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
4:51 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Film Fans Rejoice! Indie Memphis Offers Up Global Lens Series & Concert Films For Summer

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.

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Checking on the Arts
2:05 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Prison Stories V

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.

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Checking on the Arts
10:42 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Xanadu: Kitschy Summer Fun at Playhouse on the Square!

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.  

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Checking on the Arts
7:16 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art opens "The Soul of a City: Memphis Collects African American Art"

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.

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Checking on the Arts
10:18 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Local Artist Transforms Neighborhood With a Secret Sculpture Garden

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

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