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, November 24, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll hear from Andra Day, Lyle Lovett, Andrew Vasquez, Eric Underwood & Eladia, Andrew Cronshaw and Steve Earle, plus blues by Jazzianna, Chris McCaa and Chris Allen, and a touch for the Dark from Guy Clark. In our 2nd hour, we visit with Pink Floyd, the Early Years and in our Final hour we'll tend to Candles in The Rain with tracks by Will Taylor & Barbara K., Lambchop, Turin Brakes, Holopaw, Nick Drake, Myshkin, M Ward, and the Hold Steady.

Thanksgiving with Cantus - Airs Wednesday, November 22, at 11 a.m.
Join Alison Young and premier men's vocal ensemble Cantus for a conversation about Thanksgiving music and food, and sitting down with those we love and to celebrate the blessings in our lives. Listeners will enjoy a variety of performances by Cantus, including "We Gather Together," "The 23rd Psalm," "Brothers, Sing On!" and "Wanting Memories."

Press Image / Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Airs Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 6 p.m. Once again ornithologist Cliff Shackelford, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will be on hand to take your questions about all our feathered friends on "Bird Calls" from Red River Radio. If you have a photo or the recorded sound of a bird that you'd like Cliff to research and identify for the show please send them to wbeckett@lsus.edu. We'll also post your photos and recorded sounds on our website after the show. Join us for Bird Calls and call in a 800-552-8502 with your questions.

Taken at the Sunday Sampler Concert series at the Dunnellon Historic Train Depot
Photo by Donna Green-Townsend

Airs Friday, November 10, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we open with a rockin' blues filled hour featuring the Memphis Rockabilly Band, the Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings, Son House, and Erin McKeown, along with Henry Gray, Arthur Adams & BB King, Deborah Coleman, and George "Harmonica" Smith. Then, in our concert hour, from Miami Florida, it's Amy Carol Web live at the Sunday Sampler Concert series, and in our final hour we visit The Plateaux of Mirror with tracks from The Wailin Jennys, Alice Coltrane, Phosphorescent, Violet, Brian Eno & Harold Budd, and Poi Dog Pondering.

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