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 Program Director, 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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Music
6:37 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Art of New Standard Tuning on New Settlers

Saturday, Feb. 15: Listen for music from the California Guitar Trio performance at the Orpheum in Wichita. The three guitarists met in a Guitar Craft course focusing on the New Standard Tuning, which they still use today. If you’re wondering what the New Standard Tuning is and why it matters, just listen to them play. Amazing.

Some examples:

Bohemian Rhapsody. Whoa.

Music
1:36 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Celebrate Valentine's Day Early With New Settlers

Everyone loves a love song, right? But no one more than singer/songwriters, who write about love in any conceivable form. This Saturday, New Settlers celebrates Valentine’s Day, with 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.

Some examples:

Here is Cheryl Wheeler. I love so many of her tunes but this early love song is a favorite.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Wichita Mosaic: Wakeelah Martinez

Wakeelah standing next to a her painting of African Mother Queens.
Hugo Phan

Wichita is a city with people from many cultures and backgrounds. A jigsaw puzzle made up of colorful and interlocking pieces. But how much do we really know about the people that live here?

Hear Wakeelah talk about her life, her travels and her path back to Wichita:


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Music
3:03 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Paul Thorn Featured On This Week's New Settlers

Singer, songwriter and storyteller Paul Thorn, recorded at Old Settlers Inn in Moundridge. Blues, roots-rock with that hard-to-find element that says “southern.” Paul is gritty and graceful and a consummate storyteller.

Music
1:05 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Chuck Pyle Featured On This Week's New Settlers

We get to hear one of the Best of the Best (and definitely one of my favorites). It’s a concert and/or performer who was a particular audience favorite. This show features Chuck Pyle, the “Zen Cowboy of Colorado” performing at the Old Settlers Inn. Chuck is a consummate storyteller. At times, you could hear the proverbial pin drop, at others, the crowd was laughing or cheering. Chuck blends his dry humor and performance skills with truly wonderful contemporary folk tunes. Too much fun to miss – this Saturday on New Settlers.

This is my favorite of all of Chuck's wonderful tunes:

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Music
10:12 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Kansas Native Kelley Hunt And Her Band Will Be Featured On This Week's New Settlers

This week we feature 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").

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Music
10:01 am
Mon December 30, 2013

New Settlers Radio Hour: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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 when they shortened their name to "The Dirt Band." Their best known tune probably is Mr. Bojangles, although some may argue that "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and "American Dream" are equally worthy of notice. Like most acoustic "bluegrassy" bands, they have great musicianship, tight harmonies and are a lot of fun to watch. You'll see. This Saturday evening at 7:00.

Music
8:47 am
Mon December 23, 2013

New Settlers Radio Hour: Zoo Tunes

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!

A sample of Roomful of Blues:

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Music
8:50 am
Mon December 16, 2013

New Settlers Radio Hour: Christmas Special

Christmas Special
This week it’s a collection of holiday tunes that we’ve gathered over the past 18 years. Audience favorites like Cheryl Wheeler, John McCutcheon, Pierce Pettis, Tom Prasada-Rao, Tom
Kimmel and others will sing songs about family, traveling home, winter, love – and there are a few holiday classics as well with the audience providing harmony.

Here’s a tune that’s become a classic already – “Christmas in the Trenches” by John McCutcheon.

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Music
11:32 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Hear Greg Brown On This Week's New Settlers Radio Hour

Fun, poetic, gritty, and wonderful - it's the amazing Greg Brown recorded at the Old Settlers Inn.

A good example of Greg working the crowd:

And here's one of my favorites.  It's produced, not live, but still pretty good!

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