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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Commentary
7:12 am
Mon April 15, 2013

At Play: Strippers, Shakespeare and the Universe

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Wichita Center For The Arts presents How The World Began Wednesday, April 17 through Sunday, April 21. Susan, a high school biology teacher leaves Manhattan, New York for a job in Plainview, Kan. Susan is ready for more than a little culture shock, but she’s not prepared for the fire storm that engulfs the town when she makes an off-hand comment about the origins of the universe. This production is directed by Joyce Cavarozzi.

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Music
9:47 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Top Albums: April 1- 6

  1. The Music Is You: A Tribute To John Denver -- Various Artists
  2. Tooth and Nail -- Billy Bragg
  3. Hush Hush -- Kentucky Knife Fight
  4. Songs For Slim -- The Replacements
  5. Delta Machine -- Depeche Mode
  6. Specter At The Feast -- Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  7. Stories Don’t End -- Dawes
  8. Wing Beat Elastic -- Mike Keneally
  9. Dancing -- Mike Keneally and Beer For Dolphins
  10. Old Worlds Ocean -- The Calamity Cubes
Commentary
12:54 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

A Musical Life: Ray Clause

Ray Clause
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Raymond Clause has performed with the country band Against The Grain as well as with legendary country artists Johnny Lee and Mel Tillis and even jazz great Maynard Ferguson. He is the founder and administrative teacher of the Wichita Music Teachers Group, an organization that offers private music lessons to students of all ages in cities such as Wichita, Wellington, Winfield and Goddard.

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Music
8:16 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Seattle Band Focuses On Sunny Sounds

Seattle's Ivan & Alyosha will perform in Wichita on Saturday.
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Seattle musician Tim Wilson formed the band Ivan & Alyosha in 2007 with his friend Ryan Carbary. Since 2009 the group—rounded out by Wilson's brother Pete and guitarist Tim Kim—has recorded and issued a series of mini albums, but February saw the release of the group's first full-length, All The Times We Had.

Wilson says he was confident about the record even during the earliest stages of recording. “It felt pretty special early on,” Wilson recalls. “I remember texting our manager that and he was, like, ‘Yeah, yeah.’”

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Commentary
7:40 am
Mon April 1, 2013

At Play: Dance, Dolly and The Food Network

Tony-nominated actress Karla Burns performs in "Hello, Dolly!" at the Forum Theatre in Wichita.
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The Crown Uptown Theatre presents the hit 1946 musical Annie Get Your Gun now through April 27. This timeless love story between sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler features songs from Irving Berlin including “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Anything You Can Do,” and “They Say It’s Wonderful.”

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Music
9:54 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Top Albums: March 25 - 30

  1. Hush Hush--Kentucky Knife Fight
  2. Songs For Slim--The Replacements
  3. What The Brothers Sang--Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie “Prince” Billy
  4. Delta Machine--Depeche Mode
  5. Tooth & Nail--Billy Bragg
  6. Dancing--Mike Keneally and Beer For Dolphins
  7. Sound City: Real to Reel--Sound City
  8. Specter at the Feast--Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  9. Bloodsports--The London Suede
  10. Forever Endeavour--Ron Sexsmith
Music
8:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Top Albums: March 18 - 23

  1. Songs For Slim--The Replacements
  2. Sound City: Real to Reel--Sound City
  3. Bloodsports--The London Suede
  4. Old Word’s Ocean--The Calamity Cubes
  5. The Next Day--David Bowie
  6. What The Brothers Sang--Dawn McCarthy with Bonnie “Prince” Billy
  7. Wooden Smoke--Mike Keneally
  8. Gold Yeller--Oil Boom
  9. The Sacred Squall of Now--Reeves Gabrels
  10. The Old New Me--Slim Dunlap
Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

A Musical Life: Kyle Cramb

Kyle Cramb's began his solo studio project, The Coma Calling, in 2007.
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 Kyle Cramb (born 1983, Wichita, Kan.) played guitar in progressive post-rock bands between 2000-2006, then established a love for drum machines, sampling and programming.

He's said composing music with the aid of computers instead of other band members made sense to him because he didn't have to rely on someone else to be available. Drum machines and samplers had good timing and were at his fingertips, which he found liberating.

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Music
8:43 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Some Rural, Some Urban In The Music Of The Pines

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The Pines find comfort in rural and urban America.

Iowa natives Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt formed the band The Pines after a chance meeting in Arizona. The pair quickly relocated to Minneapolis, Minn., where the band is based today.

Ramsey says that he and Huckfelt were first drawn together by a love of regional music and the blues.

“We were obsessed with blues music and folk music,” Ramsey says of his early days with Huckfelt.

The move to Minneapolis exposed the pair to the music of St. Paul’s “Spider” John Koerner—who Ramsey calls “a huge influence."

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Music
11:54 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Top Albums: March 11 - 16

  1. Songs For Slim -- The Replacements
  2. The Next Day -- David Bowie
  3. The Beast In Its Tracks -- Josh Ritter
  4. What The Brothers Sang -- Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie “Prince” Billy
  5. Vacilador -- The Giving Tree Band
  6. Old Yellow Moon -- Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
  7. Kimono My House -- Sparks
  8. Skin and Bones -- Foo Fighters
  9. Honky Tonk -- Son Volt
  10. Forever Endeavour -- Ron Sexsmith

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