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.

Ways To Connect

Saturday, July 11

This week on New Settlers' Radio Hour we hear from R&B favorite Kelley Hunt and her band from their performance at the Old Settlers Inn.  Kelley was born and raised in Kansas and continues to live in Lawrence though she spends a lot of her time touring the U.S. and the world.  Kelley's distinctive "boogie woogie" piano style can be traced to her beloved early piano teacher and subject of her song "Queen of the 88s", Mary Burke Norton.

Check out a live performance of "Queen of the 88s" below:

Saturday, July 4 

New Settlers' Radio Hour features Zoo Tunes this week. We'll hear a compilation of performances from the Sedgwick County Zoo Summer Concert Series.  This show includes bayou-blues queen Marcia Ball, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, A Roomful of Blues and more.  Great shows, great crowds – check it out!

Saturday, June 27

Listen for music from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's performance at the Cotillion in Wichita.  The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have been performing their brand of country-rock since the 60's with a brief bit of fame in the 80's. Their best-known tunes are probably "Mr. Bojangles"--see a live performance above--and "American Dream." Amazing musicianship, tight harmonies and so much fun!

Saturday, June 20

It’s another Best of the Best feature with the eclectic, talented and completely charming alt-bluegrass group Still on the Hill.   Their performance at the Old Settlers Inn shows off the duo's ability to blend styles into a fresh and original sound.

Saturday, June 6

This week on New Settlers' Radio Hour, it's Buddy Mondlock - a gentle voice, a gentle soul, an amazing and dynamic songwriter and performer. Buddy has written songs recorded by Garth Brooks, Art Garfunkle and Peter, Paul and Mary - so many others - but there¹s nothing like hearing the songwriter perform his own works. We recorded him at the Old Settlers Inn.

Saturday, May 30

Greg Brown has recorded more than two dozen albums, is the founder of Red House Records and has received several folkie-and-indie type awards. His tunes have been covered by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin and countless others. Like most singer-songwriters, he’s best when playing live in a small setting. Tune in to New Settlers' Radio Hour and hear one of his best performances.

Saturday, May 23

New Settlers' Radio Hour features the wild, eclectic and multitalented Vance Gilbert performing at the Old Settlers Inn tonight. Vance is a wonderful singer-songwriter and storyteller and he can bring tears to the toughest audience veteran…but he's also so very funny. 

Saturday, May 16

This week New Settlers features one of the Old Settlers Inn’s first – and favorite performers.  Singer-songwriter Brooks Williams combines rock, blues, and American roots music. We recorded him at The Old Settlers Inn.

Web Special: Here is Brooks Williams playing his version of the Dave Alvin classic, "King of California." 

Friday is National Bike to Work Day! There will be several spots in Wichita where you can grab a free breakfast or lunch by bicycle. Find that information here.

But, if you’re kind of new to biking for transportation, here are a few quick tips for riding in Wichita:

A Dynamic Duo

May 7, 2015

Saturday, May 9

Celeste Krenz and Sally Barris, recorded at the Old Settlers Inn. Two singer/songwriters who shared the concert and the spotlight. This dynamic duo showcases a classic Americana and country sound.