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.


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.

6:23 am
Mon February 25, 2013

What's On: March 3

On tonight's Straight No Chaser, we will hear from the inventor of the 7 string guitar George Van Eps, Zoot Sims and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, and a brand new CD from one of the best of the LA based guitarists, Doug MacDonald. His Reorganized Quartet brings him back to playing with a Hammond B-3 and is sure to please.

7:51 am
Mon February 18, 2013

What's On: February 24

This week on SNC, we hear new music from the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, Kevin Eubanks and singers Karen Marguth and Denise Donatelli, with older things from Woody Shaw, Johnny Hodges, Buck Clayton and Bud Shank.

10:11 am
Tue January 29, 2013

What's On: February 3

Duke Ellington said “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” but that isn’t the case so much any more. Since we have been playing a lot of Count Basie, a real master of swing, tonight we pay careful attention to play only things that swing!

10:09 am
Tue January 22, 2013

What's On: January 27

The Count Basie Band with the New York Voices will be appearing in Wichita at the Orpheum Theatre on Feburary 16. To aid your enjoyment, we have a special in-studio visit from Lisa Hittle who will discuss what we might expect as well as provide additional information about the band and the music.

8:37 am
Mon January 14, 2013

What's On: January 20

Tonight we start to give you a taste of what to expect when the Count Basie band and the New York Voices appear at the Orpheum. Also, we will hear McCoy Tyner, Kenny Burrell and Gil Evans, Bud Powell and Ray Bryant.

12:13 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

What's On: December 23

Tonight is the last of the flood of Christmas Carols. We will hear from Gene Ammons, Don Patterson and Jimmy Smith. In non-seasonal selections, we hear several things written and performed by Phil Woods.