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

Aired Tuesday, April 12, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Wendell Glass, from River Cities Jubilee Chorus, about “Sing Out 2016!,” a vocal competition which is sponsored by the River Cities Jubilee Chorus and will take place Thursday Night, April 14, at 7 pm in the Strand Theater. For information visit the Strand Theatre online or call 318-226-8555.

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Aired Thursday, April 7, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Col. Larry Lang, commander and conductor of the The United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants along with Technical Sergeant Hannah Shirey, a member of the Singing Sergeants who spoke with me about their tour through the Red River Radio Listening area with stops in Texarkana, Ruston, Monroe, and Marshall. Full details go to their web site, usafband.af.mil or you can also visit events calendar.

Women in Jazz

Apr 8, 2016
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Airs Friday, April 8, at 10 p.m. This is a tribute to a few of the more influential women who were instrumental in the formation of early jazz. Lillian "Lil" Hardin Armstrong, Marian McPartland, Mary Lou Williams and Valaida Snow (Queen of the Trumpet) are the featured artists.

WFIU - Producers / Night Lights Classic Jazz

Airs Friday, April 8, at 9 p.m. If you're searching the pages and records of jazz history for early and important women instrumentalists, then stop and take note any time you come across the name of Mary Osborne.  She started out as a little girl playing violin and guitar on the radio in Depression-era Minot, North Dakota, listening to jazz broadcasts on the radio out of Chicago--then one night she went to a club and heard Charlie Christian play, and her path as a jazz guitarist was set.

Press Image - LeAnn Mueller / Hot Sardines

Aired Tuesday, April 5, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Tracy Pinkerton, Executive Director for the Angelina Arts Alliance, along with Evan ‘Bibs’ Palazzo, one of the founder of Hot Sardine, who will be at the Angelina Arts Alliance tonight at 7:30 p.m. For complete details visit them online at Angelina Arts Alliance or Call 936-633-5454. That’s 936-633-5454.

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