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

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.

Press Image / The Be Good Tanyas

Airs Friday, January 20, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll visit with December Wind, Magda Hiller, Rose Polenzani, Gypsy Soul, Annie Gallup, La Musgana, Anemos, Annie Wenz, Mary Jane Lamond, and Tim O'Brien. This week in our concert hour we'll visit with the Be Good Tanyas at the Thirsty Ear Festival of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and this week in our final hour we float down The Great Sad River.

Press Image / Aaron O'Rourke

Airs Friday, January 13, 2017, at 9:00 pm. This week on the Caravan we have a mellow show with music by the Sons of the Never Wrong, Garrison Doles, Yael Meyer, The Lackadaisies, and Ollabelle plus some blues by, Scott Ainslie, Buddy Flett with AJ Casio, Keb Mo, and AJ & The Two Tone Blues band. For our live set ... Mountain Dulcimer meets Mandolin and bass in a lively concert featuring the Aaron O'Rourke Trio, and for our final hour we'll wander a bit Out West Somewhere.

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Aired Friday, January 13, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Conductor is John Caputo, who is also director of the Austin TX Brass Band along with Craig Pratt, music minister at Kings Highway Christian Church, about a Brass Band concert that will take place this Sunday, January 15, at 3 pm, at Kings Highway Christian Church. For more information you can call 318-676-8958.

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