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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8:00pm

Tue March 3, 2015
AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band Live

AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band Live

Airs Tuesday, March 3, at 8 p.m.  Join us once again for an electrified performance as AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band take to the air waves. AJ and the Two Tone Blues Band have maintained a prestigious career over the years and have played the Sonny Boy Blues Society Battle of the Bands Competition, the King Biscuit Blues Festival and the International Blues Competition in Memphis. They are well know throughout the region and always inject high voltage into our pledge drives.

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12:00pm

Thu February 26, 2015
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: SFA Theatre presents “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Airs Thursday, February 26, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with director Jack Heifner, along with Shelby Lynn Gilliam who plays Lady Bracknell, and Keenan Rey Chiasson who takes on the role of Algernon Moncrieff in a production Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” presented by the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre in the W.M Turner auditorium. The performance opens at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3 and running through March 7 at 7:30 p.m. There is one daytime show at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 5. For more information call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (888)-240-ARTS or visit theatre.sfasu.edu 

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12:00pm

Tue February 24, 2015
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: In The Heat Of The Night at Angelina Arts Alliance

Airs Tuesday, February 24, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Tracy Pinkerton, the Executive Director of the Arts Alliance, about The LA Theatre Works. They will present the classic story, “In The Heat Of The Night,” this Saturday, February 28, at the Angelina Arts Alliance. More information is online at Angelina Arts Alliance or 936–633–5454.

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11:00am

Mon February 16, 2015
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 2014-15

Airs Monday, February 16, at 11 a.m. On the next concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra we remember Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos in a concert with the Suite Espanola by Albeniz and The Three Cornered Hat by de Falla. Pepe Romero performs the Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo.  Jim Cunningham will host 

12:00pm

Thu February 12, 2015
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: “Community Conversations Series” at the Robinson Film Center

Airs Thursday, February 12, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Meghan Hochstetler, the Education Director at the Robinson Film Center, about their “Community Conversations Series,” featuring a wide range of films and local discussions throughout February. More information is online at Robinson Film Center or by calling 318-459-4122.

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