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
11:19 am
Tue November 6, 2012

What's On: November 11

Listen for bebop music from Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Horace Silver and others.

Jazz
2:27 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

What's On: November 4

Listen for another all big-band night. Hear music from Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Terry Gibbs and more.

Jazz
8:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

What's On: October 28

Tonight we again dedicate the entire show to the fine old tradition of “stretching out” where musicians take all the time necessary to completely express all their feelings about a particular set of chord changes. The results are very long performances. We hear the results from Wes Montgomery, Phil Woods, Horace Silver, Jimmy Smith and more.

Jazz
8:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

What's On: October 14

Hear music from Tom Harrell, The Kris Berg Metroplexity Big Band, Diana Krall, the Negroni’s Trio, Joey DeFrancesco, Jerry Bergonzi and the Mark Masters Ensemble.

Jazz
8:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

What's On: October 7

Hear jazz from the Bob Florence Big Band, Cannonball Adderley, John Pizzarelli, Kurt Elling, Art Blakey, the Count Basie Band, Chick Corea and Gary Burton and a new reissue of unreleased tracks for Woody Shaw.

Straight No Chaser

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.

Listen to the most recent Straight No Chaser show:

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