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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NEWS AND FEATURES
1:18 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Repair Days This Weekend at the Metal Museum

Metalsmiths working at Repair Days
Credit 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. 

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CHECKING ON THE ARTS
2:30 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Skin And Bones, Presented By Voices Of The South

Skin and Bones, written and performed by Elaine Blanchard
Credit 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.

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CHECKING ON THE ARTS
7:05 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Ira Glass To Visit Memphis For An Evening Of Storytelling And Music

Ira Glass
Credit 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.

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CHECKING ON THE ARTS
9:50 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Garden Overflowing? Kevin West's New Book Can Help

Saving the Season
Credit 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.

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CHECKING ON THE ARTS
9:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Choro Das 3 Brings Brazilian Folk Sounds To First Congo

Choro das 3

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. 

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