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
4:39 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Germantown Community Theatre Presents Ruthless: The Musical

Ruthless: the Musical at Germantown Community Theatre
Credit 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 

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Checking on the Arts
9:31 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Theatre Memphis Presents Brighton Beach Memoirs

Sam Shankman as Eugene Morris Jerome
Credit 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.

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Checking on the Arts
6:12 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Filmmaker Onur Tukel Featured In Two Premiers At The 15th Annual Indie Memphis Film Festival

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.

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Checking on the Arts
6:22 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

New Moon Theatre Company Stages Paranoid Thriller 'Bug'

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.

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Checking on the Arts
5:53 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Shady Grove Presbyterian Announces Fall "Salt" Series

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.

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