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

Now through August, Indie Memphis continues its year-round collaboration with The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art by presenting the 2012 Global Lens Film Series, a program which showcases award-winning narrative feature films from Argentina, Columbia, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, Morocco and Turkey.

Prison Stories V is Voices of the South’s latest outreach program, providing a year-long writing and theatre intensive for women currently serving time in the Shelby County Prison System.

Based on the cult film of the same name, a Greek muse descends from the heavens to 1980's Venice Beach, California, to inspire struggling artist Sonny to create the greatest entertainment achievement possible (at least in the 1980s): a Roller Disco!  The muse falls in love with the mortal, and her jealous sisters plot to bring them down.  

This summer, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will showcase the diversity, vitality, and creativity of African American art in The Soul of a City: Memphis Collects African American Art, an exhibition of more than 100 important and thought-provoking paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, and mixed media works selected from private and public collections in Memphis.

A vacant residential lot in the North Memphis neighborhood of Speedway Terrace is slowly filling with stone pathways, benches, flowers, and sculpture made by local artists and neighborhood children.  It's a dream realized by local artist Thomasin Durgin, who conceived the idea a decade ago.  She gradually saved enough money to buy the lot at 1095 Forrest Avenue, and set about to create a public arts space.  In addition to creating a beautiful, peaceful place for neighbors to gather, she has delighted in the positive impact her project has had on the children who have volunteered to particip

Icons in Transformation, a dramatic 120 piece traveling exhibit, includes the contemporary work of acclaimed Russian abstract expressionist, Ludmila Pawlowska, along with Russian traditional icons from the Vassilevsky Monastery/Suzdal. After touring cathedrals of Europe and the United States, this must-see exhibit is now in Memphis at Calvary Episcopal Church through June 22.  

Hers is a twilight voice, a liquid silk from the heart of Tennessee.  It is tailor-made for lullabies and lyric blues; and so, for that matter is Valerie June's spirit.  For years June quietly built her brand in Memphis, where magnetic Southern charm and stunning stage presence earned her a feature spot on MTV web series $5 Cover.  But no reality show could capture the true reality of this talent:  a self-taught guitarist, banjoist and songwriter, June has crafted a sound that draws on the best of southern traditions. 

Photo by New Moon Theatre Company

The aging King Lear determines to split his domain evenly between his three daughters. When asked which daughter loves him best, the two oldest, Goneril and Regan, shower him with false flattery and love.

Director Dan McCleary talks about Tennessee Shakespeare Company's  upcoming performance of The Tempest, April 11 - 22 at Shelby Farms Park's outdoor amphitheater, the Wooden O.

The University of Memphis Singers and Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jeremy T. Warner, will perform works by Anton Bruckner and Aaron Copland.