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 March 7, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: Pierce Pettis

Pierce Pettis

Airs Friday, March 7 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we feature a couple of cool 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."

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8:00pm

Mon March 3, 2014
New Orleans Jazz Festival

New Orleans Jazz Festival: Vocal Jazz

John Boutte - Jazz Fest 2013
Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

Airs Monday, March 3 at 8 p.m.  Join us this week for the first program from the New Orleans Jazz Festival showcasing highlights from the 2013 festival. Tonight John Boutte treats us to some vocal jazz.

11:00am

Sun March 2, 2014
Lake Naconiche Pavilion Project

Red River Radio Spotlight: Lake Naconiche Pavilion Project

This rendering of a park pavilion on Lake Naconiche will be built by the Timber Framers Guild during a nine-day workshop in March.
Timber Framers Guild

Bill Beckett talks with Tim Chauvin, President of Red Suspenders Timber Frames and the coordinator for the Timber Framers' Guild Project, to talk about the Lake Naconiche Pavilion Project which will take place from March 20-28 on Lake Naconiche in East Texas. For information about this project and how you can get involved go to the Guild's Web Site at www.tfguild.org or call 855-598-1803.

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11:38am

Fri February 28, 2014
The Miracle Worker

Red River Radio Spotlight: The Miracle Worker at Angelina Arts Alliance

Tuesday, March 4 at the Angelina Arts Alliance
Montana Repertory Theatre

Aired Friday, February 28 at 11 a.m.  Bill Beckett talks with Tracy Pinkerton, the Executive Director of the Angelina Arts Alliance, about The Miracle Worker, a true life story performed here by the Montana Repertory Theatre. The Miracle Worker will be presented on Tuesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Angelina Arts Alliance in Lufkin.  For more information you can visit Angelina Arts Alliance or call at 936 – 633 – 5454.  

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8:00pm

Mon February 24, 2014
Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall: Before the Court

Airs Monday, February 24 at 6 pm. In 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first African American appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. But Marshall had already earned a place in history, as the leader of an extraordinary legal campaign against racial segregation in America.      Thurgood Marshall is best known as the first African American appointed to United States Supreme Court and as the lead attorney in the landmark school desegregation case, Brown v. Board of Education. Just as remarkable, Marshall was an instrumental figure in striking down the legal framework of segregation and establishing the foundation for modern civil rights law. In the 1940s and '50s, Marshall was one of the most recognized black leaders in the country. He was often called "Mr. Civil Rights." This comprehensive documentary project highlights contributions made by Marshall and key legal partners, and by the courageous African Americans across the South who risked their jobs and safety to press their grievances in local courts.

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