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. 

 

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Airs Tuesday, December 27, at 8 p.m. The Kabbalah of Chanukah: An Inspirational Program for the Festival of Lights A jazz-virtuoso cantor and a kabbalistic psychotherapist bring their respective talents together, to provide new inspiration for Chanukah! Weaving a tapestry of tales and teachings from the Kabbalah together with sacred music from around the world, this dynamic duo reveals some of the hidden treasures of this ancient spiritual tradition.

Airs Friday, May 27, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll venture high into the Cry of The Snow Lion in Search of the elusive Mercy with music from Three Dog Night, Brian Bowers, Grey De Lisle, Mary Gauthier, Maggie Koerner, and Natalie Merchant. Then in our second hour we travel again to Boseman Montana for Fred Eaglesmith, Live from the Divide, and in our final hour we join the Eternal Caravan in search of the Song of the Wind.

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Airs Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett speaks with Chris Allen, a double bass artists with the Shreveport summer Music Festival, about their fifth annual Louisiana Jazz Camp which will take place the weeks of June 19 through the 24th.  Final Registration ends Saturday, June 10. You can learn more by going to Shreveport Summer Music Festival DOT Com or call 318-626-7996. That's 318-626-7996

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Airs Friday, May 19, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the caravan we start on a trail of Cold Blooded Love and end up on the whipping post with tracks from The Trishas, Townes Van Zandt, Birds of Chicago, Steve Earl, Masayoshi Fujita, HEM, the Banditos, and the Allman Brothers. In our second our we join Darrell Scott Live on stage at Merlfest and in our final hour we find a respite, "Up Above the Clouds," with cuts by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Andrew Vasquez, Danny Schmidt, William Ackerman, Natalie Merchant, L. Subramanian, and Turin Brakes.

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