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

Brent Davis / Germantown Community Theatre

Ruthless: the Musical, by Joal Paley and Marvin Laird, opens May 17 and runs until June 2, 2013. Director Michael Duggan, along with cast members Sally Stover and Kim Justis-Eikner, spoke with Kacky Walton about the production.

Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical.

"Anything" includes murdering the teenage girl who got the part instead of Tina. 

Ruthless: the Musical

Musical/Comedy Book and Lyrics by Joal Paley, Music by Marvin Laird 

Theatre Memphis

Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs opens at Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage April 26, 2013. Director Irene Crist and actor Sam Shankman spoke with Kacky Walton about this coming-of-age production.

The plot focuses on a semi-autobiographical story featuring Eugene Morris Jerome, a Polish-Jewish American teenager, who experiences the turmoil of his family dynamics, his sexual awakening and his search for his identity. Having to deal with his older brother and female cousins who move into his home, the family situations prove to be material that is tender and funny.

Onur Tukel is the writer, director, editor and star of Richard's Wedding, which premiers Saturday, November 3 at The Indie Memphis Film Festival. 

The ensemble piece follows Tuna (Tukel) and longtime friend Alex as they make their way to a wedding in Central Park.  The duo meet up with a motley assortment of old friends only to revive old jealousies and debates on politics, religion, and the meaning of success, as the whole party runs the risk of going off the rails in a downpour of rain and emotions.

New Moon Theatre Company strives to produce challenging and provocative works that are rarely performed on the main stages of Memphis.  Bug by Tracy Letts (August:  Osage County) is right up their alley.

Shady Grove Presbyterian Church presents season two of  'Salt:  Increasing the Richness of Faith,' a series of music, conversation and community each Thursday evening at 7 through Thanksgiving.

True Story Pictures is scheduled to release the DVD of its documentary The Art Academy on November 16.  To celebrate the occasion, a DVD Preview Party will be held Thursday, October 18 at Marshall Arts.

Fiddler on the Roof will kick off the 93rd consecutive season at Theatre Memphis with director Kell Christie reliving each moment. 

Playhouse on the Square presents The 5th Annual Great Wine Performances Tuesday, August 21 from 6 to 8pm. The fundraiser is part wine tasting and part theatre trivia contest.

Artist David Butler is a native Memphian who rediscovered his hometown after attending college out of state.   He began to seek out the iconic places and things that make Memphis unique, and decided to use the medium of watercolor to create a loving homage to The Bluff City. 

John Kilzer's life has been a fascinating journey.  He grew up in the hometown of Carl Perkins  Jackson, Tennessee and lettered in basketball at what was then Memphis State.  After earning a degree in English, he taught Modern Lit and Composition at his alma mater.