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.


1:11 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

What's On: October 13

Just more good straight ahead jazz from Eddie Daniel, Mike LeDonne, Hank Mobley, Milt Jackson and the John Hicks Legacy Band.

8:43 am
Mon September 30, 2013

What's On: October 6

Tonight we hear Bill Cunliffe as he reimagines Oliver Nelson’s album Blues and the Abstract Truth, And hear Nelson’s follow up album More Blues and the Abstract Truth. In addition, music from Stan Getz, Chick Corea’s Akoustic Band and Eddie Daniels.

1:44 am
Mon September 23, 2013

What's On: September 29

We hear selections from two new CD’s with Mike Jones and Frank Potenza, and older things from Jimmy Smith, Gerry Mulligan and Ben Webster, and Stan Getz.

1:35 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

What's On: September 1

Listen for new music from Joe Lovano and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Frank Wess, Ken Peplowski and Gary Burton. Then hear old tunes by Gerry Mulligan’s Concert Jazz Band, Benny Golson and Hank Mobley.

1:42 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

What's On: August 25

Tonight we hear new music from the Mack Avenue SuperBand, Kenny Burrell, the Jitterbug Vipers and Warren Wolf. Then hear old music from Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz, Stanley Turrentine and Quincy Jones.

9:44 am
Mon July 22, 2013

What's On: July 28

There are as many as many groups titled The Hot Club Of (fill in town name) as there are towns, playing what is referred to asgipsy jazz. Tonight we hear from the Hot Club of Detroit and a western swing group from Ft. Worth, Cow Bop.

9:42 am
Tue July 16, 2013

What's On: July 21

Listen for mid-century jazz from Zoot Sims, Wes Montgomery, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan, and Herb Ellis.

4:10 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

What's On: July 14

Hear new music from Eddie Daniels, Frank Wess, Freddy Cole and Jerry Bergonzi.

10:05 am
Mon July 1, 2013

What's On: July 7

We listen to mostly piano tonight, largely in trio form. We hear Marian McPartland, Bill Evans, Red Garland, Alan Broadbent, George Cables and Gene Harris.

10:01 am
Mon June 24, 2013

What's On: June 30

On tonight’s SNC, we devote the entire first hour of the program to recent releases. Eddie Daniels, Jerry Bergonzi, Frank Wess, Freddy Cole, Beata Pater and Dave Brubeck with Tony Bennett are included.