Kacky Walton

Classical Music Host

I owe my radio career to 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 husband Greg and our puppy Walter. Board games are big at our house. So is dancing with abandon when the tunes are good.

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?

 

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CHECKING ON THE ARTS
11:10 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Brooks Museum's Marisol Retrospective Re-establishes a Major Figure in Postwar Art

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

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CHECKING ON THE ARTS
10:48 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Fuel Film Memphis Promotes Growth of City's Film Industry

For more information, you can visit http://www.fuelfilm.org.

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.


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THEATRE
9:02 am
Tue November 19, 2013

A Tuna Christmas at the Circuit Playhouse

Michael Gravois (left) and John Hemphill in A Tuna Christmas
Credit 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. 


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CHECKING ON THE ARTS
2:25 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Work of Iconic Memphis Artist Celebrated during 'The Summer of Cloar'

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.

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Checking on the Arts
4:02 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Voices Of The South 8th Annual Memphis Children's Theatre Festival

The 2013 Memphis Children's Theatre Festival
http://www.voicesofthesouth.org

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.

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