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
5:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Graham Colton Finds Comfort With New Start And New Album

Graham Colton performs at The Orpheum Theatre on Thursday evening as part of the Emerging Artist Series
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When Graham Colton began writing songs for the follow-up to his 2011 album Pacific Coast Eyes he soon realized that he wasn’t happy with his creative process.

“I just picked up the guitar and started to do what I always do and it wasn’t very exciting to me. It felt like I was playing the guitar the same old way and singing in the same spots and the same things were kind of happening and it just didn’t inspire me.”

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Music
11:36 am
Tue June 24, 2014

New music from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Mischief Makers featured this week

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will release Hypnotic Eye on July 29
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Wednesday, June 25: Hypnotic Eye is the upcoming release from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, marking the band’s 13th studio effort and a return to its 70’s roots. We’ll hear songs from the album on this episode of Strange Currency, along with selections from Lonely Ones, the latest release by Oklahoma singer-songwriter Graham Colton.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

At Play: Female Odd Couple Evens Up July Schedule

This is the final week to see Misty Maynard’s X’TICHA: Spider-God of the Amazon at the Kechi Playhouse. A spoof of the old horror movies of the 50’s and 60’s complete with restless natives, an erupting volcano and a giant spider. The show will close on the 29th with the final run of performances beginning this Thursday.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Mischief Makers Release Debut CD Saturday Night

The Mischief Makers will perform at the Fisch Haus on Saturday, June 21 with The Tom Page Trio.
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Take a singer-songwriter (Nikki Moddelmog), a gypsy jazz guitarist (Shane Marler), a classically trained bassist (Mark Foley) and a guitarist who’s temporarily traded in his axe for a mandolin (Dennis Hardin) and you have The Mischief Makers. The group was born late last year during gigs to support Marler’s CD Just A Fool. The quartet gelled quickly but Marler soon discovered they had a problem.

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Music
9:13 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Summer, Sluggo!, and strange feelings all this week

2013 reissue of Mike Keneally's 1997 album Sluggo!
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Tuesday, June 17: Lazaretto is the second solo album from former White Stripes leader Jack White. The lyrics are inspired by poems, short stories, and plays that White wrote during an aborted college career at Wayne State University in Michigan. White expands upon his signature rough-edged sound and emerges with one of the best recordings of his career. We’ll also hear music from House of Spirits, the latest album from The Fresh and Onlys.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

A Musical Life: Jonathan Eaton

Jonathan Eaton
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Jonathan Eaton has recorded and performed with a wide variety of Wichita bands over the last 20-plus years including ULU, Local Band, The Mess, Tom Page Trio, Order 66 and, perhaps most notably, Softie. He also once performed a show as a member of Split Lip Rayfield with his brother Jeff, a founding member of that group. Eaton lives in Wichita with his wife and children and thanks his family for their continued support.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Trent Wagler Says Steel Wheels’ Success Comes Down To Balance of Failure, Time

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Founding member Trent Wagler’s band The Steel Wheels is now a widely recognized name in Americana music circles. The band tours year-round and has even launched its own music festival. But all of that has come after nearly a decade of toil and struggle and figuring out ways to be in the right place at the right time.

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Music
8:38 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Strange Currency celebrates birthdays of Purdie, Corea and shines light on obscure Pink Floyd

Atom Heart Mother, 1970, is the fifth studio album by Pink Floyd
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Tuesday, June 10: I’m Alive is the 1993 release from singer-songwriter Jackson Browne. After spending much of the 1980s focusing his efforts on socially conscious songs via albums such as Lives In The Balance and World In Motion, I’m Alive saw Browne return to matters of the heart on songs such as “Sky Blue and Black” and “My Problem Is You.” This resulted in one of Browne’s best-received recordings in a decade. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as from June featured artist Bob Mould’s new release Beauty and Ruin.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

At Play: Sharks, Jets, And A Dip In The Pond

Music Theatre of Wichita presents the Jerome Robbins classic West Side Story June 25-29. First produced on Broadway in 1957 the musical is a contemporary version of Romeo and Juliet and is one of lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s best-loved works. Featuring a score from Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story boasts several staples of American music including “Maria,” “America” and “I Feel Pretty,” among others. This is one of the most important pieces of American music theatre and is familiar to some from its 1961 film adaptation starring Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

The Haunted Windchimes Have Unspoken Bond

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Pueblo Colorado’s The Haunted Windchimes is a band that defies easy classification. Co-founder Inaiah Lujan says that it’s the group’s ability to shift between styles that he likes best.

“We do bluegrass festivals," he says "We play cowboy poetry festivals, we go and do these indie rock ‘n’ roll gigs. We’ve done a good job of dabbling here and there with every sort of scene. Perhaps by some magic our music seems to be fitting for any kind of situation. We’re kind of chameleon in that sense.”

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