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 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:

Saturday, September 13:

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… this Saturday night at 7:00.  

Saturday, September 6:

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, August 30

New Settlers' Radio Hour features Groovelily – an award-winning trio fusing acoustic, pop, classical and jazz – recorded at the Old Settlers Inn. Groovelily’s sound also comes from their blended vocals and instrumentation – a six-string electric violin, keyboards and percussion. 

Saturday, August 23:

It's guitarist and singer/songwriter Tommy Emmanuel at his best - before a live audience.  We recorded him at Wichita’s Orpheum theater.  The Australian-born showman first played in this area at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield several years ago. In two days, he went from "unknown" to the most popular performer at the festival.  Lots of fun, lots of talent. 

Saturday, August 16:

Listen to a performance by Peter Mulvey at the Old Settlers Inn. Peter Mulvey is best known for his dark songwriting and his intense percussive guitar style. You may have heard him on public radio before – he's been interviewed before on various program and his music shows up as well.  As usual, live is best.  Don't miss it – he's so, so good. 

Web extra: Here's Peter in concert…