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

Airs Monday, July 4, at 11 a.m.Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square conducted by Mack Wilberg. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir are an American Institution that have entertained audiences for generations. As we celebrate the Fourth of July as a nation, the Mormon Tablernacle will perform patriotic and national music as only they can. 

Samuel A. Ward, arr. Mack Wilberg: America the Beautiful - Choir & Orchestra

John Stafford Smith, arr. Robert Russell Bennett: Star Spangled Banner - Choir & Orchestra

Airs Sunday, July 3, at 6 p.m. The auto industry, agriculture, the energy sector. What do they have in common? These industries benefit from government subsidies in the form of loans, tax breaks, regulation, and other preferences. Critics say that not only do these subsidies transfer wealth from taxpayers to corporations, they distort the markets and our economy. Proponents say that government has an important role to play in launching innovation via strategic investment. Do we need subsidies, or is this corporate welfare?

Adam Kissick / NPR

Airs Friday, July 1, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature tracks from Randall Bramblett, Slobberbone, The Gourds, Nadjiwan, Howard Lyons, Prem Joshua, and Ravi Shankar. Then in our second hour we travel to the New Port Folk Festival for a concert featuring the Band Of Horses, and in our final hour we'll wander into a Beautiful Illusion.

Scott Crain / Used by permission

Airs Friday, June 24 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll listen to new songs from Simone Dinnerstein with Tift Merritt and Sweet Honey in the Rock plus some classic cuts by John Trudell, Norah Jones and King Curtis. For Blues at the Bottom we'll flash back to Robert Johnson and we'll hear from Neil Young, and in our concert Hour we'll join Chitravina Ravikiran and Rajeev Taranath for a raga recorded live at the India Nights Concert 2013 and in our final hour join us as we visit with The Bricklayer's Beautiful Daughter. 

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Airs Tuesday, June 28, at 6 p.m. Once again Dr. Beverly Burden, an Associate Professor of Biology at LSUS and our resident entomologist, joined 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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