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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Shortly before the Wichita-based band Standing in the Colour began writing its new record, Singularity, guitarist Ryan Green left the band. Green and his brother Mark had created a distinct sound with their playing. According to drummer Mike Gangwere, Mark Green was more than up to the challenge of creating a single guitar sound that could stand up to the old twin guitar attack.

Monday, August 1

We celebrate the anniversary of George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh with selections from the concert itself as well as music from the musicians involved. 

Tuesday, August 2

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The Appleseed Collective spends much of its time on the road, so it's fitting that the band's latest recording, The Tour Tapes, is comprised entirely of music taken from live performances. Band member Andrew Brown explains that the band also wanted to spotlight its growth as songwriters and performers.

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Eleanor Brown’s new novel, The Light of Paris, weaves together the story of two women: One living in the United States at the end of the last millennium, the other is a woman who lives in Paris at the height of the Jazz Age.

Brown says that she was inspired to write the novel after a conversation she had with her parents about her grandmother.

James Chiang

Paul Gilbert has one of the most stylistically diverse discographies in rock guitar. From his time in the shred outfit Racer X to his Top 40 success with Mr. Big and beyond, Gilbert has carved path that sees him moving with ease from the guitar heavy music of the 1970s to the layered, multi-faceted world of smart singer-songwriters such as Todd Rundgren. His latest release is I Can Destroy, an album that finds the Illinois-born musician’s senses of facility and humor intact.

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Heather Wooldridge is a Wichita-based musician. She plays keyboards with Vehicles and a variety of other instruments in her downtime. She favors soul music and the drums.

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In the early 1990s, novelist Larry Watson felt like his career as a writer might be over. He didn’t have an editor, agent or publisher. He also didn’t have an idea that he felt was strong enough to write the kind of book that launches an author on the path to success. Then, he decided to a closer look at his own life.

“I started to think, ‘Well, maybe there’s a possibility in my own region, my own heritage, family,'" he says. "When I found that, it just opened a vein that I’ve been able to keep mining for a number of other books.”

Monday, July 25

I Can Destroy is the latest release from guitarist Paul Gilbert. Known for his work as a solo artist and with the bands Racer X and Mr. Big, Gilbert touches on a variety of styles on his latest solo offering with songs informed by his unique sense of humor. We’ll hear selections from I Can Destroy on this episode of the show as well as music from Scambot 2 the new release by Mike Keneally. 

Tuesday, July 26

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The Innocents is the latest novel by Ace Atkins. It's also the latest novel in the Quinn Colson detective series. Set in the town of Jericho, Mississippi, it is a story that features small-time thugs, drug deals, a morally ambiguous hero and a hint that the town’s deepest, darkest secrets have yet to come to light. Atkins, who is a former crime reporter, says that the seeds of the book were planted in a newspaper account he’d read of a horrific crime not far from his home in Oxford, Mississippi.

Monday, July 18

Carolina is the sixth album from Spain, the musical project of Josh Haden. The album examines American life by combining elements of the personal and historical. We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode of the show along with music from Haden’s sister, Petra, and her recently reissued solo debut album Imaginaryland.

Tuesday, July 19