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 Wednesday, August 10, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Nathan Wasson along with Anna Maria Sparke & Heather Hooper about August: Osage County, a Pulitzer Prize winning play by Tracy Letts, which will be presented by the Friends of the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse this Friday night at 7 p.m. in the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, with additional shows throughout this weekend and next Thursday through Sunday, August 18 - 21.

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Airs Friday, August 12, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we feature new tracks from David Gray, Yellow Red Sparks, Doug Gillard, Dot Hacker, and Sweet Honey in the Rock plus some guitar driven blues from Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters, and Tito and the Tarantula. In our second hour we travel South of the Border for a look at the Brazil Connection and this week in our final hour you'll find us at The Meeting Pool.

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Air Tuesday, August 2, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Blayne Weaver, who produced, directed, and stars in the new feature film noir called “Cut To The Chase.” The world premiere is this Friday night, at 7 p.m., in the Strand Theater of Shreveport. For ticket information contact the strand box office at http://www.thestrandtheatre.com/ or by phone at 318-226-8555.  That’s 318-226-8555

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Airs Friday, August 5, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature some familiar sounds to open with a couple of classic cuts by Jethro Tull, plus tracks from Hat Check Girl, Allison Crow, and Chris Belleaun, and we'll toss in some Aretha Frankin to boot. Then in our concert hour we travel to the Newport Folk Festival for a concert featuring Tift Merrit, and this week in our final hour we fly over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Rosanne Cash: The List

Jul 29, 2016
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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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