Jedd Beaudoin

Host/Producer

Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi-weekly trends commentary “Into It,” as well as “Musical Space” and he produces and writes KMUW’s bi-weekly theatre roundup “At Play.” He received his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University in 2001 (where he was a Creative Writing Fellow) and holds a B.A. in English (with an emphasis in writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Beaudoin hosts Wichita Sessions on KPTS Channel 8. The show, which features local and regional music acts in performance, is now in its third season. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance journalist. He served as music critic and editor for two Wichita alternative newspapers, F5 (2003-06) and Wichita City Paper (of which he was also managing editor, 2006-07). He currently contributes music, film, and book reviews to PopMatters.com, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.

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Music
8:57 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Remembering Elliott Smith, Revisiting A Classic From New Jersey’s Most Powerful Trio

'Barrett,' the 1970 solo album from Syd Barrett
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Tuesday, December 16: Listen for selections from Barrett, the 1970 album from former Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett. It was Barrett’s second and final solo recording and completed with the help of his former bandmates David Gilmour and Richard Wright. After the release of the album the gifted songwriter retired from music and spent the remainder of his life in Cambridge, England where he grew up, mostly painting and largely living in obscurity and poor health.

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Commentary
10:54 am
Fri December 12, 2014

A Musical Life: Bob Hamrick

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Bob Hamrick plays accordion with the Wichita band Pop and The Boys. He regularly attends the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas and is a loyal fan of the Grateful Dead. He explains that a gentleman is one who can play the accordion but chooses not to.

“My name is Bob Hamrick and I play the accordion.

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Books
5:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Jason Bailey Examines Woody Allen’s Body Of Work With New Book

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Jason Bailey’s second book, The Ultimate Woody Allen Film Companion, arrives at two critical points in the life of one of America cinema’s most prolific writers and directors. This year marks the 45th anniversary of Allen’s Take The Money and Run and 2015 will mark the film veteran’s eightieth birthday.

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Music
11:36 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Exploring Highs and Lows of Early Pink Floyd and Wilco’s Finest Hour

'Ummagumma,' the 1969 release from Pink Floyd
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Tuesday, December 9: Released in 1969 Ummagumma is one of Pink Floyd’s most remarkable albums. One half of the album was recorded live in concert and features staples of the group’s live show from that time, the other half is marked by unusual compositions intended to give each member of the band a voice in the songwriting process. Fans and critics continue to argue about the artistic merits of the studio pieces, though the live recordings are fine examples of a band that had earned a reputation for stellar live shows.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Under The Streetlamp Takes Wichita Spotlight

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Under The Streetlamp is a vocal quartet that salutes American pop music from the past. The group has its origins in the Chicago company of Jersey Boys. It was during that run of the show that Shonn Wiley and the other members began moonlighting as a vocal group performing music from and around the doo-wop era. By early 2010 the production had closed but the members continued to perform together.

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Music
9:51 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Pink Floyd From Start to Finish and a Scottish Band’s Finest Hour

Christian Lee Hutson’s 'Yeah OK, I Know'
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Tuesday, December 2: Listen for music from singer-songwriter Christian Lee Hutson’s latest release, Yeah OK, I Know. The record spotlights Hutson’s remarkably smart and heartfelt songs. Although listeners will find parallels between Hutson and earlier songwriters he is in a class by himself among contemporary singer-songwriters. We’ll also hear from In Real Time, the latest album from Minneapolis, Minnesota singer-songwriter Chris Koza.

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A Musical Life
12:30 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

A Musical Life: Nikki Moddelmog

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Nikki Moddelmog has released two solo albums and one EP with The Mischief Makers. She lives and frequently plays live in Wichita.

I didn’t find the guitar until about 23-24. I didn’t really find my voice until about 23-24. Some friends of mine in Lawrence taught me my first five chords. I learned “Elderly Woman Standing Behind The Counter” by Pearl Jam and sang it over and over again. Taking those chords and learning new songs and just getting used to the guitar.

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Music
9:09 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Food, Floyd And Family Come Into Focus On Strange Currency

"Family" unites all four Thompsons
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Tuesday, November 25: Sweep The Leg Johnny and Mustangs and Madras were two bands from the last decade that combined elements of punk rock, hardcore along with the sounds of the saxophone. We’ll hear selections from both those acts on this episode of Strange Currency.

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Music
9:19 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Power, Corruption, Lies and Saxophone All This Week

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Tuesday, November 18: Released in 1992, Wish was the ninth studio album from British band The Cure, we’ll hear from that release as well as from Burning From the Inside, the 1983 release from influential British gothic rock band Bauhaus.

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A Musical Life
1:22 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

A Musical Life: David Trechak

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David “Davy” Trechak is a Wichita music scene veteran with membership in bands such as White Lando, Somber Arrows and, more recently, Postboy. That group has just released a self-titled EP.

My name is David Trechak. I am currently the guitarist, pianist and lead vocalist of the band Postboy and lead guitarist of the band Somber Arrows, with my friend Weston.

We just want to hear what we want to hear from any other band that we enjoy. So, most of the writing is just what we want to hear.

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