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.

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bobmarley.com

KMUW Music will be celebrating the birthday of Bob Marley. Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Monday, February 6, for the special features. (That's five hours of Marley. Ya mon.)

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Show times for Monday, February 6:

  • 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.

On Strange Currency this Saturday, February 4, we'll remember English bassist and vocalist John Wetton, who died earlier this week at the age of 68 after a prolonged battle with cancer. Wetton is remembered for his work with Asia, King Crimson and a variety of collaborations, including work with Brian Eno, Bryan Ferry and original Yes guitarist Peter Banks.

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Strange Currency airs from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. each Monday through Saturday on KMUW 89.1 FM.

Ben Folds

In the classical world, forming a new ensemble often involves finding the right material to draw from. There are scores of string quartets or pieces for chambers ensembles.

New York City’s yMusic offers listeners a chance to hear classical instrumentation -- but not in a configuration normally heard. There’s a string trio, flute, clarinet and trumpet and, when the group formed, says one of the group’s founding members, C.J. Camerieri, the unit faced a sizable problem.

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Wednesday, February 1

Best known for the 1984 hit “Obsession,” Los Angeles-based group Animotion had further chart success during that decade, though the band was dormant for much of the 1990s. Reunited in 2001, the outfit has just issued the LP Raise Your Expectations which updates the pop sound that fans have come to love. We’ll hear from this new recording on this episode of Strange Currency as well as music from Clem Snide’s You Were a Diamond

Thursday, February 2

Jack Korbel lead The Jack Korbel Confluence and has released albums such as Ingenious Plans and So Much Depends on the Weather. He is a Wichita State University graduate student studying speech-language pathology and holds a degree from WSU in English Literature. 

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Thursday, January 19

We’ll hear selections from Spain’s 2016 release Carolina as well as music from Moreland & Arbuckle’s Promised Land or Bust.

Friday, January 20

On My Way is the latest from Kansas’ Split Lip Rayfield. Listen for selections from it as well as from Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy’s Hatchetations

Saturday, January 21

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“Sometimes it’s hard to know who my biggest fans are,” says Mia Doi Todd, settling into a phone conversation from her home in Los Angeles. On the line to discuss her latest release, Songbook, a record that finds the singer focusing on some of her favorite songs by other writers, Todd remains curious about the divides in American popular music. Her eclectic range has seen her release albums that have found critics placing her in the world, folk and indie categories though any one record easily defies easy classification. 

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Wednesday, January 11

On My Way is the latest release from Kansas-based trio Split Lip Rayfield. We’ll hear selections from that recording on this episode of the show as well as music from Cy J. Hamilton’s 2016 effort This Is What It Is.

Thursday, January 12

Aaron Bowen

Bassist Caleb Drummond plays in a variety of acts in the Wichita are, including Spirit of the Stairs, the Jenny Wood Band, and The Travel Guide. He studied at Friends University and teaches at Damm Music Center.

Kevin Winter

When Aaron Watson released his album The Underdog in early 2015, he believed it was good, but wasn't expecting it to make history. When it arrived in stores and online that year, the album debuted at the top of Billboard's country albums chart, becoming the first independent record to do so.

Its success, Watson says, was due to more than a decade of hard work in the country music scene and plenty of preparation.

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