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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Wednesday, December 16

Listen for selections from the 1964 self-titled album by guitar legend Doc Watson as well as music from Elliot Road’s Where The Woodbine Twineth.

Thursday, December 17

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy came to international attention in the late 1990s as part of the swing music revival that was seemingly everywhere at the time.

Although that music’s popularity had declined by the early 2000s, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy remains a popular and active recording and touring band. And among the most popular shows each year are the band’s Christmas gigs.

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Chris Mackie is a lifelong musician who performs as a member of Deathblack Flowers, as a solo artist under the names Christopher Flores and Gilded Heart. He is a former member of the band This Great October and also recorded with the band Sonna. A rarities collection from that group is expected in the near future.

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Garth Brooks recently set attendance records at one local venue for six shows. He says that he's happy to be back on the road and that he's optimistic about music's future. KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin caught up with Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood backstage hours before opening night in Wichita.

Tuesday, December 1

We commemorate World AIDS Day with selections from Arthur Russell, John Grant, Queen, David Byrne, Lou Reed and many other artists who have written about and/or lived with HIV/AIDS.

Wednesday, December 2

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Bob Walkenhorst is vocalist/guitarist and main songwriter for The Rainmakers. The band is based in Kansas City, Missouri and was inducted in the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2011 and accumulated numerous fans since the early 1980s, including author Stephen King. The band’s most recent recording is Cover Band.

Here, in a 2014 interview with KMUW, Walkenhorst discusses his longtime fascination with religion in his lyrics.

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With Black Friday almost upon us, KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin, Fletcher Powell and Hugo Phan discuss their favorite movies about greed, excess and consumerism.

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The Oklahoma music scene is as is vibrant today as it has ever been thanks to a group of young bands that blur the lines between country, rock and Americana. KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin spoke to a founding member of one of those bands, a musician who says that the audience for this brand of music continues to grow.

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Wednesday, November 18

Taking its name from the Italian version of George A. Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead, Zombi has long held a special place in the hearts of music lovers who also love film scores. The band’s synth-heavy sound recalls the music of Italian horror masters Goblin and filmmaker John Carpenter’s unique scores. We’ll hear selections from that record as well from Kimono My House, the 1974 album from Sparks. 

Thursday, November 19

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Ryan Stoldt is the main songwriter and co-founder of the band Twin Cities. He is also a member of Coriander and Team Tremolo.

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