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, February 7

Saturday, January 31

It's another from the Best of the Best series: Zoe Lewis and her Rubber Band performing at the Old Settlers' Inn. Zoe is an English folk musician from Brighton who now lives in Massachusetts. She plays everything from traditional folk tunes to ballads, world beat, and vaudeville. Plus she sings a song about pie – does it get any better?

Saturday, January 10:

Listen for a recording of 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 (the subject of "Queen of the 88s").

Saturday, December 13:

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 60s with a brief bit of fame in the 80s. Their best-known tunes are probably "Mr. Bojangles" and "American Dream." Amazing musicianship, tight harmonies and so much fun!

Saturday, December 6:

It's another Best of the Best tonight on New Settlers' Radio Hour. We'll hear from the eclectic, talented and completely charming alt-bluegrass group Still on the Hill and their performance at the Old Settlers Inn. Fresh, funky, fun!

Web extra: Here's Still on the Hill performing "Otis and Ocie."

 Saturday, November 29:

This week on New Settlers, we revisit the wild, eclectic and multi-talented Vance Gilbert from his show at the Old Settlers Inn. Vance is a wonderful singer-songwriter and storyteller and he can bring tears to the toughest audience veteran…but he's also funny. Really. 

Saturday, October 11:

Tune in for Celeste Krenz and Sally Barris recorded at the Old Settlers Inn of Moundridge, KS. Celeste Krenz represents a blend of contemporary singer-songwriter and Americana. Sally Barris works as a performer and a songwriter – and many of her songs have been covered by country artists, including Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride. The two women shared a concert at the Old Settlers Inn and provided backup vocals for each others' tunes. 

Saturday, October 4:

On this episode of New Settlers' Radio Hour, we'll hear a recorded performance from Irish singer Aoife Clancy. She started her career at the age of 14, playing with her father’s band in local pubs. Later, she was a member of the Celtic group Cherish the Ladies and has been on her own for more than a decade.  An amazing voice, a great concert! 

Here’s an example of Aoife in concert:

Saturday, September 27

Tonight on New Settlers' Radio Hour, we'll hear from Easily Amused – Canadian singer/songwriters with an alt-rock edge. Easily Amused was formed by Keith MacPherson and Renee Lamoureux (who now go by “Keith and Renee”.)  The duo was recorded at Linesight Gallery in Wichita.  They are fresh, friendly, hip and oh-so-talented.

Saturday, September 20

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

Here’s an example:

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