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, November 7  

Listen for The Wiyos at the Old Settlers Inn. The Wiyos are described as a modern band reminiscent of Tin Pan Alley and Spike Jones. They're also described as fabulously skilled and inspired kooks. Mostly they're described as fun – so much fun.  Enjoy vintage tunes, original songs and lots of audience engagement.

Check some unusual examples for an unusual band below:

Saturday, October 31 

This week 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” and they are fresh, friendly, hip and oh-so-talented.

Here's an example:

Saturday, October 24

Enjoy a rare performance by The Sherpas - a contemporary folk group made up of three established singer-songwriters: Tom Kimmel, 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:

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. Slaid is a wonderful songwriter and storyteller with a “lonesome” sound.

Here’s one of my favorites.  It’s a studio version (it's no secret that I like live performances better) but it’s gorgeous.  Enjoy!

Saturday, October 3

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.

Take a look and listen below. 

Saturday, September 26

This week New Settlers 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, Cathie Ryan and her band and Grace Griffith.  Grab a pint and join the party.

A couple examples:

Saturday, September 19

Margo Hennebach, Adrienne Jones and Mark Saunders comprise the classical/folk/celt trifecta known as Mad Agnes. The Bloomfield, CT group hand delivered some harmonies to our friends at Old Settlers Inn.
Rich, complex and riddled with depth, hear Mad Agnes.

Saturday, September 12

New Settlers features GrooveLily – funky and fun and so, so talented.  The trio fuses acoustic, pop, classical and jazz.  We recorded them at the Old Settlers Inn.

GrooveLily admits they're hard to describe – here's a montage that will give you an idea!

This week, it's a new show from a couple of old friends.  Jennifer Kimball and Lucy Kaplansky shared a concert at the Old Settlers Inn.  We've combined their great performances into a new Best of the Best!

Here's a sweet tune from Jennifer…

And another sweet tune from Lucy…

Saturday, August 15

Everyone loves a love song, right?  But no one more than singer/songwriters, who write about love in any conceivable form. Listen for tunes from Anne Hills, Pierce Pettis, Cheryl Wheeler, Brooks Williams, Tom Prasada-Rao and others, recorded at the Old Settlers Inn and other venues in and around Wichita.

Here's an example or two.  

Cheryl Wheeler with one of my all-time favorites…  

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