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
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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Music
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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Music
2:30 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Cash, Hold Steady Return With New Music This Week

Featured Friday: Teeth Dreams from The Hold Steady

Monday, March 23 2014: Born in Memphis, Tenn., Alex Chilton was barely into his teens when he joined the band The Box Tops and scored a major hit with the song “The Letter.” By the end of the 1960s, Chilton had tired of teen fame and sought out a more mature sound in Big Star, a band that never achieved more than cult status but was remarkable for its memorable songs, many of them influenced by the sounds of British Invasion bands such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

A Musical Life: Byron J. Love

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Byron J. Love performs under that name as a solo artist. He is a past member of Boys Beware, My Why, and Rex Bennet Fight Scene. Although he continues to gig in the Wichita area, his current focus is in the visual realm, focusing on video and motion graphics as well as ICT Channel 13.

I am Byron J. Love. I am sort of a singer-songwriter type person. It’s hard for me to call myself a musician because I can do it but I know real musicians and those guys are amazing. I have the ability to play music and write songs, so I do it, but I’m not a touring musician.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

The Past Takes The Stage This Week On At Play

Catch Public Theater’s new Tony-winning production of HAIR at Century II starting March 18-20.
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Public Theater’s new Tony-winning production of HAIR arrives in Wichita for three performances on March 18, 19, 20 at Century II. The classic and controversial musical examines a group of youths searching for peace and love in turbulent times. HAIR was first staged off Broadway in 1967 and has undergone several revivals in subsequent decades in addition to being adapted for film in 1979.

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Music
5:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

War on Drugs returns with a new, acclaimed release and Paul Rodgers revisits soul classics

Friday: English rocker and singer-song writer Paul Rodgers
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Monday, March 17: We’ll hear selections from the 1965 album Jackson C. Frank by American blues and folk musician Jackson Frank. The album, produced by Paul Simon, has just been reissued and stands as the only significant recording that the late musician did during his lifetime. Despite his status as a fairly obscure artist, his songs have been recorded by Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, Counting Crows, and Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes. Plus, selections from The Take Off and Landing of Everything by British progressive rock band Elbow.

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