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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Checking on the Arts
4:00 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

IRIS Orchestra Announces New Season

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.

 

Checking on the Arts
2:01 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Memphis Flower Show at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens

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

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Checking on the Arts
1:03 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

New Movie about Memphis College of Art from True Story Pictures

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.

Checking on the Arts
7:00 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Chicago at Theatre Memphis

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. 

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Checking on the Arts
10:45 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Diavolo Dance Theatre

Diavolo Dance Theatre

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

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