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, 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. 

Saturday, April 4

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. Wonderful songwriter and storyteller with that “lonesome” sound.

Web Special: Here’s one of my Slaid Cleaves favorites "Breakfast in Hell." It’s a studio version (you all know I like live performances better) but it’s gorgeous.  

Saturday, March 21

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. They’re favorites at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield but we recorded them in a much more intimate setting - St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in McPherson.

Saturday March 7

Tonight, New Settlers features Groovelily – an award-winning trio that is, in their words, hard to describe. They fuse acoustic, pop, classical, jazz, great vocal blends, and some hotshot solos. They're good. Very good.  We recorded them at the Old Settlers' Inn. 

Web Special: Here is a video collage of what you can expect.