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.

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Tuesday, February 23 

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“I play bass in the roots-rock band North Platte. I’ve played bass nearly my whole life. I started in fourth grade in elementary school when they first introduced the option and just followed it all the way through school. I laid low for a few years after school but have been playing regularly for the last five or six years again.

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When Oklahoma’s The Turnpike Troubadours released their self-titled album last fall, the record immediately climbed the charts in both the rock and country worlds. According to bassist and band co-founder RC Edwards, it was proof of the band’s ability to appeal to wide range of fans.

“We’ve kind of always straddled that line where we had the rockabilly and punk rock crowd as well as the traditional country crowd and the bluegrass crowd,” Edwards says. “So we get to see all those people mix together at our shows, and we’re lucky enough to be part of all those different scenes.”

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Friday, February 12

In 1970 Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys stumbled upon two teenaged musicians who knew the repertoire of the Stanley Brothers better than most. Stanley was impressed enough that he suggested the pair record an album of that music backed by his band. Those two upstarts, Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs, did exactly that the following year. They also recorded two more records with Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys.

Michael Evancho is a solo musician who has more than a decade of experience writing and recording music. He was one part of the band Darlin’ Maudie with his brother Nick. He lives in Wichita with his wife, Danielle.

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Monday, February 1

Buddy Miller is a prolific songwriter, producer and musician whose work includes credits with Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant and numerous albums as a solo artist and with his wife Julie.

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Jeffrey Biegel is a versatile pianist who has worked with some of the world’s greatest symphonies and some of its greatest composers as well. He also loves the music of George Gershwin, who, along with his brother Ira Gershwin, wrote some of the most enduring pieces in American music.

Biegel is especially fond of “Rhapsody In Blue,” a piece that serves as the climax of the Gershwin Experience shows Biegel will perform with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra this weekend. “Rhapsody” dates to 1924 when it was first orchestrated by Ferdie Grofé.

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It's a new year, and with it comes an opportunity to transform yourself--but what if that transformation goes horribly wrong? This month, the KMUW Movie Club discusses their favorite films about gross and twisted physical transformations. 

Speaking of transformation, an organization that is currently going through one is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Oscar nominations came out a couple of weeks ago, and the KMUW Movie Club is running down the list to give you their thoughts and predictions.

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.