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 July 11, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: Emmylou Harris Live at the Newport Folk Festival

Emmylou Harris at Newport Folk Festival

Airs Friday, July 11 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we'll feature new music from One Mile An Hour and the Be Good Tanya's plus tracks from Myshkin, Patty Griffin, Andrew Bird, Michael Hedges, Maggie Koerner along with Blues from Odetta and Lizz Wright. Then, in our concert hour we'll join Emmylou Harris live at the Newport Folk Festival in in our final hour we'll wander Gently Off The Edge.

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8:00pm

Mon July 7, 2014
Newport Jazz Festival

Newport Jazz Festival: Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

Airs Monday, July 7 at 8 p.m. It's hard not to admire what Esperanza Spalding has achieved in the last four years. Soon after she graduated from Boston's Berklee College of Music, she was hired as a double bass instructor.

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9:00pm

Fri July 4, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: Buddy Flett & Josh Hyde Live

Josh Hyde (L) 7 Buddy Flett (R)
Reverend Charley Photography

Airs Friday, July 4 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we feature an Americana flavor with new tracks from 3 Penny Acre, the Honey Dewdrops, and Rick Adams; some classic tracks from the Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Neil Young. In our concert hour we'll hear from John Wakefield & John Jordan; and a full blues concert with Buddy Flett and Josh Hyde. Then on Be Quiet and Play The Music we'll close the show with all the Pretty Little Horses. Join us for the Caravan, Friday at 9 p.m. on Red River Radio.

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12:00pm

Tue July 1, 2014
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Alice in Wonderland at Stephen F. Austin State University

Aired Tuesday, July 1 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Laura Rikard, an assistant professor of theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University and director for this production of “Alice In Wonderland.” Also joining Bill is Anna Drake, a junior in theatre at SFA, who will take on the role of "The Queen Of Hearts" in this production. The Performances are part of the SummerStage Productions presented in the W.M. Turner Auditorium on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

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9:00pm

Fri June 27, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: The Trishas - Live at the Divide

The Trishas

Airs Friday, June 27 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we new tracks Willie Nelson, Patty Griffin, The Mercy Brothers, and Buddy Flett plus blues from Neal Pattman, Taj Mahal, Little Pink Anderson and Ray Bonneville. Then in our concert hour we'll hear some tight four part harmonies from The Trishas, recorded Live at the Divide and in our final hour we'll walk in The Black Cat's Footsteps with cuts by Ulla Pirttijarvi, Anouar Brahem, Richard & Linda Thompson, Bill Miller, Gemma Hayes and Beth Orton.

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