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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Although there is one concert remaining in the current season, featuring the legendary Andre Watts joining them for the Beethoven 'Emperor' Concerto, the IRIS Orchestra announced it's 2012-2013 season this week.  It puts a renewed emphasis on the musicians of the orchestra itself, while also featuring a slate of incredible guest artists.  Michael Stern is the founding Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of IRIS, and spoke with WKNO's Darel Snodgrass about the upcoming 13th season.


The Memphis Garden Club holds their biannual flower show this weekend at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens.  This is one of only nine major shows sanctioned by the Garden Clubs of America, featuring arrangements inspired by works of art in the exhibition Modern Dialect: American Scene Paintings from the Susan and John Horseman Collection, comprised of 50 American Scene and modernist paintings from the 1930s and 1940s.   Additionally, the Show includes current conservation applications, photography and local blue-ribbon horticulture selections.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with co-chairs Cami

True Story Pictures, makers of The Arts Interviews and The Music Interviews, is about to release a new film about the history of Memphis College of Art.  The film will premier on May 2 at Malco's Studio on the Square.  Darel Snodgrass spoke with Joann Self Selvidge, founder of True Story Pictures and producer and Director of The Art Academy.

Theatre Memphis will open Broadway's longest running American musical, Chicago, on the Lohrey Stage opening tonight, March 9, 2012, to run through April 1, 2012. Rob Hanford and Lindsey Roberts talk to Darel Snodgrass about this challenging production. 

Diavolo Dance Theater is an internationally renowned modern acrobatic dance company. Diavolo company members are dancers, gymnasts, actors, athletes and, above all, teammates.

According to Kitplanes magazine, more than 10,000 airplane kits were sold in 2004, the last year figures were compiled.  That's more than five times the number of factory-built small aircraft sold that year.  A prominent player in the kit airplane field is Zenith Aircraft Company, based in the small town of Mexico, Missouri.  WKNO's Darel Snodgrass visited Zenith, took a ride in one of their STOL (short takeoff and landing) airplanes, and talked with the company president about kit planes.  Zenith conducts facto

Dr. Dan Unowsky from the University of Memphis History Dept. talks an upcoming event at The Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities at the University of Memphis.

Timothy Snyder, Yale Professor of History, will speak about his acclaimed book "Bloodlands:  Europe Between Hitler and Stalin," next Thursday at 6 at the University Center Theatre.   

On December 17, 1903, the first successful homebuilt airplane flew in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  Today, there are still a lot of people building their own airplanes, even here in the Mid-South.  WKNO's Darel Snodgrass talked to some of them.

12,731 B17 bombers were produced by Boeing, Douglas and Lockheed from 1936 until 1945.  More than 800 were lost in combat and training, the remainder were stored and later scrapped.  Today, only 13 are in flying condition.  One of those is at the Olive Branch Airport this weekend.


Darel Snodgrass talks with Erik Jambor, Executive Director of Indie Memphis, and Morgan Jon Fox, director of the film This is What Love in Action Looks Like.  Next, Kacky Walton had the opportunity to talk with Andrew Pope and Winn Coslick, writer/producers of Losers Take All, as well as the director, Alex Steyermark.