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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1:02 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Ringing in 2015 With The Best of 2014

'Monster Movie' by The Rainmakers
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Thursday, January 1: Listen for selections from Monster Movie, the latest release from Kansas City, Mo.’s The Rainmakers. The band returns to its live roots for this collection of songs about life in the United States in 2014, plus selections from Where The Woodbine Twineth, the sophomore release from the Wichita duo Elliot Road.

Friday, January 2: We highlight our Best of 2014 list with selections from Thompson, Robert Plant, Bob Dylan and others.

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Commentary
7:31 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

A Musical Life: Lacey Cruse

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Lacey Cruse’s first album, Turn Me On, is the culmination of years of singing and songwriting. Cruse’s blend of rootsy blues music can be attributed to a wide range of influences, including Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow.

My sister-in-law sent me a Christmas card a couple of years ago. And I thought to myself, ‘I don’t send Christmas cards. A lot of people do and I just don’t. So, what kind of girl am I?’

It morphed into "What kind of girl I’m not," rather than "what kind of girl I am."

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Music
11:56 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Best Music of 2014

  Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2014 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.

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Music
11:45 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Strange Currency: Best of 2014

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2014 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.

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Music
11:00 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Jedd Beaudoin's Best Music Books of 2014

The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs by Greil Marcus (Yale University Press)

Greil Marcus is one of our greatest music and cultural critics—maybe even the greatest. In this latest volume he travels the distance between Etta James and Joy Division, Cyndi Lauper, Beyoncé and more for a poetic, thoughtful and incredibly well-paced read.

The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob by David Kinney (Simon & Schuster)

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Music
8:57 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Remembering Elliott Smith, Revisiting A Classic From New Jersey’s Most Powerful Trio

'Barrett,' the 1970 solo album from Syd Barrett
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Tuesday, December 16: Listen for selections from Barrett, the 1970 album from former Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett. It was Barrett’s second and final solo recording and completed with the help of his former bandmates David Gilmour and Richard Wright. After the release of the album the gifted songwriter retired from music and spent the remainder of his life in Cambridge, England where he grew up, mostly painting and largely living in obscurity and poor health.

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Commentary
10:54 am
Fri December 12, 2014

A Musical Life: Bob Hamrick

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Bob Hamrick plays accordion with the Wichita band Pop and The Boys. He regularly attends the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas and is a loyal fan of the Grateful Dead. He explains that a gentleman is one who can play the accordion but chooses not to.

“My name is Bob Hamrick and I play the accordion.

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Books
5:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Jason Bailey Examines Woody Allen’s Body Of Work With New Book

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Jason Bailey’s second book, The Ultimate Woody Allen Film Companion, arrives at two critical points in the life of one of America cinema’s most prolific writers and directors. This year marks the 45th anniversary of Allen’s Take The Money and Run and 2015 will mark the film veteran’s eightieth birthday.

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Music
11:36 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Exploring Highs and Lows of Early Pink Floyd and Wilco’s Finest Hour

'Ummagumma,' the 1969 release from Pink Floyd
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Tuesday, December 9: Released in 1969 Ummagumma is one of Pink Floyd’s most remarkable albums. One half of the album was recorded live in concert and features staples of the group’s live show from that time, the other half is marked by unusual compositions intended to give each member of the band a voice in the songwriting process. Fans and critics continue to argue about the artistic merits of the studio pieces, though the live recordings are fine examples of a band that had earned a reputation for stellar live shows.

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5:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Under The Streetlamp Takes Wichita Spotlight

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Under The Streetlamp is a vocal quartet that salutes American pop music from the past. The group has its origins in the Chicago company of Jersey Boys. It was during that run of the show that Shonn Wiley and the other members began moonlighting as a vocal group performing music from and around the doo-wop era. By early 2010 the production had closed but the members continued to perform together.

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