Bill Beckett

Program Director

Bill became Program Director for Red River Radio in January 2010. He is an honors graduate from Bowling Green State University in Ohio where he was also inducted into the Golden Key National Honor Society. He began his professional career in 1985 as Traffic Manager and Recording Engineer for WGTE-FM in Toledo Ohio, where he later served as Operations Manager. While in Ohio he taught beginning and advanced multi-track recording studio techniques at his Alma Mater, Bowling Green State University. In 1990 Bill accepted the position as Program Director for WUFT-FM in Gainesville Florida, serving there for 19 years. He is a seasoned radio producer of both music and documentaries programs and has been honored with numerous awards over his career from the Ohio Educational Broadcasters, the Florida Associated Press, the National Association of Community Broadcasters, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Council on Contemporary Families, and The Radio and Television News Directors Association. In 2000 he was a co-recipient National Edward R. Murrow Award: Best Documentary for the program Apalachicola Doin’ Time, along with co-producer Donna Green-Townsend and student associate producers Daniel Beasley and Joshua Azriel. He was co-recipient of a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for the documentaries Ground Water Garrison  (2003) and The Long Road  (2007). 
     Bill has a passion for art, music, theatre, literature, and film. He also has a keen interest in history, the sciences, and politics and he brings this broad range of interests and knowledge to his role as Programmer and Producer. 


Ways to Connect

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Airs Friday, October 21. at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll start out moody and end up bluesy with tracks from the Rolling Stones, Warren Wilken, Buddy Flett, Daniel Lanois, The Amboy Dukes and a touch of the Allman Brothers as well. Then in our concert hour, blues man and Reverend Gary Davis protégé Roy Bookbinder takes the stage at the Fur Peace Ranch and this week in our final hour we look for secret poets.

Airs Thursday, October 20, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Shane Rasmussen, an Associate Professor of English and Director of the Louisiana Folk life Center at Northwestern University, joined by the guest of honor, Ed Huey to share with us some insights about “Talking the Blues: A Musical Informance with Ed Huey.”  This musical informance takes place Saturday, October 22, at 2pm in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum. This event is free and open to all.

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Airs Friday, October 14, at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we'll feature new music from One Mile An Hour and the Be Good Tanya's plus tracks from Myshkin's Ruby Warbler, Patty Griffin, Andrew Bird, Michael Hedges, Maggie Koerner along with Blues from Odetta and Liz Wright. Then, in our concert hour we'll hear Charles Bradley live at the Newport Folk Festival and in our final hour we'll duck and hide from the Vigilante Man. 

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Airs Thursday, October 13, at 8:00 p.m. Barbara Jarrell will join hosts Wally Derleth and Bill Beckett for a live show on Red River Radio. She will bring her own originals and songs she cover. She will perform on Guitar and Pianos. Sandra Odom will also join in with her unique blend of songs for a delightful and fun evening of music. Support live, local music on the radio.