Lu Anne Stephens

Director of Content; Director of Programming and Operations; Music Host

Lu Anne has held many positions at KMUW, including local Morning Edition host and reporter/editor. In addition to her current duties as Director of Content and Director of Programming and Operations, Lu Anne produces KMUW’s “New Settler’s Radio Hour”  and countless special productions. After studying Music Performance and Journalism at Pittsburg State University, Lu completed her degree at Wichita State University in 1995. She has won several awards for journalistic excellence since she has been at KMUW.

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Saturday, April 30

This week it's Celeste Krenz and Sally Barris – two singer/songwriters who split a bill but united the room at the Old Settlers Inn. Take a listen to these two spectacular vocalists and writers. 

Here's "Let the Wind Chase You" performed by Sally Barris:

Celeste Krenz performs "I Hold On" here:

Saturday, April 23

This week on New Settlers' Radio Hour it's Easily Amused – Canadian singer/songwriters with an alt-rock edge. We recorded them early in their career - they now go by “Keith and Renee," perform with a backup band and have a distinctly country sound. Enjoy a look back at their early years – young, hip and fun.

Listen to a performance from several years ago here:

Saturday, April 16

Enjoy a rare performance by The Sherpas recorded at the Old Settlers Inn.  The Sherpas are a contemporary folk group made up of three excellent singer-songwriters: Tom Kimmel, Tom Prasada-Rao and Michael Lille.  Great songwriting, great harmonies, great taunts – listen this Saturday and you’ll see what I mean.

Here’s an example:

Saturday, April 9

On this week's New Settlers' Radio Hour listen for folk and Americana musician Slaid Cleaves who is a great example of the Austin, TX style.  We recorded him at the Old Settlers Inn. He is a wonderful songwriter and storyteller with that “lonesome” sound.

Here’s one of my favorites from Cleaves. It's a studio version -- you all know I like live performances better -- but it’s gorgeous.  Enjoy!

Saturday, April 2

This week we look back to one of the first shows recorded for New Settlers. Dan Crary and Beppe Gambetta, flatpickers-extraordinaire, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass and acoustic music.  Dan and Beppe have well-established solo careers but when they perform together, it’s wonderful. We recorded them in St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in McPherson.

Here's one of my favorites:

Saturday, March 26

This week New Settlers' Radio Hour features Groovelily – an award-winning trio that defies categorization. The band blends acoustic, pop, classical and jazz. They're energetic and fun with tight harmonies and amazing musicianship. We recorded them at the Old Settlers Inn. 

Groovelily knows they're hard to define and created this video montage – check it out!

Saturday, March 19 

This week on New Settlers' Radio Hour we hear from Jennifer Kimball and Lucy Kaplansky who shared a concert at the Old Settler’s Inn.

Here's a studio version of Jennifer Kimball with one of my favorite tunes: 

…and here's Lucy in concert:

Saturday, March 12

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, so this week  New Settlers' Radio Hour celebrates all things Irish with jigs, reels and ballads.  Through the years, several Celtic groups have performed in the area and we’ll sample from some of the best – including Cherish the Ladies, Cathy Ryan and her band, and Grace Griffith. Grab a pint and join the party!

Saturday, March 5

This week it's Peter Mulvey at the Old Settlers Inn.  The American singer-songwriter is best known for his dark, sultry, wry lyrics that weave themselves into his percussive guitar work, a style he perfected while traveling in Dublin. Tune in to hear more from Mulvey on New Settlers Radio Hour.

Check out "Just Before the War"

Saturday, February 27

It's guitarist and singer/songwriter Tommy Emmanuel at his best - before a live audience.  We recorded him at Wichita’s Orpheum theater. 

 

Here's a crowd favorite:

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