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 6

It's another from the Best of the Best series: Zoe Lewis and her Rubber Band performing at the Old Settlers Inn. Zoe plays everything! From traditional folk tunes, ballads, world beat and vaudeville.  Zoe even sings a song about pie – does it get any better?

Check out "Snow White" here:

And watch "When Dog Meets Wolf" below:

Saturday, January 30

This week New Settlers' Radio Hour hears from Paul Thorn at the Old Settlers Inn. It was a great concert with blues and roots-rock with that hard-to-fine element that says “southern.”  Paul is gritty and graceful and a consummate storyteller.

Listen below for Paul's performance of "I Guess I'll Just Stay Married":

Saturday, January 23

This week we get to hear one of the Best of the Best – a concert that was a particular audience favorite. It’s Chuck Pyle, the “Zen Cowboy of Colorado” performing at the Old Settlers Inn.  Chuck is a consummate storyteller and contemporary folk artist.  At times, you could hear the proverbial pin drop, at others, the crowd was laughing or cheering.  Too much fun to miss – this Saturday on New Settlers.

Here are a couple of favorite tunes:

Zoo Tunes

Jan 13, 2016

Saturday, January 16

This week, it's 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!

Here are some examples from A Roomful of Blues...

...Big Bad Voodoo Daddy...

Saturday, January 9

Tune in to New Settlers' Radio Hour this week 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.”

Here's a performance of "Mr. Bojangles":

Saturday, December 19

It’s another Best of the Best with the eclectic, talented and completely charming alt-bluegrass group Still on the Hill. Their performance at the Old Settlers Inn shows off their blend of styles into a fresh and original sound.

See them in a live performance of "These Two Arms"...

...and in the music video for "Seven Pies".

Saturday, November 28

This week on New Settlers' Radio Hour it’s Buddy Mondlock performing at the Old Settlers Inn. Buddy has written songs recorded by Garth Brooks, Art Garfunkle, Peter, Paul & Mary and many others. But, there’s nothing like hearing the songwriter perform his own works.  

Here are my two favorite Buddy Mondlock tunes. Love them so much.  

"Cats of the Colosseum" - Sweet and sad.

Saturday, November 21

Two songwriters, based in Nashville who toured together briefly in 2008 – Celeste Krenz and Sally Barris from their concert at The Old Settlers Inn.

Here’s Celeste – from this very concert – singing “I Think About You.”  So very beautiful…

And here’s Sally Barris – different venue, same wonderful performance.

Saturday, November 14

Wild, eclectic and multi-talented, Vance Gilbert is a quintessential singer-songwriter and storyteller. We recorded him at the Old Settlers Inn.   

Listen to some samples below including "My Bad"...

...and "Welcome To Love Town".

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:

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