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.

Ways to Connect

The Wonder Revolution

David Lord, guitarist and founder of Wichita’s The Wonder Revolution, explains that the project is more than just a band-- it’s a state of mind and a lifestyle. 

In addition to writing music, Lord explains that he’s also a longtime fiction writer and photographer. All of his artistic work, he says, had this in common:

1. Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever Will Hermes From New York City punk to the wealth of ethnic sounds that permeated popular culture, Hermes covers them all in this fast-paced and thoughtful book, issued in paperback in 2011. Thorough and intelligent, this is an absolute must-read for music lovers.

Two thousand and twelve saw a bumper crop of ace local and regional releases, including several that did not make this list but were strong contenders, among them three releases from Wichita’s The Wonder Revolution (including Firefly) and Zsa Zsa Ketzner's EP.

There were several surprise releases this year, including the solo debut from Split Lip Rayfield’s Wayne Gottstine, a lo-fi adventure from singer-songwriter Curt Mitchell, and Les Easterby’s The World Palindrome.

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin and Chris Heim run down the best in music for 2012 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, blues and books about music.

  1. Wing Beat Fantastic––Mike Keneally
  2. Tempest––Bob Dylan
  3. Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran––Jamey Johnson
  4. Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now––Justin Townes Earle
  5. Copper Blue––Sugar (Reissue)
  6. Phantom Limb––Water Liars
  7. Django Django––Django Django
  8. Chasing Away The Dots––Mike Coykendall
  9. A Wasteland Companion––M.

Wichita Community Theatre continues its run of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And then some) now through December 23. Three actors bring together a fast, fun and furious look at every Christmas story, movie or TV special, and all the yuletide traditions we all remember (and some you never knew) in a whirlwind of word play, props, quick costume changes, and sight gags. This production is directed by Crystal Meek.

  1. Freefall -- Dixie Dregs
  2. Celebration Day -- Led Zeppelin
  3. Crashes On The Platinum Planet -- Big Dipper
  4. Chasing Away The Dots -- Mike Coykendall
  5. Minnesota Beatle Project Vol.4 -- Various Artists
  6. Lambo Doors -- Spirit of the Stairs
  7. Firefly -- The Wonder Revolution
  8. Tomorrow’s The Day -- The Ants
  9. Django Django -- Django Django
  10. Songs From The Big Chair -- Tears For Fears

  1. Grrr! -- The Rolling Stones
  2. An Omen -- How To Destroy Angels
  3. Wood -- Widespread Panic
  4. Tomorrow’s The Day -- The Ants
  5. Lambo Doors -- Spirit of the Stairs
  6. Chasing Away The Dots -- Mike Coykendall
  7. Bears For Lunch -- Guided By Voices
  8. Blak and Blu -- Gary Clark Jr.
  9. Celebration Day -- Led Zeppelin
  10. Firefly -- The Wonder Revolution

Chandra Stauffer

KMUW’s Frank Dudgeon retires Friday after more than 40 years as a member of the professional radio community. Jedd Beaudoin recently sat down with Dudgeon to talk about his career. And they started at the beginning.

“I was actually born in Arkansas,” he says, “that was because my dad was a country singer and he was on the road. This is back when country music sounded like folk, it was all acoustic. And my mother was with him at the time and I always feel that if you’re born you should be near your mother."

The Wichita State University School of Performing Arts presents She Loves Me , a romantic musical set in the 1930s where two feuding clerks secretly find solace in their anonymous pen pals, not realizing that they are actually writing to each other. She Loves Me is directed by Wayne Bryan.

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