Darel Snodgrass

Classical Music Host

I began piano lessons at age 6, trumpet at age 9, and began teaching myself the guitar at 10. My electronics knowledge comes from my father, who had the RCA television and stereo shop in my hometown of Pocahontas, Arkansas for nearly 20 years. My dad is still fixing televisions at age 79.

I attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville as a music major, and worked weekend shifts at the U of A radio station (my first experience playing classical music on the radio).  I spent a summer playing piano, guitar and bass at the defunct “L'il Abner”- based theme park Dogpatch USA, near Harrison, Arkansas. After a few years playing music professionally, I finished a BS degree in Radio/TV production at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. 

After another few years playing music in the Ozarks, I moved to Memphis with my wife. I’ve served as Operations Manager of WKNO-FM since 1988, and morning Classical Music host since 1994 – conducting more than 4,500 Checking on the Arts interviews along the way.

Ways to Connect

We always make a Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. A more fitting name in our house should be to call this recipe Sarah’s Disappearing Banana Bread!

So Much Film

By every yardstick, anti-Semitism in the US and Europe is rising and worsening in ways not seen since the 1930s. Filmmaker Andrew Goldberg explores this process in his film “Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations."

Jennifer Chandler

Bread is one of those items that can be hit or miss on the grocery shelves these days.  Making your own is simpler than you think.

Susan Schadt Press

Memphis Reads presents panelists Charles Hughes, Geoff Calkins, and Zandria Robinson to help celebrate Memphis’ bicentennial by discussing the book, Memphis: 200 Years Together at 6 pm, Wednesday September 18 at Christian Brothers University Theatre and Thursday September 19 at McNeil Concert Hall at Rhodes College. The panels are free and open to the public and will be moderated by Shelby County Mayor, Lee Harris, and followed by a concert by Motel Mirrors, featuring Amy LaVere and John Paul Keith.


Beginning September 15, Country Music features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. The eight-part 16-hour series is directed and produced by Ken Burns; written and produced by Dayton Duncan; and produced by Julie Dunfey.

Justin Bowles

Artist Justin Bowles has transformed the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University into Temple of the Cha-Cha-Hua, a fantasy environment that will hopefully speak to a sacred space inside each of us: the essence of our childhood dreams. 

James Carey

For 35 years, Memphis College of Art (MCA) students have been following in the footsteps of American artist Walter Inglis Anderson (1903-1965) as they make a 10-day excursion to Horn Island, an uninhabited barrier island off the coast of Mississippi. This year marked the 35th, and final, Horn Island expedition for MCA. 

Orpheum Theatre Group

The Halloran Centre for Performing Arts and Education, part of the Orpheum Theatre Group, has just announced its 2019-2020 season.

Rachel Neville Photography

Ballet Memphis concludes their main-stage season with the iconic Giselle, April 12 through 14 at the Orpheum.

The Falling and the Rising​ is a new American opera conceived by Sergeant First Class Ben Hilgert of the U.S. Army Soldiers' Chorus, inspired by Opera Memphis' Ghosts of Crosstown project in 2014.