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

Ways to Connect

KMUW Music will be celebrating Mardi Gras with five hours of music! Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Tuesday, February 28 from 7:00 to midnight. 

To celebrate Fat Tuesday, Global Village heads to some carnival hot spots: Brazil for some samba, Trinidad for calypso and steel drum music, and the Crescent City for the Mardi Gras Indian group Wild Tchoupitoulas, and such New Orleans favorites as Professor Longhair, the Hawketts and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

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Friday, February 24

Listen for selections from Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins, the latest from San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet as well as music from Split Lip Rayfield’s third LP, Never Make It Home.

Saturday, February 25

Andrew Stephens serves as Creative Director at BalancedComp and has designed album covers for musical acts such as Kill Vargas, Francis Moss, The Coma Calling and Vehicles. He lives, with his family, in Wichita.

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On My Way is the first album in eight years from Split Lip Rayfield. The long-awaited recording was a welcome arrival for fans, but it also offered surprises for the Lawrence-based trio. The LP debuted at Number 8 on Billboard’s bluegrass chart. The band’s Wayne Gottstine says he expected the effort to do well but maybe after he and his bandmates had done some roadwork to support it.

KMUW Music will be celebrating Presidents' Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Monday, February 20 from 7:00 to midnight. 

Global Village will feature music from artists who ran for or won the office of president – including Dizzy Gillespie, Fela, Ruben Blades, and Michel Martelly – plus Les Ambassadeurs (because every president has some) and Brenda Fassie’s tribute to South African President, Nelson Mandela.

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Friday, February 17

Prisoner is the latest release from singer-songwriter Ryan Adams (formerly of the band Whiskeytown). Coming roughly one year after his re-creation of Taylor Swift’s 1989, this album features a new batch of original songs from Adams. We’ll hear selections from this recording as well as new music from Son Volt.

Saturday, February 18

As part of this Valentine's Day edition of the KMUW Movie Club, the guys pick their favorite couples to have ever adorned the silver screen. Following that discussion, the group gives their take on the recently released Oscar Nominations.

KMUW Music will be celebrating the music of love this Valentine's Day. Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Tuesday, February 14, for the annual special feature.

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Show times for Tuesday, February 14:

  • Global Village | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Strange Currency | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Night Train | 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Algonquin

Lydia Reeder’s new book, Dust Bowl Girls, tells the story of how her great-uncle, Sam Babb, coached the 1932 Oklahoma Presbyterian College Cardinals to a championship season. The story of Babb, his team and their determination is inspirational and part of the book’s growing success. Here, Reeder recalls how a simple folder her grandmother gave her provided the basis of the story she tells in this new work.

Jedd Beaudoin: Where did Dust Bowl Girls start for you?

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Thursday, February 9

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