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
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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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

At Play: 24 Hour Theatre People

Wichita Community Theatre presents Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee January 23-February 9. 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.

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Books
5:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

For Ruth Ozeki, Writing Is A Matter Of Time And Forgetting

Ruth Ozeki’s latest novel, A Tale For The Time Being, hit bookshelves last March.
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When Ruth Ozeki’s latest novel, A Tale For The Time Being hit bookshelves last March it had been a decade since her last work, 2003’s All Over Creation, was published. She’d undergone several transformations in that time—both of her parents passed away after long illnesses, she found herself enamored of Zen Buddhism and, eventually, she became an ordained priest in 2010.

Themes of time and communication are central to the novel’s plot, a book that began, she says, after her main character, a young girl named Nao, spoke directly to her.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

A Musical Life: Bill And Karlee Goffrier

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Few would have guessed that Bill and Karlee’s musical life would now be based in Wichita. Bill left Kansas for Boston in 1983, leaving behind his musical ambitions to focus on painting. Karlee grew up near the beach south of Boston, and when Bill found her basking on a stack of poems and a Radio Shack keyboard in 2010, he knew he had found a songwriter and partner. Showered with autoharps and ukuleles, she blossomed into the better half of the duo, which records and serves its songs, still warm, at bandcamp.com.

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Commentary
9:54 am
Mon January 6, 2014

At Play: Driving Miss Daisy Comes To The Forum

Driving Miss Daisy opens January 16 at the Forum Theatre in Wichita. Set in mid-century Atlanta the 1987 play tells the story of an elderly Jewish matron, Daisy, and her chauffeur, Hoke. At first Daisy is none too happy about being forced to rely on a black man. But Hoke gradually wins her over, and during the 25-year span of the play the two develop a deep-rooted affection.

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Music
11:19 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Best Music of 2013

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2013 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.

Join KMUW's music hosts throughout January on Global Village, Strange Currency, Night Train, Crossroads, Soulsations and Straight No Chaser for a month-long feature of the Best of 2013. See individual show pages for more information on upcoming shows and to listen to past shows through the streaming archive.

Best of 2013 lists:

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Music
11:18 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Best Books in Music of 2013 - Jedd's Picks

Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter--Alyn Shipton: The first biography of this beloved and of late overlooked American singer-songwriter who was a favorite of The Beatles and whose musical range ran from show tunes to hard-driving rock. Nilsson died in 1994, more than a decade after issuing his last recordings. This book and a recent boxed set highlighting his long relationship with the RCA label offer all the reason you’ll need to discover or rediscover his work nearly 20 years after his early death.

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Music
11:18 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Top 10: Best Music-Based Films of 2013

1.      Sound City

2.      A Band Called Death

3.      20 Feet From Stardom

4.      Muscle Shoals

5.      Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm

6.      Beware of Mr. Baker

7.      Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

8.      Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet

9.      I’m Now: The Story of Mudhoney

10.  The Punk Singer

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Music
11:11 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Strange Currency's Top 10: Best Local Music of 2013

1.      Hatchetations—Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy

2.      7 Cities—Moreland and Arbuckle

3.      Just a Fool -- Shane Marler

4.      Tronan Vs. The Spidernauts -- Spirit of the Stairs

5.      Coming Together For A Cure Vol. 2 -- Various Artists

6.      Scandal, Scandal , Scandal, Down In The Wheat Field -- Paper Airplanes

7.      Wax Wings -- The New Imperialism

8.      Dust Bowl Demos Pt. 3 -- Tom Page Trio

9.      Live 2012-2013 -- The Travel Guide

10.  Live at The Donut Whole 7.27.13 -- Japanese Game Show   

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