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, October 11, at 8 p.m. Co-op Mode will join us in the studio for a live jazz concert. Co-op Mode features Philip Bradbury as arranger and playing clarinet and sax; James Cameron on bass; Geraldine Walker on drums, and Matt Harris on grand piano. Tune in and enjoy and also help Red River Radio raise the money we need to continue for the next year. You can call in and pledge at 800-552-8502 or pledge on line now: DONATE NOW!

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Airs Tuesday, October 18, at 6 p.m. Once again Dr. Beverly Burden, an Associate Professor of Biology at LSUS and our resident entomologist, joined Bill Beckett to discuss our insect world, both friendly and fiendish. We'll talk about what's new in the insect world and we'll took forward to your calls and questions about "What's Bugging You" at 800-552-8502.

Press Image - Larry McClemons / Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen

Airs Friday, October 7, at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we have new music from Patty Griffin, LAKE, Boreal sons, Kan Wakan, Augustines, Steve Howell, Buddy Flett, and Anders Osborne plus music from Etta Baker and Travis. Then a concert by Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, two wanders from Vermont, and in the final hour we'll sigh "An American Prayer." join me Friday at 9 for the Caravan on Red River Radio.

Press Image / Reverend Charley's Patent Medicine Show

Airs Thursday, October 6, at 8 p.m. Join us for an up-tempo show featuring Reverend Charley's Patent Medicine Show with a unique blending of folk, bluegrass, and old tyme music that will start your feet shuffling. we also hope you'll help out and support Red River Radio during our  end of the year membership campaign so we can continue to bring you the widest variety of great shows week after week.

Press Image / Magnolia Mae

Airs Wednesday, October 5, at 8 p.m. Join us for a live concert featuring  Roots Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass with Magnolia Mae featuring John Falco Garcia on Guitar, Banjo and Vocals; Melissa Garcia on Vocals; Wes Hamilton on Fiddle and Vocals; and Brandon McComic on Bass. They will keep your feet tapping while helping Red River Radio raise revenue to keep the music coming. Call in during the show at 800-552-8502 or donate online here: DONATE NOW