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
Fri January 11, 2013

Guitar Virtuoso To Perform With Wichita Symphony Orchestra

Credit eliotfisk.com

Eliot Fisk splits his time as a performer, recording artist, and educator between Europe and North America, but the largely self-taught musician––who did study with guitar master Andres Segovia––says that it’s his native land, the United States, that gives him the strongest sense of identity.

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Commentary
7:47 am
Mon January 7, 2013

At Play Theatre Roundup: 1/7 - 1/20

Wichita’s Forum Theatre presents The Mystery of Irma Vep January 10 through February 3 with Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. matinees. Hailed as "the funniest two hours on any stage" by The New York Times, this comedy is a send-up to every B-rated Gothic Horror film ever made and the theatre of the ridiculous. This production features actors Ray Wills and Monte Wheeler.

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Commentary
10:11 am
Mon December 24, 2012

At Play Theatre Roundup: 12/24 - 1/6

Wichita Community Theatre will present Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs January 24 through February 10. Part of Simon’s semi-autobiographical Eugene trilogy that follows Eugene Morris Jerome from New York to the army and back again via Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound, Brighton Beach Memoirs examines the protagonist’s struggles with puberty, sexual awakening, and his search for identity amid his daily struggles with family.

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Music
3:33 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Top Albums: December 10-15

  1. We No Who U R -- Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (Single)
  2. Lambo Doors -- Spirit of the Stairs
  3. Chasing Away The Dots -- Mike Coykendall
  4. Firefly -- The Wonder Revolution
  5. The Yes Album -- Yes
  6. Acquiring The Taste -- Gentle Giant
  7. Boing, We’ll Do It Live! -- The Aristocrats
  8. Crashes On The Platinum Planet -- Big Dipper
  9. Transcendental Youth -- The Mountain Goats
  10. The Travel Guide -- The Travel Guide
Music
6:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Local Music: The Wonder Revolution Sets Firefly Free

The album cover of Firefly by The Wonder Revolution.
Credit The Wonder Revolution

David Lord, guitarist and founder of Wichita’s The Wonder Revolution, explains that the project is more than just a band-- it’s a state of mind and a lifestyle. 

In addition to writing music, Lord explains that he’s also a longtime fiction writer and photographer. All of his artistic work, he says, had this in common:

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Books
2:52 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Best Books in Music of 2012 - Jedd's Picks

1. Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever Will Hermes From New York City punk to the wealth of ethnic sounds that permeated popular culture, Hermes covers them all in this fast-paced and thoughtful book, issued in paperback in 2011. Thorough and intelligent, this is an absolute must-read for music lovers.

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Indie Rock
2:41 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Strange Currency Best of 2012 - Local

Two thousand and twelve saw a bumper crop of ace local and regional releases, including several that did not make this list but were strong contenders, among them three releases from Wichita’s The Wonder Revolution (including Firefly) and Zsa Zsa Ketzner's EP.

There were several surprise releases this year, including the solo debut from Split Lip Rayfield’s Wayne Gottstine, a lo-fi adventure from singer-songwriter Curt Mitchell, and Les Easterby’s The World Palindrome.

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Music
2:19 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Best Music of 2012

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin and Chris Heim run down the best in music for 2012 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, blues and books about music.

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Indie Rock
1:12 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Strange Currency Best of 2012

  1. Wing Beat Fantastic––Mike Keneally
  2. Tempest––Bob Dylan
  3. Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran––Jamey Johnson
  4. Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now––Justin Townes Earle
  5. Copper Blue––Sugar (Reissue)
  6. Phantom Limb––Water Liars
  7. Django Django––Django Django
  8. Chasing Away The Dots––Mike Coykendall
  9. A Wasteland Companion––M.
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Commentary
7:51 am
Mon December 10, 2012

At Play Theatre Roundup: 12/10 - 12/23

Wichita Community Theatre continues its run of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And then some) now through December 23. Three actors bring together a fast, fun and furious look at every Christmas story, movie or TV special, and all the yuletide traditions we all remember (and some you never knew) in a whirlwind of word play, props, quick costume changes, and sight gags. This production is directed by Crystal Meek.

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