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
10:04 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Prison Stories IV - Elaine Blanchard

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.  

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Checking on the Arts
6:31 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

The Brennan Villines Trio

The Brennan Villines Trio
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. 

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Checking on the Arts
4:21 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Dave Landis from Playhouse on the Square Talks about Annie

Running November 18-December 23, 2011, at Playhouse on the Square

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

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Checking on the Arts
10:52 am
Wed November 16, 2011

Armed + Dangerous: The Art of the Arsenal

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.

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Checking on the Arts
4:33 pm
Sat November 12, 2011

A Concert Honoring Shirley McRae

Shirley McRae
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.  

 

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