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.

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Jazz
9:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

What's On: June 23

Part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center facility in New York is the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame (NEJHF). Musicians have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since 2004. On June 4, in a private ceremony, three more were inducted for this year. They were Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey and Clark Terry. Regrettably, Clark was the only one who lived to see this honor, but tonight we pay tribute to all three!

Jazz
3:38 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

What's On: June 16

Tonight is another of our all big band nights. We will hear the Count Basie band, the Mike Barone band, Phil Woods Little Big BAnd, the Woody Herman band and Maynard Ferguson band and more.

Jazz
1:59 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

What's On: June 16

Tonight is another of our all big band nights. We will hear the Count Basie band, the Mike Barone band, Phil Woods Little Big Band, the Woody Herman band and Maynard Ferguson band and more.

Jazz
9:44 am
Tue June 4, 2013

What's On: June 9

We celebrate the birthday of Grant Green. Also, in a blast from a more recent past, we hear the new CD from Bob James and David Sanborn and tenor players Zoot Sims and Teddy Edwards.

Jazz
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.

Jazz
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.

Jazz
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.

Jazz
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.

Jazz
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.

Jazz
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.

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