Jedd Beaudoin


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, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.

Ways to Connect

The author of one of last year's most popular novels visits Wichita on Tuesday evening in support of that book and in advance of a brand new work as well.

Tyler Grubb plays mandolin and trombone in Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy. He lives in Wichita when he’s not touring the United States (or elsewhere) with the band. Here, he discusses his relationship with the mandolin.

Album Cover Art

Monday, January 18

Tell Me I’m Pretty is the latest release from Cage The Elephant. We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as music from our Best of 2015 list.

Tuesday, January 19

Listen for music from Sonic Youth, Los Lobos and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, all acts represented on our Best Music-Related Books of 2015

Wednesday, January 20

courtesy photo

Jordan Bollig plays electric and upright bass in a variety of musical settings including Cherokee Maidens. He plays electric guitar in The Banned and teaches at both Wichita State University and School of Rock.

As 2015 ends, KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin, Fletcher Powell and Hugo Phan have gathered to discuss their favorite movies of the year.

Every once in a while, we discover films that flew right by us when they came out. In a bonus (and longer) segment, the KMUW Movie Club discusses their favorite film(s) they saw in 2015 that didn't exactly come out this year. 

Album Cover Art

Friday, January 1

Listen for selections from Wichita’s The Travel Guide and the group’s brand new record Trading A Dream as well as selections from Sonic Youth’s 1994 release Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star.

Saturday, January 2

Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush is an impressive boxed set that examines the multi-decade career of R&B/blues great Bobby Rush. We’ll hear selections from that as well as music from Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings.

Monday, January 4

Michael Bordelon

Mike Coykendall’s latest recording is Half Past Present Pending. A native of Norwich, Kansas he has been recording music since the 1980s with acts such as Klyde Konnor, The Old Joe Clarks and as a member of M. Ward’s band. He has recorded with or engineered albums for acts such as Blitzen Trapper, She and Him, Richmond Fontaine and others. He lives in Portland, Oregon. This segment features elements from an interview recorded in 2013.

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2015 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.

Album Cover Art

Strange Currency--hosted by Jedd Beaudoin--airs six nights a week from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. on KMUW, bringing you new releases, old favorites and forgotten classics. 

In addition to his overall "Best of 2015" list, Jedd offers several "best of" categories this year, including best indies, reissues, music films and DVDs, and local regional releases.

Los Lobos: Dream In Blue by Chris Morris (University of Texas Press)

Chris Morris provides a critical study of Los Lobos that reveals things even hardcore fans may not have known. At 182 pages it’s a slender volume but one never senses that there’s anything missing. This is a long overdue study of the best band in North America.

Petty: The Biography by Warren Zanes (Henry Holt and Co.)