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.


8:16 am
Tue May 28, 2013

What's On: June 2

Guitarist Grant Green was born June 6, 1935. While he never achieved success with the general public like Wes Montgomery, he was highly regarded by other musicians for his use of the single note melodic line, and rarely played chords. On this week’s and next’s SNC, we will celebrate his birthday. Tonight, he plays his original No. 1 Green Street, along with two originals.

8:52 am
Wed May 22, 2013

What's On: May 26

We conclude this month’s feature of the Hammond B3 organ with Barbara Dennerlein, Mike LeDonne, Jimmy Smith and Doug MacDonald’s Reorganized Quartet.

8:57 am
Mon May 13, 2013

What's On: May 19

We continue our May feature, the B3 organ, tonight, as we hear Barbara Dennerlein, Mike LeDonne, Joey DeFrancesco and a 1957 recording of Jimmy Smith available only in a limited edition Mosaic set.

8:55 am
Mon May 6, 2013

What's On: May 12

Our focus on the B3 continues tonight when we hear from Don Patterson, Jimmy Smith and Papa John DeFrancesco.

11:14 am
Mon April 29, 2013

What's On: May 5

During the month of May, along with showers and flowers, SNC, along with Night Train and Strange Currency will feature the B3 organ, the Queen of Jazz. Tonight we hear West Coast organist Bobby Pierce with guitarist Doug Macdonald, and in a variety of settings, Shirley Scott.

7:31 am
Mon April 8, 2013

What's On: April 14

Jazz Appreciation Month continues throughout April with more vibes, from Lionel Hampton, Terry Gibbs, the MJQ, Gary Burton and Bobby Hutcherson, only a few of whom will remember to pay their taxes tomorrow.

9:17 am
Mon March 25, 2013

What's On: March 31

We hear nothing but the best from Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon and Jimmy Bruno to Alan Broadbent and Gary Foster.

11:02 am
Mon March 18, 2013

What's On: March 24

Tonight we hear all big bands. Included are bands led by Count Basie, Mike Barone, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson and Bob Florence.

7:57 am
Tue March 12, 2013

What's On: March 17

Tonight we hear new CDs from recent Wichita visitors The New York Voices and from guitarist Doug Mac Donald, and finish up the evening with three great pianists, Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans and Jimmy Rowles.

9:05 am
Mon March 4, 2013

What's On: March 10

Tonight we hear old and new, old from Paul Desmond, Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis and new from Brad Goode and Doug MacDonald.