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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Monday, September 26

American Band is the latest release from venerable American rock band Drive-By Truckers. Whereas the band has taken time to celebrate and contemplate its Southern heritage on past releases, this time the group takes a decidedly political turn with songs such as “Once They Banned Imagine” and “Sun Don’t Shine” and “Ever South.” We’ll hear selections from that recording on this episode of the show as well as music from the latest album by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.

Tuesday, September 27

Karin Slaughter’s The Kept Woman is the latest in a series of books featuring Will Trent. All the makings of a classic Slaughter thriller are there: a murder, a villain, and Trent’s continued internal struggles. Slaughter recently phoned KMUW to talk more about the book, and about Will Trent.

Jedd Beaudoin: Tell me a little bit about where The Kept Woman began for you.

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Kimberly Bowie (pronounced boo-ey) has been singing since she was four years old. She is assistant manager and lead vocal coach at School of Rock, Wichita.

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Friday, September 16

Listen for music from Wilco's latest Schmilco

Saturday, September 17

Released in 2002, Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground became the breakthrough release for Bright Eyes. The record was also later listed as one of the best albums of the decade by a variety of critics. Listen for selections from that release as well as new music from Faun Fables.

Monday, September 19

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Dave Barry’s latest book, Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Home, answers a question the storied humorist has been answering for other people for many years now: What, exactly, is going on in Florida? The book plays upon the notion that there’s something not quite right about Florida and its people.

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Pierce The Veil has released one of the year’s most discussed records. After a long wait for its release, the group says it's grateful for its fans, and for each other.

Friday, September 9

We celebrate Otis Redding’s 75th birthday with selections from his career plus cover versions of his songs from Paul Rodgers, Etta James, Black Crowes, and Humble Pie.

Saturday, September 10

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Robin Roberts has been playing in a variety of music settings for several decades. He and musical partner Billie Preston are prominent members of the Wichita music scene and can be seen and heard around town on a regular basis.

I started playing the banjo in 2007. It changed my life and it’s been my passion since then.

In 2007, when I was getting ready to leave down there … I see this golf cart going by me and I see this kid sitting on the back of the golf cart and he’s playing a banjo. For some reason, the sound of that banjo stayed in my head. I couldn’t shake it.

Thursday, September 1

Recorded over four days in early 1987, Bring the Family found John Hiatt in the company of Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe and Jim Keltner. The four created what became Hiatt’s breakthrough album and set the Indiana native on a three-decade path of critical acclaim and increased commercial fortunes. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from Carolina, the latest release by Spain.

Friday, September 2

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Old Crow Medicine Show has been performing, recording and touring since the late 1990s. In that time the group has become standard bearers for a particular brand of old time music that tempers good times with deep thoughts. Co-founder Ketch Secor says that the group doesn’t take its role lightly. Spreading the gospel of social consciousness and activism through music is a kind of higher calling.