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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Commentary
4:08 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

A Musical Life: Shawn Craver

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After a series of events including California, trains, and Indian reservations, Shawn Craver came to Wichita in October of 2008. An unexpected emergency left him with a difficult choice to make about his life and shortly after, he played fiddle for the first time and founded the band Raging Sea. As Raging Sea progressed, Shawn picked up his original instrument, the guitar, in a post-punk/folk style that took him back to his beginnings as a rocker.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Vehicles: Finding Happiness With 'Bluebird'

Vehicles will be celebrating the release of "This Bluebird Wants Me Dead" on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Lucky’s Everyday.
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Musicians Kerry Bainum and Cody Cloud have played in bands together for more than 15 years. When it looked like their current band, Vehicles, was on the verge of collapse a few years ago, the two friends decided that instead of letting the band come to an abrupt end, as they’d done in the past, they’d keep it together. After all, Cloud says, a new band always faces serious challenges when it tries to get off the ground.

“It’s a matter of momentum," he says. "Who wants to lose momentum? The heart and soul of the band is still here—me and the drummer, so why not keep going?”

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Music
5:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Enter The Dragon: Split Lip Rayfield Ends Hiatus

After 15 months, Split Lip Rayfield ended their hiatus with a performance on New Year's Eve at The Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS.
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After nearly 10 years of non-stop touring, the members of Kansas-based band Split Lip Rayfield decided to take a break—an unbelievably long one by the trio’s standards. The hiatus spanned nearly 15 months, starting in October 2012 and ending on New Year’s Eve in Lawrence. The band’s Wayne Gottstine says it was something the members all felt they needed.

“We played a ton of shows in the last couple of years so we needed a little time off to rest up the old man, I guess," Gottstine says. "I think it’s probably one of the longer breaks in the 16 years that Split Lip’s been around.”

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blues
5:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Saluting Presidents' Day, Harry Nilsson, And The Beatles' Solo Projects

"Of Great and Mortal Men: 43 Songs for 43 U.S. Presidencies"
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Monday, Feb. 17 2014: We team up with Global Village and Night Train for a Presidents’ Day special featuring selections from some politically active musicians, including Joe Walsh, Frank Zappa, Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys, and others, plus some quasi-political musings from Little Feat, Ian Hunter, and selections from Of Great and Mortal Men: 43 Songs For 43 U.S. Presidencies.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

At Play: Theatre Goes Underground

Now through February 22, the Crown Uptown presents Godspell. Godspell is a musical by Stephen Schwartz that paints a portrait with various musical parables from the Gospel According to Matthew. Jesus Christ recruits a group of followers and teaches them lessons through song and dance featuring a wide range of musical genres including bluegrass, R&B and rock and roll.

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Commentary
12:03 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

A Musical Life: Thayne Coleman

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Thayne Coleman has recorded two albums as frontman of The Travel Guide. He’s also a member of the Wichita collective The Wonder Revolution in which he plays drums. The Travel Guide is working on a new studio album that should be released later in 2014. Coleman counts, among his influences, Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, and John Updike.

My name is Thayne Coleman. I play guitar, and sing for a band called The Travel Guide, and I play drums in a band called the Wonder Revolution.

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Music
8:45 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Celebrating Peter Gabriel's 64th Birthday, Valentine's Day

Monday, February 10: Marissa Nadler is a singer-songwriter whose work touches on themes associated with writers such as Edgar Allen Poe and influenced by work of folk musicians such as Joni Mitchell, Robbie Basho, and John Fahey. Her latest release is July, a record produced by Randall Dunn, whose previous credits include work with heavy metal bands Wolves in the Throne Room, Sunn 0))), and Earth. We’ll hear from that as well as Oh No! Not Jazz!, the brand new recording from the Ed Palermo Big Band.

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Music
8:40 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Hear New Music From Drive-By Truckers, Haden Triplets, And Classics From Harry Nilsson, The Beatles

Hear music from the Drive-By Truckers all week on Strange Currency.

All Week: Hear the new song from Drive-By Truckers, “Pauline Hawkins,” from the upcoming release English Oceans.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

At Play: Love, Evolution, And Science For Kids

There’s still time to catch Wichita Community Theatre’s production of Inherit The Wind, written by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee. The town of Hillsboro and its citizen Bertram Cates are on trial for teaching evolution in the public schools. The world has its eye on this small town as the trial unfolds. This production features Wichita stage veterans Don Wineke and David Bailey among others. The production closes on February 9.

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A Musical Life
6:26 am
Fri January 24, 2014

A Musical Life: Matt Hamer

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Matt Hamer is a member of the band Coriander. The group has just issued the album Old Invitations

My name is Matt Hamer and I play guitar and sing in a band called Coriander.

I got my start in music playing trumpet in fifth grade and learned guitar later on.

I started playing music in church and that’s how I started playing music in front of people, gaining comfort there.

Jeff Tweedy from Wilco… Wilco is my favorite band so I have to resist the urge to copy them all the time. A guy named Dustin Kensrue who’s in a band called Thrice.

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