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?

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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.  

 

Checking on the Arts
4:28 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Curtain Up! 5 Parties Under One Roof at Playhouse on the Square

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.

This event includes:

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Checking on the Arts
3:54 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Indie Memphis Film Festival 2011 Interviews

Indie Memphis Film Festival 2011
IndieMemphis

Darel Snodgrass talks with Erik Jambor, Executive Director of Indie Memphis, and Morgan Jon Fox, director of the film This is What Love in Action Looks Like.  Next, Kacky Walton had the opportunity to talk with Andrew Pope and Winn Coslick, writer/producers of Losers Take All, as well as the director, Alex Steyermark.

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