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 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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12:00pm

Wed June 25, 2014
To Kill A Mockingbird

Red River Radio Spotlight: To Kill A Mockingbird at Stephen F. Austin State University

Aired Wednesday, June 25 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Zach Hanks, an assistant professor of theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University along with Josh Wallace, a senior at SFA who plays the role of Atticus Finch in SFA’s Summer Stage Production of “To Kill a Mocking Bird.” This performance opens Friday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. with multiple performances through July, in the W.M. Turner Auditorium on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. More information at www.finearts.sfasu.edu or (936) 468 - 6407.

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7:35am

Tue June 24, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Custer's rise and tragic fall

Dr. Gary Joiner

Commentator Gary Joiner remembers George Armstrong Custer's stellar rise and tragic fall and why his history matters.

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9:00pm

Fri June 20, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: Sarah Jarosz Live at Newport

Sarah Jarosz

Airs Friday, June 20 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll have cuts by Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Mansion Family, Buddy Flett, Luther Allison, King Curtis, and new tracks from John Gorka and Eliza Gilkyson. In our concert hour, Sarah Jarosz takes the stage at the Newport Folk Festival and in our final hour we're "Lost with the Lights On.".

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6:00pm

Tue June 17, 2014
What's Bugging You

What's Bugging You

Airs Tuesday, June 17 at 6 p.m. Once again Dr. Beverly Burden, an Associate Professor of Biology at LSUS and our resident entomologist will join Bill Beckett to discuss our insect world, both friendly and fiendish. We'll talk about what's new in the insect world and we'll took forward to your calls and questions about "What's Bugging You" at 800-552-8502.

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