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
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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Books
5:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

New Book Explores J. Edgar Hoover's Control Of The Press

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Matthew Cecil, Director of WSU’s Elliott School of Communication, has just published a book about the relationship between former FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover, the Bureau itself and the media. Although it’s been more than 40 years since Hoover’s passing, there are still lessons for journalists and the public to learn by taking a close look at the director’s actions and his legacy.

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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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Music
2:07 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Bridging the distance between progressive and punk

British 'Progressive' rockers, Yes, featured Saturday

Monday, March 10: Motivational Jumpsuit is the latest release by the Dayton, Ohio band Guided By Voices. The group has been releasing albums since the early 1980s and Motivational Jumpsuit is the first of at least two proposed Guided By Voices records for 2014. Led by former elementary school teacher Robert Pollard, the group blends elements of classic ‘60s pop with noisy punk sounds and touches of progressive rock across 20 songs on this new album, most of which clock in under the three minute mark.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

A Musical Life: Lalanea Chastain

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Lalanea Chastain has been performing music since she was a teenager, focusing on blues and jazz, although she is comfortable in most genres. “I’ll sing virtually anything,” she says. She lives in Wichita, where she is currently honing her guitar skills.

My name is Lalanea Chastain. I’m a local singer. My latest project is with the blues band Yale Street Players. I also play with a cover band, Blue Eyed Soul. I started playing music with my family.

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Music
5:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

March Goes Beyond 'Indie' With Beck, of Montreal

Morning Phase is the latest release from featured artist, Beck.
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Monday, March 3: Blank Project is the latest release by Swedish-born singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry and her first album in 18 years. Cherry has said that the album is in part a mourning of her mother, who died in 2009. The singer is perhaps best known for her 1989 dance hit “Buffalo Stance.” We’ll hear from that record plus selections from featured artist Beck’s latest album, Morning Phase, his first album since 2008 and a record he has called a companion piece to his somber 2002 album Sea Change.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

At Play: Angel Finds Southern Comfort

The Wichita State University School of Performing Arts presents Violet March 6-9. Violet is based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts and set in 1964 in the deep south. The story follows the growth and enlightenment of a bitter young woman scarred by an accident as a young girl. One of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the 1990’s, Violet is currently being staged on Broadway in a production starring Sutton Foster. This production is directed by guest director Stephen Kopel .

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Music
5:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Appleseed Collective Marries Tradition, Excitement

The Appleseed Collective will be playing at Rock Island Live on Tuesday, February 25 at 8:30pm.
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Formed in 2010 by guitarist and vocalist Andrew Brown and violinist Brandon Smith, the Appleseed Collective was initially inspired by music that came from Europe and New Orleans in the years before World War II. Brown explains how he and his bandmates took that music as a template and updated it with more contemporary leanings.

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