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
1:32 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

True Story Pictures DVD Preview Party For The Art Academy October 18 At Marshall Arts

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.

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Checking on the Arts
5:19 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Tradition Runs Deep in Theatre Memphis Season Opener 'Fiddler on the Roof'

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

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Checking on the Arts
5:32 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

The 5th Annual Great Wine Performances Set for Tuesday at Playhouse on the Square

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.

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Checking on the Arts
6:39 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

David Butler's Watercolors Capture Iconic Memphis Images in Gallery Ten Ninety One Exhibit

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. 

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Checking on the Arts
6:56 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

John Kilzer's Life Affirming New CD, 'The Way: Live'

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. 

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