Kacky Walton

Classical Music Host

I owe my radio career to the Ford Motor Company. My daddy had a Ford dealership in our hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi, and he thought it would be cute if his 7-year old daughter did his radio commercials. The pay wasn't great, just a pack of Wrigley's gum, but I was hooked on radio from then on.

I majored in Theater at Ole Miss, and really enjoyed the stage, but I always came back to radio. Now I have the best of both worlds: Everyday I get to create and host a classical music show and talk to fascinating people from the art world, and I get my theater fix when I host previews of Playhouse on the Square's musicals on Friday Live Lunch. Who could ask for anything more?

When I'm not doing radio, I love hanging out with my sweet rescue dog, who got his name from The Kinks song, “Do You Remember Walter”, from the album “Village Green Preservation Society”. I have to thank my late husband for that one.  Walter is, without a doubt, the most handsome boy on the planet, and completely deserves having his own theme song. I also love putting on loud music and having my own little throw-down dance party from time to time.  Not sure is Walter is so keen on that.  He gives me funny looks sometimes.
I started playing the piano at age 2, and began classical training at age 5. Having gone without a piano for a large chunk of time has made me pretty rusty, but now that I have it again, I'm working on getting the old chops back. Things that I can't do without: TV, a good movie, and yummy food and wine. Also any book by John Irving. And Tab.

I don't get paid in gum anymore, and I don't make big bucks either, but I do get to wake up in the morning excited about working for a radio station that matters. I get to work for public radio! How did a girl from Clarksdale get so lucky?

Ways to Connect

Executive Director Ryan Watt reveals this year's lineup for The Indie Memphis Film Festival, and local filmmaker Sara Kaye Larson talks about the True Story Pictures' documentary, The Keepers.

Karen Pulfer Focht's exhibit "The Time Catcher" features art photography and images from her twenty-six year career as an award-winning photojournalist with The Commercial Appeal.


Every picture tells a story, and in there are over fifty compelling ones in Karen Pulfer Focht's exhibit "The Time Catcher", currently on view at Gallery Ten Ninety One at The WKNO Digital Media Center.

A collection of large-scale works by acclaimed contemporary ceramic artist Jun Kaneko is on view through November 22 at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens.


Fresh off the success of his first play, Cicada, Jerre Dye explores the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease in his new work, DISTANCE.


Filmmaker Cody Dickinson and producer Boo Mitchell discuss their new Memphis music documentary, "Take Me to the River," featuring a star-studded cast of legendary musicians.

The Brooks Museum has created the first major retrospective to include Marisol's sculptures in conjunction with her works on paper.

Fuel Film Memphis is a not-for-profit organization engaged in promoting growth of the Memphis film industry by educating filmmakers and investors on the development of independent film projects, and facilitating relationships between investors, producers, directors, and writers to get more local films made in Memphis.

Playhouse on the Square

A Tuna Christmas is both an affectionate commentary and withering satire of small town, Southern life and attitudes, with 20+ characters played by just two actors. 

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art presents The Crossroads of Memory:  Carroll Cloar and the American South, on view through September 13.  The exhibition features works from major public collections as well as rarely seen pictures still in private hands.


Voices of the South hosts the 8th Annual Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival at the McCoy theatre on the Rhodes College campus this Memorial Day weekend. The pay-what-you-can festival features over a dozen different performances, workshops, street performances, and many arts activities.

Voices of the South members Alice Berry, Miranda Fisher, and Corwyn Cullum spoke with Kacky Walton about the event.

For more information, you can visit the Voices of the South website.