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

Thu June 4, 2015
Airheart Live

Airheart Live on Red River Radio

Press Image Airheart

Airs Thursday, June 4, at 8:00 p.m. Airheart is an  acoustic trio playing a wide variety of music, from rock to pop to folk to country to blues to R&B. They place a special emphasis on beautiful harmonies, including not only their own original songs but also The Beatles, Smokey Robinson, Hank Williams, Sr., The Eagles, Three Dog Night, Simon & Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac, John Prine, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Pure Prairie League, The Hollies, Loggins & Messina, The Everly Brothers and many others.

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8:00pm

Wed June 3, 2015
Jazziana Live

Jazziana Live in the Red River Radio Studios

Darrel Mims (Guitar & Vocals)

Airs Wednesday, June 3, at 8:00 p.m. Wally Derleth will be your host with Bill Beckett at the Mix Console for this live show in our Marion and Donald Weiss Performance Studios with Darrel Mims on guitar & vocals, Rodger Barnes on keys, percussion & vocals, and George Hancock on sax and flute. Call in and show your support for live music and diverse programming during this special at 800-552-8502 or pledge on line here: DONATE NOW!

8:00pm

Tue June 2, 2015
Twang Darkly Live

Twang Darkly Live on Red River Radio

Airs Tuesday, June 2 at 8 p.m. Twang Darkly returns to Red River Radio for a live performance of their unique blend of original instrumental music that has been described as "Cinematic Appalachian jazz rock fetched from the future on a beer-fueled time machine fabricated from gourds and guitar strings." Twang Darkly features Michael Futreal on Appalachian dulcimer, banjo, gourdtar, guitar, harmonica, flute, and suchlike;  Lane Bayliss on drums; and Joel Boultinghouse on the big ol' string bass and electric guitars.

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9:00pm

Fri May 29, 2015
Caravan

Caravan: Airheart Live in the Red River Radio studios

Press Image Airheart

Airs Friday, May 29, at 8 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll open with music by Bill Miller along with Neil Young, Ali Farke Toure, Buddy & Julie Miller and a touch of Ravi Shankar. Then we'll feature a live in studio set with Airheart and songs from their newest CD "All Dressed Up," and in our final hour we'll wonder again "What's Behind The Eyes."

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9:00pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Caravan

Caravan: Smithfield Fair Live in the RRR Studios

Smithfield Fair Live in the RRR Studios

Friday, May 22, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we’ll hear from the Secret Sisters, John Trudell, Robert Deeble, and Alex De Grassi with blues from Billy Holiday, James Cotton, Joe Pug, and Charles Brown. For our concert hour we invited Smithfield Fair to join us in our studio for some live music and conversation and during our final hour we’ll find that “This Too Shall Pass” with music by Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, Danny Schmidt, Lou Reed & John Cale, Diane Ward, Jack Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, and Government Mule.

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