3:45 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Frankenstein, Presented by New Moon Theatre Company

Credit 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.

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