Jedd Beaudoin


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, 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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Amber Ikeman surprised her friends and family when she quit her day job at a Florida non-profit and moved to Montana. There, she honed her skills as a singer-songwriter and embraced the open, rural landscape.

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Tuesday, February 20

Listen to selections from Jethro Tull’s 1970 album, Benefit, the band’s third overall album and the predecessor to the group’s million selling record Aqualung. Plus music from Tull frontman Ian Anderson’s 1983 release Walk Into Light.

Wednesday, February 21

Mirrors is the new release from San Francisco psychedelic soul band Monophonics. We’ll hear selections from it as well as music from the latest by Orgone.

Thursday, February 22

Listen for music from Split Lip Rayfield’s Should Have Seen It Coming and Kirk Rundstrom’s Imperfect Spirals.

Friday, February 23

Little Dark Age is the new release from MGMT. We’ll hear music from it as well as the latest from Ezra Furman, Transangelic Exodus.

Saturday, February 24

Released in 1980, End of the Century paired seminal punk rock band the Ramones with classic pop producer Phil Spector. The sessions were notoriously tumultuous and the resulting music divided fans and the band alike. We’ll hear selections from that release plus music from The Method To Our Madness, the 1984 release from Lords of the New Church.

Monday, February 26

Listen for selections from former Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks as well as guitarist Jeff Beck.

Tuesday, February 27

Listen for music from the latest release by Dashboard Confessional, Crooked Shadows as well as from Apple, 1990 debut from Mother Love Bone, the band featuring future Pearl Jam members Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard.

Wednesday, February 28

We’ll hear music from Van Halen’s 1982 album Diver Down and Ry Cooder’s 1978 album Jazz.

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Released in the summer of 1977, Styx's The Grand Illusion became the album that cemented the Chicago quintet's place in the firmament of multiplatinum musical acts. Featuring the hit singles "Come Sail Away" and "Fooling Yourself," the album sold three million copies and set in motion an affair with mainstream success that would last all the way into the 1980s.

Gia Watson

Gia Watson is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and music educator.

“My dad’s a pastor, so I’m like the queen of the impromptu solo. I got really comfortable with getting up and just singing. That’s what I’ve always done and what I like to do. I wish there was a platform where you could just gig and having nothing prepared. And people would just throw things at you. That would be so much fun because it would feel really natural. Not necessarily produced.”

KMUW Music is teaming up to celebrate Presidents' Day with five hours of music. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for the annual special feature.

Global Village gets the celebration underway with music from artists who ran for or won the office of president – including Dizzy Gillespie, Fela, Ruben Blades, and Michel Martelly – plus Les Ambassadeurs (because every president has some) and Brenda Fassie’s tribute to South African President, Nelson Mandela.

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Monday, February 12

In 1976 and 1977 but not discovered by a wide audience until 2001, Innocence & Despair is a collection of popular songs as performed by students from four different elementary schools from the Langley School District in British Colombia. The collection includes material originally recorded by David Bowie, the Beach Boys and Wings, among others. We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode of the show as well as selections from Castro, the new album by Old News.

Tuesday, February 13

We celebrate Mardis Gras with selections from Dr. John, Truckstop Honeymoon and more.

Wednesday, February 14

We celebrate Valentine’s Day with music from Bob Dylan, Rilo Kiley and Billy Bragg.

Thursday, February 15

Melter is the latest release from Norman, Oklahoma’s Helen Kelter Skelter, we’ll hear selections from it as well as music from The Soft Bulletin, the 1999 album from Flaming Lips.

Friday, February 16

Alright is singer-songwriter Jeffrey Gaines’ newest recording. We’ll hear selections from that as well as material from the latest album from Tal National.

Saturday, February 17

 We’ll hear music from The Cavves, 2017 release, Learn to Swim and from Team Tremolo’s Intruder.

Monday, February 19

 We celebrate Presidents’ Day with selections from Hard Working Americans, John Cougar Mellencamp, Joe Walsh and more.

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Norman, Oklahoma's Helen Kelter Skelter's latest release is Melter. Once more, the band blends its psychedelic influences with deft songwriting and weighty performances. The group performs at Lucky's Everyday on Saturday, Feb. 10, with Cartwheel and Milkwave.

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Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League gathers a wide range of influences under its musical tent, though gypsy jazz remains one of the most prominent occupants. Born from a longstanding friendship between guitarist Daniel Rosen and violinist Jonathan Halquist, the group makes its first Wichita appearance Friday, Feb. 9, at Barleycorn's with Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy.

Jedd Beaudoin: When this band came together, did you have conversations about the musical direction?

KMUW Music is celebrating the music of love this Valentine's Day. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Wednesday, February 14, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for the annual special feature.

  • Global Village | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Strange Currency | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Night Train | 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

KMUW Music presents the annual Mardi Gras special feature on Tuesday, February 13. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight to celebrate Fat Tuesday.

  • Global Village | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Strange Currency | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Night Train | 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.