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.


1:04 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Straight No Chaser Takes Us Way Back With Gene Ammons, Bob Florence And Others

Jazz tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons

Sunday, August 10

We climb into the way-back machine tonight on Straight No Chaser. Hear from Chicago born tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons, jazz pianist Bob Florence, and guitarist Kenny Burrell. We'll also include some Horace Silver, Bob Brookmeyer and Phil Woods, among others. 

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4:15 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

A Blend Of Recent And Old Jazz Releases On Straight No Chaser

Jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon

Sunday, July 3

Tonight on Straight No Chaser, we hear a combination of recent and old jazz releases. Hear from such jazz legends as pianist and composer Horace Silver, saxophonists Dexter Gordon and Zoot Sims, and double bassist and cellist Ray Brown. We will also hear from notable contemporary artists, including saxophonist Eric Alexander and pianist and composer Eric Reed.

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4:01 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Straight No Chaser Features Longtime Prestige Artist Gene Ammons

Jazz tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons

Sunday, July 27

Tonight, Straight No Chaser wraps up the July salute of Prestige Records on their 65th Anniversary. Listen for music by Gene Ammons, who spent the majority of his career with Prestige. Hear a very early Miles Davis recording, along with Wichita native Greg Skaff, Kansas City favorite Everette DeVan, and Eric Alexander.

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4:57 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Zoot Sims, Ahmad Jamal And More Jazz Greats As The Prestige Records Tribute Continues

Saxophonist John Haley "Zoot" Zims

Sunday, July 20

The Prestige Records tribute continues tonight on Straight No Chaser in celebration of the jazz record label's 65th Anniversary.

We will hear selections from John Haley "Zoot" Sims, an American jazz sazophonist, along with other jazz greats including Ahmad Jamal, Greg Skaff and Grant Green.

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9:09 am
Wed July 9, 2014

More Prestige Records, Miles Davis And Contemporary Jazz On Straight No Chaser

Legendary jazz artist Miles Davis

Sunday, July 13

Tonight on Straight No Chaser, we continue to pay our respects to Prestige Records. Night Train also joins us in recognizing the jazz record label's 65th Anniversary.

We will also hear from a number of Tenor-B3 combos, along with music from Miles Davis and new stuff from many contemporary artists. 

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2:07 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Salute To Prestige Records On Straight No Chaser Plus Organist Everette DeVan

Jazz organist Everette DeVan

Sunday, July 6:

Tune in tonight for the beginning of a month long salute to Prestige Records, in celebration of their 65th anniversary. The American jazz record label was first founded in 1949 in New York City. 

We will also hear from organist and Kansas City jazz scene mainstay Everette DeVan, along with American jazz musician Phil Woods.

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1:33 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Remembering Blue Note artist and jazz great Horace Silver on Straight No Chaser

Jazz pianist and composer Horace Silver

Sunday, June 29:

Straight No Chaser continues to join Night Train in featuring Blue Note Records, the American jazz record label, for the month of June in celebration of their 75th Anniversary.

Tune in for a special tribute show tonight in honor of Blue Note recording artist and legendary jazz musician Horace Silver. Horace Silver, an American jazz pianist and composer, died on June 18th at the age of 85. 

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4:05 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

More Blue Note artists including Grant Green and Ike Quebec on Straight No Chaser

Grant Green, American jazz guitarist and composer

Sunday, June 22:

Straight No Chaser continues to join Night Train in featuring Blue Note Records, the American jazz record label, in celebration of their 75th Anniversary. On tonight's show, hear from Blue Note artists Grant Green and Ike Quebec. 

Grant Green is a St. Louis born jazz guitarist and composer. Ike Quebec of Newark, New Jersey is a jazz tenor saxophonist.  

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2:34 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

More from Blue Note Records with Cannonball Adderley on Straight No Chaser

Alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley

Sunday, June 15:

Straight No Chaser continues to join Night Train in featuring Blue Note Records, the American jazz record label, in celebration of their 75th Anniversary. On tonight's show, hear from Blue Note artist and alto saxophone great Cannonball Adderley, among others.

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2:54 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Limited edition reissues from Mosiac Records on Straight No Chaser

Blue Note reissues from Mosaic Records featured on Straight No Chaser

Sunday, June 8:

Straight No Chaser continues to join Night Train in a tribute to Blue Note Records, an American jazz record label, on the occasion of their 75th Anniversary.

Tonight we will hear many limited edition reissues of iconic Blue Note recordings from Mosaic Records.  

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