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
11:57 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Stanley Clarke Performing at GPAC on November 5

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. 

Checking on the Arts
11:00 am
Wed October 19, 2011

River Arts Fest 2011

The 2011 Memphis River Arts Fest poster, created by Memphis artist Dolph Smith

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.

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