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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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.

The word "legend" was used to describe Stanley Clarke by the time he was 25 years old.  As a member of Return to Forever with pianist Chick Corea, Stanley was the first bassist in history to double on acoustic and electric bass with equal virtuosity.  He has won every award imaginable and has headlined sold-out concerts across the globe. 

Darel Snodgrass talks to Memphis artist and 2011 Festival Artist Dolph Smith and Bonnie Thornton, who is responsible for the Artist Market section of the 2011 Memphis River Arts Fest, October 22nd-23rd on South Main Street.