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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9:00pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Caravan

Caravan: Smithfield Fair Live in the RRR Studios

Smithfield Fair Live in the RRR Studios

Friday, May 22, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we’ll hear from the Secret Sisters, John Trudell, Robert Deeble, and Alex De Grassi with blues from Billy Holiday, James Cotton, Joe Pug, and Charles Brown. For our concert hour we invited Smithfield Fair to join us in our studio for some live music and conversation and during our final hour we’ll find that “This Too Shall Pass” with music by Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, Danny Schmidt, Lou Reed & John Cale, Diane Ward, Jack Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, and Government Mule.

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6:00pm

Tue May 19, 2015
Bird Calls

Bird Calls with Cliff Shackelford

Airs Tuesday, May 19, at 6 p.m. Once again Ornithologist Cliff Shackelford, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will take 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 this 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 Tuesday, March 17, at 6 p.m. for Bird Calls and call in a 800-552-8502 with your questions.

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10:00pm

Fri May 15, 2015
Caravan

Caravan: An Evening With Guy Clark

Airs Friday, May 15 at 10 p.m.  This week we air a shortened version of the Caravan following our Live Broadcast from Cuba by the Minnesota Orchestra. We'll open with an Evening With Guy Clark, and then we'll seek the Seeds of Divinity, with music by Trout Fishing In America, Cynthia g. Mason, Bill Miller, The Cowboy Junkies, Calexico, John Trudell, and more.

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12:00pm

Sun May 10, 2015
Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Below are past seasons from the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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9:00pm

Fri May 8, 2015
Caravan

Caravan: Birds Of Chicago

Airs Friday, May 8, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we open with cuts from Justin Townes Earle, Three Penny Acre, Phosphorescent, Scott Biram, Twang Darkly, Danny Schmidt, Otis Taylor, and Steve Earl. Then in our Concert Hour, Birds of Chicago take the stage Live from the Divide, and in our final hour, When It Don't Come Easy, look for the Light Behind You.

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