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
8:29 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Longtime Wichita Musician Explores His Lyrical Side With New Album

Shane Marler celebrates the release of Just A Fool Friday evening at The Artichoke.
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Shane Marler, who issues the album Just A Fool this week, has been an active musician for more than two decades now.

Although he’s written music before, it’s only within the last year that he began writing lyrics. He wasn’t sure how to start that process, he says, so he called his friend—and labelmate—Wichita singer-songwriter Nikki Moddelmog for help. He says the worked happened rather quickly.

“We got together and three hours later, we had three songs,” says Marler.

Before long, he had a better grasp on writing both music and lyrics.

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Commentary
3:49 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

At Play: Moliere and Menopause

The Wichita State University School of Performing Arts presents The Learned Ladies, October 10-12. Moliere’s comedy, which takes a look at academic pretention, focuses on the lives of a group of “learned ladies” and their insatiable obsession for learning and high-brow culture of the conceited kind. Mix in a love triangle, a weak-minded husband, and a grammatically incorrect housemaid and you have one of Moliere’s most-beloved comedy of manners. This production is directed by Dr. Bret Jones.

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Music
7:52 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Carrie Nation And The Speakeasy Spotlight Social Issues on 'Hatchetations'

Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy perform Thursday at The Brickyard to celebrate the release of their latest album.
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Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy’s 2010 self-titled debut featured mostly songs about fun and friendships, but when you listen closely to the band’s new record, Hatchetations, you see stark images of American life in the wake of the Great Recession.

Vocalist, guitarist and main songwriter Jarrod Starling says the music now has a narrower lyrical focus, which provides even more emphasis to the social commentary.

“It’s a much darker album," he says. "But I think it explores themes that are universal at least to Americans trying to make a living."

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

A Musical Life: Quinn Lake

Quinn Lake is a Wichita-based cellist who performs with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the ICT Trio. She also runs a private music studio where she has about 35 students.
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Quinn Lake is a Wichita-based cellist. She performs with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the ICT Trio. She has performed in orchestras around the U.S. and has made appearances nationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and as an instructor at music festivals. She studied at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin; at the Institute for European Studies in Vienna, Austria; and at Wichita State University's School of Music. In addition to her Classical music pursuits, she often performs with bands of a variety of styles and is interested in improvisation.

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Music
12:44 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Top Albums: September 9-14

1. Silver Gymnasium--Okkervil River
2. Hatchetations--Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy
3. Volume 2: Music from Boardwalk Empire--Various Artists
4. Sweet Relief III: Pennies From Heaven--Various Artists
5. About Farewell--Alela Diane
6. From The Ground Up--John Fullbright
7. Repave--Volcano Choir
8. You Must Be This Tall--Mike Keneally
9. Metrics of Affection--Bombadil
10. Pushin’ Against A Stone--Valerie June
 

Music
12:41 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Top Albums: September 2-7

1. Hatchetations--Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy
2. Pushin’ Against A Stone--Valerie June
3. Killing the Divine Animal--DeathBlack Flowers
4. Hesitation Marks--Nine Inch Nails
5. Studio House--Chris Opperman
6. The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You--Neko Case
7. Metrics of Affection--Bombadil
8. Twilley Don’t Mind--Dwight Twilley Band
9. Silver Gymnasium--Okkervil River
10. Heritage--Carolina Chocolate Drops

Commentary
5:52 am
Mon September 16, 2013

At Play: Tom Stoppard, Andrew Lloyd Weber Productions On Tap

The Crown Uptown Theatre continues its run of Cats. The musical is Broadway’s second longest running show in history and fourth longest running production in London’s West End history. This show is an audience favorite and is composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Cats tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as “the Jellicle choice” and decide which cat will ascend to the Heavyside Layer and come back to a new life.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

A Musical Life: Bruce Huss

In addition to being an award winning reporter and photographer, Bruce Huss is a acoustic solo guitarist, a fingerstyle guy and a singer-songwriter.
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Bruce Huss has released three albums to date, including Migration Day, Acoustical Romance, and My Father’s Son. In addition to being an award winning reporter and photographer he has placed as a top three winner at the Kansas Fingerstyle Championships. His music brings together elements of guitar masters such as Tommy Emmanuel, Stephen Bennett and Chet Atkins. Website:
www.reverbnation.com/brucehuss
 

My name is Bruce Huss I’m an acoustic solo guitarist, a fingerstyle guy and a singer-songwriter.

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Music
6:34 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Top Albums: August 26-31

  1. Hatchetations--Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy
  2. The RCA Albums Collection--Harry Nilsson
  3. 7 Cities--Moreland and Arbuckle
  4. You Must Be This Tall--Mike Keneally
  5. For The Love Of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson--Various Artists
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Commentary
7:54 am
Mon September 2, 2013

At Play: Deer And Deserts

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Opening September 13 at the Crown Uptown Theatre it’s Cats. Broadway’s second longest running show in history and fourth longest running production in London’s West End history. This musical is an audience favorite composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as “the Jellicle choice,” deciding which cat will ascend to the Heavyside Layer and come back to a new life.

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