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 Friday, January 28 at 11 p.m. When she was 18 years old, Rosanne Cash was given a list of "100 Essential Country Songs" by her father Johnny. For her latest album she picked a baker's dozen of them and recorded "The List," re-interpreting these classics in her own inimitable way.

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Airs Friday, July 29, at 10 p.m. Joyride Media’s newest Bob Dylan special features his “Basement Tapes” recordings with The Band, mostly recorded in Woodstock, NY 1967. Hear the inside stories of how these recordings were made, and how they became legendary. More details and samples posted soon. For now, preview this full alternate take of “Odds and Ends.”

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Airs Friday, July 29, at 9 p.m. Townes van Zandt was a singer-songwriter born to wealth who cared nothing for it; a man who, by outward appearances often seemed happy, but who struggled with personal demons. Yet somehow, through it all, Townes managed to write songs of lasting beauty and profound emotional power. It is a story of tragedy and artistic triumph.

Airs Monday, July 25, at 1 p.m. On this week's concert from the Cleveland Orchestra, maestro Giancarlo Guerrero will lead the orchestra in a program from Knight Concert Hall in Miami which opens with the World Premiere of "Siklon,' music by Dorman. The concert then features Sir Edward Elgar's “Enigma” Variations and Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D Major, the Titan.

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