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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6:00pm

Sun August 17, 2014
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

Intelligence Squared US: Millennials Don't Stand A Chance

Airs Sunday, August 17 at 6 p.m.  C—growing up with revolutionary technology and entering adulthood in a time of recession—have recently been much maligned. Are their critics right? Is this generation uniquely coddled, narcissistic, and lazy? Or have we let conventional wisdom blind us to their openness to change and innovation, and optimism in the face of uncertainty, which, in any generation, are qualities to be admired?

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9:00pm

Fri August 1, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: Don Conoscenti at Eddies Attic

Don Conoscenti

Air Friday, August 1 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll open with two by Maggie Koerner and we'll hear from First aid Kit, Red Bird, Eric Underwood, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ali Farke Toure, Ry Cooder, Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Charlie Musselwhite, J. Edwards, and AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band. Then in our concert hour we go to Decatur, GA for a concert featuring Don Conoscenti live at Eddie's Attic and in our final hour we go from Bad Nights to Better Days with tunes by Cat Power, Jeffrey Foucault, Robert Deeble, the Hold Steady, Belle & Sebastian, and Joe Walsh.

9:00pm

Fri July 25, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: The Brazil Connection

Airs Friday, July 25 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we feature new tracks from David Gray, Yellow Red Sparks, Doug Gillard, Dot Hacker, and Sweet Honey in the Rock plus some guitar driven blues from Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters, and Tito and the Tarantula. In our second hour we travel South of the Border for a look at the Brazil Connection and this week in our final hour you'll find us at The Meeting Pool.

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9:00pm

Fri July 18, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: Pierce Pettis

Piece Pettis

Airs Friday, July 18 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we feature a couple of cool film songs from the movie "A Love song For Bobby Long" and we'll catch some Angels Falling with Neil Young. Twang Darkly will take us delving and we'll follow The Neville Brothers down a long dark road and Warren Wilken will bring us on home. In our second hour we'll have a concert by Pierce Pettis recording at the Second Street Bakery and tonight in our final hour we'll visit with "A Natural Man."

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8:00pm

Thu July 17, 2014
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Mariza Live

Airs Thursday, July 17 at 8 p.m. Afro-Portuguese fado sensation Mariza put on what many are calling the "concert of the year" at the Savannah Music Festival. Tune in for a program featuring her Georgia debut. Fado, which translated means "destiny" or "fate," is a musical genre that can be traced from the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins. In popular belief, fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics. The music is usually linked to the Portuguese word "saudade," which has no match in English but could be understood as nostalgia felt while missing someone. The origins of fado are a mixture of African slave rhythms, the traditions of Portuguese sailors, and the influence of Arabic music. Join us for a captivating performance given by Mariza, the genre's biggest star, at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts during the Savannah Music Festival.

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