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

The Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival / The Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival

Aired Wednesday, July 13, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Shane Rasmussen, the Director for the Louisiana Folklife Center and an Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern State University about the 37th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival, which takes place Friday & Saturday, July 15 & 16, in the Praether Coliseum on the Campus of Northwestern State University.

Press Image / Paul Ingles - producer

Airs Friday, July 15, at 10 p.m. Paul Ingles is joined by music writers Holly George-Warren and Richie Unterberger to further consider the expansive musical legacy of David Bowie. Bowie died January 10, 2016 at the age of 69.

Song list:

Changes
All The Young Dudes
Diamond Dogs
Kooks
Dancing in the Streets (excerpt)
Space Oddity
Ashes to Ashes
China Girl
Fame
Young Americans
Life on Mars

Produced by Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil / Please Kill Me

Airs Friday, July 15, at 9 p.m.

Craig T. Mathew / LA Opera

Airs Saturday, July 16, at 12 noon. This week we return once again to the LA Opera on the Air for a series of five performances opening up their season with a double bill featuring Puccini's Gianni Schicchi & Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. In the Puccini we'll hear Plácido Domingo as Gianni Schicchi and Arturo Chacon Cruz as Rinuccio, with Andriana Chuchman as Lauretta, Meredith Arwady as Zita, Greg Fedderly in the role of Gherardo, and Stacey Tappan as Nella.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=92449058
Gene Martin / NPR Music

Airs Friday, July 8, at 9 p.m. This week we'll hear tracks from Ben Folds Five, Terra Naomi, and Cloud Control plus tunes from Allison Crowe, Nick Brumley and Buddy Flett. In our second hour, 2we join renowned Jazz Artist McCoy Tyner - Live on Stage at Disney hall, and this week in oir final hour, It's All Water Under The Bridge, with tracks from Dan Bern, Gemma Hayes, Jack Johnson, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, and Bruce Springsteen.

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