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

Press Image / producer - Paul Ingles

Airs Friday, June 17, at 10 p.m. Radio Producer Paul Ingles mines his many documentaries on Beatles albums for a few stories that show off producer George Martin’s contributions to Beatles records. The legendary record producer died March 8, 2016, at the age of 90.

Songs include, "In My Life," "Rain," "I'm Only Sleeping," "Eleanor Rigby," "Yellow Submarine," "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Penny Lane," "She's Leaving Home," "Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite," "Within You Without You," "Golden Slumbers," "Carry That Weight," "The End".

Ten For David

Jun 17, 2016
Press Image / Paul Ingles - producer

Airs Friday, June 17, at 9 p.m. Paul Ingles and NPR Music's Ann Powers host a survey of the music of British musician David Bowie, who died January 10, 2016 of cancer at 69.

Track Listing

Under Pressure (excerpt)
Lazarus
Moonage Daydream
Let’s Dance
Day-In, Day Out
Speed of Life (excerpt)
Heroes
Starman
Rebel Rebel
Ashes to Ashes (excerpt)
The Jean Genie
Knock on Wood
Win
Suffragette City
Golden Years (excerpt)

Scott Crain / Used by permission

Airs Friday, June 10, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we take a page from Randall Bramblett, Tim Easton, Paul Lee Kupfer & Ian Thomas Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, plus blues by AJ & Two Tone Blues Band, Jazzianna, and Dr. John. Then in our concert hour we travel back to India Nights 2013 for a concert featuring Rajeev Taranath and Chitravina N. Ravikiran and in our final hour we’ll walk Along the High Ridges.

Red River Radio local newscast highlights for Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at 8 a.m. 

Press Image / Twang Darkly

Airs Thursday, June 2, at 8 p.m. Twang Darkly returns to Red River Radio for a live performance of their unique blend of original instrumental music that has been described as "Interplanetary Mountain Music." Twang Darkly features Michael Futreal on Appalachian dulcimer, banjo, gourdtar, guitar, harmonica, flute, and suchlike; Lane Bayliss on drums; and Joel Boultinghouse on the big ol' string bass and electric guitars.

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