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?



Checking on the Arts
10:16 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Icons in Transformation on View at Calvary Episcopal Church

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.  

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Checking on the Arts
4:46 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Singer-Songwriter Valerie June Showcases Her Signature "Organic Moonshine Roots Music"

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. 

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Checking on the Arts
10:29 am
Mon April 9, 2012

New Moon Theatre Company Presents King Lear at TheatreWorks

King Lear, Kent, and the Fool
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.

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Checking on the Arts
12:33 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Shakespeare in the Park

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.

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Checking on the Arts
6:38 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Jeremy T. Warner's Final Doctoral Recital

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

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