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 19, 2015
Caravan

Caravan: Martha Scanlan Live at the Divide

Martha Scanlan
Martha Scanlan

Airs Friday, June 19, at 9 p.m. This week we'll hear from The Trishas, Libby Kirkpatrick, Po' Girl, The Be Good Tanyas, Townes Van Zandt, Chris Thomas King, the Mansion Family, and Postmodern Jukebox in our first hour. Then, we go to Live at the Divide in Montana for a concert with Martha Scanlan, and in our final hour, we pay visit to The Last Cathedral with Richard Shindell, Steve Earle, Andrew Vasquez, Neil Young, and Violet.

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6:00pm

Tue June 16, 2015
What's Bugging You?

What's Bugging You June 16, 2015

Airs Tuesday, June 16 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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9:00pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Caravan

Caravan: Lyle Lovett's Songwriters Summit with Guy Clark, Joe Ely, and John Hiatt

Airs Friday, June 12 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll start the show of with a lot of brand new tracks Tearjerker and Myung Whun Chung along with Mia Dyson, Tom the Lion, and the Donkey's as well as classic cuts from Crosby Still & Nash, Erica Wheeler and Carlos Nakai. Then in our concert hour we'll go to LA for a Songwriters Summit featuring Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, and John Hiatt and for our final hour we'll follow the Road To Red Point.

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8:00pm

Thu June 11, 2015
Alan Dyson Live

Alan Dyson and David Love Lewis Live in the Red River Radio Studios

MCRollo Used by permission

Airs Thursday, June 11 at 8 p.m. Alan Dyson will join us in our Marion and Donald Weiss Performance studios for two hours of music along with poet David Love Lewis. A mix of music, spoken word and more should living up the evening and hopefully prompt you to call in with a pledge in support of our local live music programming. You can call in during the show at 800-552-8502 or you can pledge online here. DONATE NOW!

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8:00pm

Wed June 10, 2015
Reverend Charley's Patent Medicine Show

Reverend Charley's Patent Medicine Show Live

Reverend Charley's Patent Medicine Show
Reverend Charley Photography

Airs Wednesday, June 10 at 8 p.m. Join us for an up-tempo show featuring Reverend Charley's Patent Medicine Show with a unique blending of folk, bluegrass, and old tyme music that will start your feet shuffling. we also hope you'll help out and support Red River Radio during our end of the year membership campaign so we can continue to bring you the widest variety of great shows week after week. Call in at 800-552-8502 or pledge online. Donate Now.

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