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
12:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

A Musical Life: Billie Preston-Fredholm

Billie Preston-Fredholm is a singer/gutarist who performs under the moniker Pay-Day Motors and teaches voice and piano at Senseney Music in Wichita.
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Billie Preston-Fredholm has been playing guitar since she was seven. Taught by her older sister, she quickly became a devotee of folk music. Later, she became interested in choral music and before long the two merged in a style that she practices to this day. Since 2008 she has performed as one half of a duo with Robin Roberts. In 2010 the pair released a CD called Pay-Day Motors. Preston (the name under which she performs) teaches voice and piano at Senseney Music in Wichita and is also a cantor and choir member at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

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Commentary
8:14 am
Mon November 11, 2013

At Play: Of Politics And Fairy Tales

Southwestern College in Winfield, presents The Lion In Winter November 14-17. The 1966 play by James Goldman examines the personal and political conflicts of Henry II of England and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, during Christmas 1183. The play was adapted for screen in 1968 with a cast that included Peter O' Toole, Katharine Hepburn, and Anthony Hopkins in his film debut.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

A Musical Life: Steve Hatfield

Steve Hatfield is a freelance musician in the Wichita area.
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Steve Hatfield is a drummer/educator based in Wichita, Kan. He has shared the stage with artists such as Joe Williams, Martina McBride, Glenn Alexander, Bob Florence, and Jerry Hahn. He currently performs with The Bodo Ensemble, The Elemental Trio, Cabaret Oldtown, Music Theater of Wichita, and leads the aptly named Steve Hatfield's Band.

I’m Steve Hatfield. I’m a freelance musician in the Wichita area. I also teach at Wichita State [University] and I have my own private studio here in town.

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Commentary
7:15 am
Mon October 28, 2013

At Play: Hounds And Dolls

The Wichita State University School of Performing Arts presents Guys and Dolls November 7-10 at Wilner Auditorium. Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, this classic musical has been a favorite of audiences since it opened on Broadway in 1950. With an immortal score by Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling’s fast-paced book, this romantic comedy is considered the perfect musical comedy by many.

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Commentary
11:16 am
Fri October 18, 2013

A Musical Life: Phil Ross

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Phil Ross is a founding member of the instrumental duo Cricket Wand. A 10-year veteran of the Wichita music scene, he has performed in a variety of bands including Arms For Hands, the experimental noise project Leavenworth, and Low Oriole. He is also owner of 5nakefork Records, co-owner of both Spektrum Music and Straight Screen Printing. Ross counts Primus bassist Les Claypool as his main inspiration for picking up the instrument. Cricket Wand’s current release is called Mega Series Fantastic.

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Commentary
8:13 am
Mon October 14, 2013

At Play: Preachers, Zombies And Murderous Intent

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The Guild Hall Players present Macbeth, arguably Wiilliam Shakespeare's most terrifying tragedy, where a marriage, a conscience, and a king are buried in the darkest soil: the human heart.

Due to violence and sexual situations, this play is not recommended for children under thirteen.

The play will be performed at St. James Episcopal Church, Thursday, October 24 through Sunday, October 27. Performances from Thursday through Saturday begin at 8 p.m. Sunday’s show begins at 7.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

A Musical Life: Aaron Wirtz

Aaron Wirtz, whose stage name is Cutter J the Absurdist, performing what he calls "a living collage of music."
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Wichita-native Aaron Wirtz is an electronic music and video performance artist whose stage persona, Cutter J the Absurdist, combines the phases of his life into a living collage of music, technology and dance. By combining traditional American folk arts such as tap dancing and spoons playing with an ever-evolving approach to DJing, turntablism, and interactive video art, he seeks to explore the emotional vocabulary of digitally influenced consciousness. Aaron is married to singer Reby Wirtz, recently graduated from Wichita State with his MFA in creative writing, works full time as a social media manager, and contributes to F5, Wichita’s weekly alternative newspaper.

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Music
8:29 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Longtime Wichita Musician Explores His Lyrical Side With New Album

Shane Marler celebrates the release of Just A Fool Friday evening at The Artichoke.
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Shane Marler, who issues the album Just A Fool this week, has been an active musician for more than two decades now.

Although he’s written music before, it’s only within the last year that he began writing lyrics. He wasn’t sure how to start that process, he says, so he called his friend—and labelmate—Wichita singer-songwriter Nikki Moddelmog for help. He says the worked happened rather quickly.

“We got together and three hours later, we had three songs,” says Marler.

Before long, he had a better grasp on writing both music and lyrics.

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Commentary
3:49 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

At Play: Moliere and Menopause

The Wichita State University School of Performing Arts presents The Learned Ladies, October 10-12. Moliere’s comedy, which takes a look at academic pretention, focuses on the lives of a group of “learned ladies” and their insatiable obsession for learning and high-brow culture of the conceited kind. Mix in a love triangle, a weak-minded husband, and a grammatically incorrect housemaid and you have one of Moliere’s most-beloved comedy of manners. This production is directed by Dr. Bret Jones.

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Music
7:52 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Carrie Nation And The Speakeasy Spotlight Social Issues on 'Hatchetations'

Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy perform Thursday at The Brickyard to celebrate the release of their latest album.
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Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy’s 2010 self-titled debut featured mostly songs about fun and friendships, but when you listen closely to the band’s new record, Hatchetations, you see stark images of American life in the wake of the Great Recession.

Vocalist, guitarist and main songwriter Jarrod Starling says the music now has a narrower lyrical focus, which provides even more emphasis to the social commentary.

“It’s a much darker album," he says. "But I think it explores themes that are universal at least to Americans trying to make a living."

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