Jedd Beaudoin

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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 “A Musical Life,” as well as “Musical Space.” 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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Growing up in Chicago, singer and keyboardist Ronnie Platt had always loved the band Kansas. In 2014, the group's original vocalist, Steve Walsh, announced that he was leaving the group. The other members were determined to carry on, and so Platt reached out to guitarist Rich Williams and, later, drummer Phil Ehart, to offer up his services. Here, Platt recalls the whirlwind circumstances that saw him landing the coveted role.

Joey Lemon studied creative writing at Wichita State University and has played and recorded music for well over a decade with and without the band Berry. He teaches at Wichita’s Independent School.

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The members of Wichita band Kill Vargas have been making music together for the better part of a decade. When you consider that none of the members are over 20 and that guitarist Griffin Bush is still in high school, the feat becomes more remarkable. Bush, his brother Logan, and bassist Austin Engler began writing songs before they could play instruments. They used a feature of the video game Guitar Hero to create those early pieces. Later, Engler's father showed the friends his collection of instruments and recording gear he'd kept in his basement.

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Michael Knopf left his hometown of Newton some years ago but returns this week to the delight of music lovers in and around his hometown. He’ll first perform at the Carriage Factory Art Gallery on Thursday, March 16. On Sunday, March 19, the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the Kansas premiere of Knopf’s piece “The Reef.”

KMUW Music is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency, and Crossroads on Friday, March 17 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village will be celebrating with a wide array of Irish sounds, from traditional to contemporary, along with classic recordings and more recent releases. Among the artists featured: Van Morrison, Lunasa, Kila, the Chieftains, Afro Celt Sound System and Altan.

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Ann Wilson has built a career playing songs about love and life with her sister Nancy in the band Heart. With that group on hiatus, Ann Wilson decided to take the road under her own name. Drawing on Heart's history of hits as well as personal favorites from the wider rock cannon, Wilson has been playing to enthusiastic crowds on her current tour. She says that leaving the Heart name behind, at least for the moment, has given her some new freedom.

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Composer Paul Elwood's music has been performed at concerts across the United States and throughout Europe. Elwood's entry into the world of composition came at Wichita State University, where he studied with acclaimed music professor J.C. Combs.

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Wednesday, March 15

Grandaddy has just returned with its first release in over a decade. Filled with elements of the project’s signature sound, this new effort, Last Place picks up where the music left off. Listen for selections the effort on this episode of the show as well as new music from Temples via the release Volcano.

Thursday, March 16

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Joshua Pickenpaugh studied music at Wichita State University. As a bassist, he has performed with a long line of bands, including recent gigs with singer-songwriter Jack Korbel. Here, Pickenpaugh recalls how playing music on cruise ships helped him fulfill his goal of being a well-rounded player.

KMUW Music will be celebrating International Women's Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Wednesday, March 8 from 7:00 to midnight. 

To celebrate International Women's Day, Global Village will feature music from female artists from around the world – including Cape Verde’s barefoot diva  Cesaria Evora, the Queen of Salsa  Celia Cruz, Mali’s acclaimed Oumou Sangare, fado star Mariza, African vocal group Zap Mama, and rock icon Marianne Faithfull.

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