Bill Pearce

Music Producer and Host

Bill was born and raised in a sod hut on the Kansas plains.

And then he graduated with a degree in clarinet performance from Simpson College in Indianola. While in Iowa, Pearce worked at a commercial radio station playing pop-like music records and reading news. 

After college, he returned to Wichita and began a career in photography. He worked for KWCH, at a commercial photo studio and later for Cessna. Pearce got back into radio when he found a job at the now-defunct Friends University station. He played classical music during the week and hosted his own jazz show on Saturdays.

For the past eight years, Pearce has read magazines like Sports Illustrated and Entertainment Weekly for the Wichita Radio Reading Service, which is in the same building as KMUW. That’s how General Manager Mark McCain found him. Straight No Chaser features mostly instrumental jazz, from early music to recent recordings. Also listen for the record labels, names of all the musicians involved, and when the recording was made.


2:02 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

More Saxophone From Ben Webster, Johnny Hodges And Others On Straight No Chaser

Saxophonist Ben Webster

Sunday, November 16

If you haven't heard yet, the saxophone was invented by Adolphe Sax. This month marks his 200th birthday, and we're celebrating all November long. Tonight we hear Ben Webster and Johnny Hodges, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Zoot Sims and Supersax. And don't worry, next month we aren't going to tell you it's the birthday of trumpet inventor, Donald Trump.

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3:32 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Saxophone Celebrations Continue On Staight No Chaser

Sax legend Cannonball Adderley

 Sunday, November 9:

We continue our celebration of Adolphe Sax’s birthday with more, more, more saxophones. Tonight, we'll hear from jazz alto saxophonist Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley, plus The Tenor Trio - made up of Pete Christleib, Ernie Watts and Rickey Woodard.  Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, and Illinois Jacquet also join in.

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9:14 am
Mon October 20, 2014

New Music From Larry Goldings Mingles With Clifford Jordan Big Band And Miles Davis

Pianist, organist, producer and composer Larry Goldings

Sunday, October 26:

New stuff from Gerry Gibbs, Larry Goldings, Charlie Hayden and Jim Hall and the Cookers mingles with older things by Clifford Jordan Big Band, Miles Davis, Benny Green and Bill Evans as Straight No Chaser continues to blend early jazz with recent recordings. 

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1:41 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

New Jazz From Larry Fuller, Old Classics From Bob Florence, Art Blakey And More

The new album from jazz pianist Larry Fuller
Credit Album Cover Art

Sunday, October 19:

We'll hear a mix of old and new music tonight on Straight No Chaser. The new comes from jazz pianist Larry Fuller and his self-titled September release. Plus plenty of old from Bob Florence, Art Blakey and Miles Davis.

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10:11 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Swing, Blues And Bebop Unite With Frank Wess, Ray Bryant And More

Jazz flutist and saxophonist Frank Wess

Sunday, October 12

We straddle the lines between swing, blues and bebop this week on Straight No Chaser. Hear selections from American jazz saxophonist and flutist Frank Wess, plus music from Ray Bryant, Art Pepper, Joe Beck, Gerry Mulligan and Lou Donaldson. 

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11:26 am
Mon September 22, 2014

BeBop From Cedar Walton, Horace Silver And More On Straight No Chaser

Cedar Walton, jazz pianist

Sunday, September 28

We'll hear some great BeBop tonight on Straight No Chaser, with music from pianist Cedar Walton and the legendary Miles Davis. We'll also hear from Horace Silver, one of the most enduring names in jazz, along with saxophonist Stan Getz.

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9:33 am
Wed September 3, 2014

New Music From Phil Wood & Bill Goodwin Quartet On Straight No Chaser

Bill Goodwin Quartet

Sunday, September 7

On tonight's Straight No Chaser, we hear new music from jazz alto saxophonist Phil Woods, plus the latest from Bill Goodwin, Pat Bianchi, Adam Niewood and Chris Higgins of the Bill Goodwin Quartet. 

We'll also hear from the always popular Sonny Stitt, Ahmad Jamal, Zoot Sims and Al Cohn.

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9:26 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Steaming Hot New Releases From Guitarist Greg Amirault, Holly Hoffman And More

Greg Amirault, jazz guitarist

Sunday, August 31:

Some steaming hot new releases open the show, including new music from Canadian jazz guitarist Greg Amirault, the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra and flutist Holly Hoffman. We will also hear from established artists like Wallace Roney, Jimmy Ponder, Ray Brown and Jerry Bergonzi.

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4:57 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

New Music From Jazz Pianist Sabine And Eric Reed On Straight No Chaser

Jazz pianist Sabine

  Sunday, August 24

Tonight on Straight No Chaser, hear a variety of selections, including a pre-release offering from Sabine Pothier. Sabine, born is Moscow, is a Los Angeles based jazz pianist. We'll also hear from new releases by Eric Reed, Josh Breakstone and Joey DeFrancesco to classics from Horace Silver.

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11:05 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Straight No Chaser Features Mid-Century Jazz With Art Farmer, Phil Woods And More

Jazz trumpeter Art Farmer

Sunday, August 17

Tonight, listen for a feature of mostly mid-century jazz with a variety of flavorful toppings. We'll hear from bebop alto saxophonist Phil Woods and Art Farmer on the trumpet. Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Eric Alexander, Zoot Sims and Woody Shaw are also heard.

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