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

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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