Jedd Beaudoin


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, 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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Bassist Ricky Phillips joined the band Styx in 2003. He says that coming into what many see as a simple pop band changed his playing and made him a better musician. KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin recently spoke with Phillips and has more.

Friday, July 1

It’s Our New Month, New Music feature with selections from True Sadness, the brand-new release from The Avett Brothers and selections from the debut album from Case/Lang/Veirs, featuring Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs.

Saturday, July 2

Lisa Hittle is Assistant Professor of Music and directs the jazz program at Friends University. She is a frequent performer with various jazz ensembles in and around Wichita.

“The Maynard Ferguson Orchestra came to Winfield, Kansas to Southwestern College and played a concert. It was the famous Live at Jimmy’s band, it was that lineup that recorded that album with Bruce Johnstone on baritone saxophone.

It was that night that everything really changed for me and I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

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Musician Curtis Salgado has become one of the most recognizable names in blues music over the last few decades. Despite awards and praise from his peers, Salgado says that he still has a long way to go until he feels he’s finally made it. KMUW’s Jedd Beaudoin recently spoke with Salgado and has more.  

For his latest album, The Beautiful Lowdown, blues legend Curtis Salgado decided he would make a record that was as diverse as his own musical tastes, spanning the range from Motown-style grooves to classic, gritty blues--and beyond. 

Friday, June 24

We celebrate the birthday of guitar legend Jeff Beck on this episode of the show, drawing on his early work with The Yardbirds as well as selections from his upcoming release Loud Hailer. Beck’s music will be featured on Strange Currency throughout the month of July. 

Saturday, June 25

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“John Carpenter’s 'Halloween' is my favorite horror film,” says Gina Wohlsdorf as she explains the germ of her new novel, the acclaimed 'Security.' “I wondered why it didn’t exist in book form. I’ve read really widely in horror, it’s a great genre but I’ve never seen a slasher novel. So I tried to write one and thought, ‘Well, that’s why you don’t see slasher novels. This is terrible.’”

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Thursday, June 16

3 AM is Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kira Small’s “epic breakup record,” an album filled with songs that detail pair and heartbreak but also provide the listener with a sense of uplift. Influenced by classic soul and R&B, Small’s latest release puts her in a class with singers such as Ann Peebles and Bonnie Raitt. We’ll hear selections from 3 AM as well as music from the new recording by Sarah Watkins, Young in All the Wrong Ways

Friday, June 17

Scott Mackey is a member of The Candy Lords and The T**s, and a veteran of Wichita bands such as Black Gasoline and Bright Young Hopefuls. He is also sound engineer at Barleycorn’s.

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Musician Matt Wilson’s latest release is a celebration of his wife and the extended family they shared through music.

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Suzy Bogguss has been making music for over 30 years now, and, she says, much of it has been on her own terms.