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

Christopher Parks / http://superjump.org/

Marcela Pinilla will be joining members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra for an upcoming Opus One concert, featuring world dance rhythms that will get you off your feet and onto the dance floor. 

Voices of the South / http://voicesofthesouth.org

Sister Myotis and friends have an all new show, as they mark the END OF TIMES with music, mayhem, and merriment! 

The modern dance collective Project Motion continues to unveil its 25th anniversary season of compelling performances by "hooking up" with distant dance makers from Seattle and Houston for a one-of-a-kind weekend of synergistic storytelling that will fuse Hip-Hop, improvisation, and contemporary movement styles.  "AXIS: Long Distance Affairs" will run February 17-19 at Evergreen Theatre.

Dave Landis talks about "In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play" --  a 2010 Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award nominee for Best Play -- running now through February 5, 2012 at Circuit Playhouse.

Elaine Blanchard

Prison Stories 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.  

Brennan Villines

An interview with Brennan Villines about his new CD with the Brennan Villines Trio, which will be released December 14, 2011.

Memphis entertainer Brennan Villines has been making his mark in the Industry in more ways than one. A recent graduate of the University of Memphis with a Bachelors of Music and concentration in Music Business, Brennan’s career began to take off when he was awarded a full scholarship to The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music and decided to move to Memphis from rural western Kentucky. 

Dave Landis from Playhouse on the Square about their upcoming production of Annie, running November 18-December 23, 2011.

Marina Pacini, chief curator at The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art talks about "Armed + Dangerous:  The Art of the Arsenal," an exhibit that explores the evolution, function, and craft of weaponry and armor across time and continents.  It demonstrates how they reflect the cultures that produced them and that even some of the most menacing objects can be aesthetically appealing.

Pavane Publishing

Kacky Walton talks to Dr. Lawrence Edwards about his upcoming concert honoring composer and University of Memphis  professor emerita Shirley McRae, who has become an influential force in the world of choral music over her 25 year tenure.  Select pieces from Dr. McRae's repertoire will be performed by the University Singers and Chamber Choir Sunday, November 13th, at 4 in the afternoon at Idlewild Presbyterian Church.  

 

Courtney Oliver from Playhouse on the Square talks about Curtain Up! - Five parties under one roof at Playhouse - taking place on 11-11-11 (it only happens once!), a fundraiser for Playhouse on the Square.

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