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 “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.

Ways to Connect

Miriam Brummel

“I decided I was only going to write in stories,” says Josh Haden, founding member of the band Spain. He’s speaking from his home in Los Angeles, discussing the material that shapes the sixth Spain album, Carolina. The songs touch on America’s past with intersections in the present and with Haden’s own life.

Describing David Liebe Hart isn’t easy. You could call him an actor, comedian, musician, artist or puppeteer or all those in some manner of hyphenation. He’s appeared on Adult Swim and the Cartoon Network as part of Tim & Eric’s Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. His albums include Chip The Black Boy and Astronaut. He’ll also regale you with tales of his Christian Scientist faith, contact with aliens and his love of all things railroad.

Torin Andersen

Georgia Andersen is a multi-instrumentalist who has played in bands such as You’ll Be A Torso and This Great October. Her current project is Notes.Scraps.

Saturday, July 9

Known for his work with bands such as Mr. Big and Racer X, Paul Gilbert recently issued the album I Can Destroy which finds him crafting songs that include dashes of humor and pop sensibilities that recall Todd Rundgren and The Beatles. We’ll hear from that release on this episode of Strange Currency along with selections from Singularity the upcoming release by Standing in the Colour.

Monday, July 11

The 4th of July is right around the corner, and in honor of the patriotic holiday, the KMUW Movie Club came together to talk about their favorite films with "America" in the title.  

Courtesy Jason Powell

Bassist Ricky Phillips joined the band Styx in 2003. He says that coming into what many see as a simple pop band changed his playing and made him a better musician. KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin recently spoke with Phillips and has more.

Friday, July 1

It’s Our New Month, New Music feature with selections from True Sadness, the brand-new release from The Avett Brothers and selections from the debut album from Case/Lang/Veirs, featuring Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs.

Saturday, July 2

Lisa Hittle is Assistant Professor of Music and directs the jazz program at Friends University. She is a frequent performer with various jazz ensembles in and around Wichita.

“The Maynard Ferguson Orchestra came to Winfield, Kansas to Southwestern College and played a concert. It was the famous Live at Jimmy’s band, it was that lineup that recorded that album with Bruce Johnstone on baritone saxophone.

It was that night that everything really changed for me and I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

Joe Rosen

Musician Curtis Salgado has become one of the most recognizable names in blues music over the last few decades. Despite awards and praise from his peers, Salgado says that he still has a long way to go until he feels he’s finally made it. KMUW’s Jedd Beaudoin recently spoke with Salgado and has more.  

For his latest album, The Beautiful Lowdown, blues legend Curtis Salgado decided he would make a record that was as diverse as his own musical tastes, spanning the range from Motown-style grooves to classic, gritty blues--and beyond. 

Friday, June 24

We celebrate the birthday of guitar legend Jeff Beck on this episode of the show, drawing on his early work with The Yardbirds as well as selections from his upcoming release Loud Hailer. Beck’s music will be featured on Strange Currency throughout the month of July. 

Saturday, June 25

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