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

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Airs, Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. Harmonia celebrates some of the remarkable women in music from the Baroque, including works by Barbara Strozzi, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, and Isabella Leonarda. Hosted by Angela Mariani.

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Airs Friday, March 17, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week we open with a blues inspired album and a center piece remembrance of Jerry Beach featuring some Buddy Flett, Albert King, Government Mule, the Alman Brothers, and of course Jerry Beach. Then in our concert hour we visit with BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet - Live at Southwest Stages and this week in our final hour we'll lament the absence of angels. Join me Friday night at 9 for the Caravan on Red River Radio.

Caravan: Pierce Pettis

Mar 10, 2017
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Airs Friday, March 10, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we feature a couple of cool film songs from the movie "A Love song For Bobby Long" and we'll catch some Angels Falling with Neil Young. Twang Darkly will take us delving and we'll follow The Neville Brothers down a long dark road and Warren Wilken will bring us on home. In our second hour we'll have a concert by Pierce Pettis recording at the Second Street Bakery, and tonight in our final hour we'll visit with "A Natural Man."

  Airs Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Meghan Hochstetler, executive director of the Robinson Film Center, along with co-Producer Ewan McNicol, and Wayne Smith who is a central figure in the documentary “Uncertain,” filmed in Uncertain, Texas on Caddo Lake. Uncertain Opens on Wednesday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m. followed by a Q&A with guest speaker Wayne Smith. Additional screenings begin March 10. For Ticket information visit The Robinson Film Center online or call 318-459-4122.

Airs Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Suzanne Morris, author of Aftermath, which is now in its second printing from Stephen F. Austin State University Press. Aftermath is a fiction novel based set around the tragic true tale of a natural gas explosion at the London School in 1937 New London, Texas. For more information about Suzanne and Aftermath you can visit her web site at Suzanne Page Morris.

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