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

Stuart Mullenberg

Darel Snodgrass talks with Ira Glass about his upcoming performance in Memphis, Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass, Saturday, October 5, 2013, at the Orpheum Theatre.

The show features Glass -- radio pioneer, host, and creator of This American Life -- as he mixes live stories with pre-taped quotations and music. He will also be featuring a “best of” segment from some of the series’ funniest moments.

Kevin West

If you're tired of sneaking bags of zucchini onto your neighbor's porches overnight, or have realized in a panic that you can't possibly eat your farmers market haul before it goes bad, Kevin West can help. 

His new book is Saving the Season:  A Cook's Guide to Home Canning, Pickling and Preserving and he joined us in the studio to talk about his very modern approach to an ancient culinary art.

His website is savingtheseason.com.

Choro das 3 is a Brazilian trio formed in 2003 by three sisters from the state of Sao Paulo. Despite their youth, they have amassed an amazing number of achievements, playing for audiences large (over a million) and small (for President Lula da Silva.) They've garnered numerous national awards in a country that takes its music very seriously. 

They will be performing July 10 at First Congregational Church as part of the Memphis Acoustic Music Association concert series. 

David Glover

Is beekeeping an art form?  Darel Snodgrass thinks so, and talked with local "bee whisperer" David Glover about swarms, removing bees from your house, and why bees are important to all of us.


New Moon Theatre Company

The Rainmaker

By N. Richard Nash

Directed by Amy Hanford

April 5 - 21, 2013

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm Sundays at 2:00 pm

Tickets at 901-484-3467 or online at http://www.newmoontheatre.org/tickets.html

$15 Adults, $12 Seniors, Students & Military

At the time of a paralyzing drought in the West a family is worried about their dying cattle. Added on top of this worry is the daughter, Lizzie.

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The Memphis Symphony Orchestra is gearing up for its second POPS show of the season: Home for the Holidays, a cheerful celebration of all the favorite holiday carols and sing-a-longs.  

World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma unites with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra Monday, October 22nd at 7:30 pm at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with Mr. Ma about the Dvorak Cello Concerto and the importance of music education.

For tickets or more information, 537-2525 or www.memphissymphony.org.

Two giants of the jazz world are coming to Germantown Performing Arts Center on Sunday, September 30 at 7 pm.  Pianist Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton have been collaborating in concert and on multiple Grammy-winning recordings since 1972.  On this concert, they will be joined by the Harlem String Quartet.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with Gary Burton about his music, his instrument, and his longtime partnership with Chick Corea.

For tickets and more information, (901) 751-7500 or www.gpacweb.com.

Tony and Emmy-winning actor John Lithgow brings his acclaimed one-man theatrical memoir to Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center Tuesday, September 18.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with John Lithgow about this very personal work, and how it defines his roots as an actor and storyteller.

For tickets and information, (901)385-6440, or www.bpacc.org.

Opera Memphis is about to begin their new new season, but before the first Masterworks production of La Boheme in November, they're bringing 30 days of opera, all over the area.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with Opera Memphis Artistic Director Ned Canty about this exciting program.

For a schedule of appearances, http://operamemphis.org/calendar