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

Press Image / Dave Mallett

Airs Friday, September 8, 2017, at 9 p.m. This weeks Caravan features music by Cloud Control, Nick Brumley, and Matt The Electrician, with Blues at the Bottom by Etta Baker, Kieren Kane, Xavier Rudd and a little Buddy & Julie Miller for fun. This week in our concert hour we feature Dave Mallett Live at Leu Gardens, and this week in our final hour we ask "How Can I Keep From Singing."

Airs Thursday, September 7, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Tiffany Ammermen and Kermit Poling from the Marshall Symphony Orchestra about week filled with events throughout the City of Marshall Texas, including a Costume Party, Dixieland on the Square at Telegraph Park, Coffee with the Conductor, a Wine Tasting, an Open Dress Rehearsal on Friday, September 15, and on Saturday, September 16, at 8 p.m. the Marshall Symphony Orchestra presents “Shaken, Not Stirred,” the Music of James Bond with Jeans 'n Classics.

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Airs Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Jennifer Allen, Executive Director of the Angelina Arts Alliance, about a concert featuring Jazz Trumpeter Chris Botti, coming up next Thursday, September 21, at 7:30 pm in Temple Theater, Lufkin. For complete details visit online the Angelina Arts Alliance or call the box office at 936-633-5454.

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Airs Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at 6 p.m. Once again ornithologist Cliff Shackelford, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will be on hand to take your questions about all our feathered friends on "Bird Calls" from Red River Radio. If you have a photo or the recorded sound of a bird that you'd like Cliff to research and identify for the show please send them to wbeckett@lsus.edu. We'll also post your photos and recorded sounds on our website after the show. Join us for Bird Calls and call in a 800-552-8502 with your questions.

Press Image / Martha Scanlan

Airs Friday, September 1, 2017, 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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