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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Music
7:11 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Veteran acts take the spotlight on Strange Currency this week

The highly anticipated Zappa album 'Roxy by Proxy' featured Saturday.
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Thursday, April 17:

Formed in 1981 Scotland’s Big Country’s biggest moment in the United States came with the 1983 album The Crossing, which featured the song “In A Big Country.” The band continued to have commercial success outside the United States after that release but The Crossing remains the group’s best-known work on these shores. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from Tin Can Trust, 2010 release by Los Lobos.

Friday, April 18:

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Commentary
9:52 am
Mon April 14, 2014

At Play: All’s Fair In Love And War (Paint)

Music
1:38 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Strange Currency celebrates Daltrey/Johnson collaboration and the city of Memphis

Featured Friday: Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltery's collaboration, Going Back Home
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Monday, April 7: Listen for selections from Waiting For Columbus, the 1978 live album by April featured artist Little Feat. The record featured many of the band’s classic songs from its first era (c.1971-79) but also featured the Tower of Power Horns. We’ll also hear selections from Phish’s 2010 performance of the album as well as selections from In My Soul, the new album by blues and soul artist Robert Cray.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Musical Life: Ant Avery

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Anything worth possessing is worth sacrificing, even fighting for, and your career is no exception to the rule. For the Wichita, Kansas native Antimosity, the nine years that he has been grinding to maximize his full potential as a hip hop recording artist has been well worth the wait. The charismatic wordsmith is well prepared for everything coming his way, because he worked hard to get here.

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Music
5:00 am
Thu April 3, 2014

The Tontons Offer A New But Timeless Sound

The Tontons will be at the Wichita Orpheum Theater on Thursday, April 3 at 8pm.
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Since its inception six years ago, the Houston, Texas band The Tontons has won major critical acclaim and slowly grown a loyal fanbase. The quartet issued its latest album, Make Out King and Other Stories of Love, earlier this year to positive reviews. Some critics have noted that the band doesn’t quite fit into any easy niche. In an era where comparisons to more established acts serves as a kind of shorthand for whether you might or might not like an act, The Tontons is a band that’s almost peerless in its approach to contemporary music.

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Music
2:23 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Drive-By Truckers, Little Feat featured throughout April on Strange Currency

One of Strange Currency's April features, Drive-By Truckers

Monday, March 31: We’ll close out our March features on Beck and of Montreal and hear from our April featured acts Little Feat and Drive-By Truckers with a sampling from Little Feat’s 1973 release Dixie Chicken and Southern Rock Opera, the 2001 album from Drive-By Truckers. The record, true to its title, examines life in the south through the prism of legendary southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

At Play: Melody And Melodrama Prevail On Wichita Stages In The Coming Weeks

Opening this weekend at Mosley Street Melodrama is Carol Hughes’ Reno County 911: The Adventures of Starsky and Hutchinson. The production opens April 3 and will close May 24. Mosley Street Melodrama will present an uncensored performance of the play at a date to be determined during that run.

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Books
5:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Robert Gates Celebrates His Past With 'Duty,' But Continues To Look Forward

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Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has just released his memoirs of his time in both the Bush and Obama White Houses. It’s called Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary At War. In it, Gates writes about situations in China, the Middle East, and Russia.

Gates, who holds a Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet History, writes in Duty that he viewed Vladimir Putin as a “stone-cold killer,” and that he's been watching Russia once more with a close eye.

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Music
5:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Spirits And The Melchizedek Children Frontman Jason Elliott Improves Health, Music

So Happy It’s Sad is the second full-length album by Atlanta Georgia’s Spirits and the Melchizedek Children.
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Jason Elliott of the Atlanta, Georgia band Spirits and the Melchizedek Children says that listeners will notice that the group’s second full-length album, the just released So Happy, It’s Sad, is not as dark as the band’s last album, We Are Here To Save You. The bandleader said some of that difference can be attributed to changes he’s made in his life since the 2011 album’s release.

“A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and that was really the start of me making that decision of living healthier," Elliott says.

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5:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Truckstop Honeymoon Explores Long-Term Love Affairs On New Release

Truckstop Honeymoon
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It’s been 11 years since Mike West and Katie Euliss issued their first album as Truckstop Honeymoon; each successive recording has offered a glimpse into the couple’s life and musical evolution. West says that the latest Truckstop release, The Madness of Happiness, is one more example of the diverse musical influences the trio—which is rounded out by drummer Colin Mahoney—has. The songs are at times more aggressive and yet never far away from traditional roots music.

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