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 “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 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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Charisse Kahler is a native of Michigan who has lived in a variety of cities and states. For more than a decade she and her husband Steve have performed as The Kahlers.

My concept of songwriting is that the best ones are handed to you, as John Lennon once said, on a flaming pie.

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Tuesday, March 1

Changes is the brand-new release from acclaimed vocalist Charles Bradley. The title track is a cover of a poignant track from Black Sabbath’s Vol. 4 but Bradley makes the tune all his own. We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode of the show as well as music from the latest release by Mavis Staples. 

Wednesday, March 2 

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On this month's KMUW Movie Club, we talk about two incredibly different subsets of films. First up, the club talks about some of their favorite movies--that others love to hate. Second, the guys discuss films that take on the task of examining important issues.

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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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