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 Friday, December 15, 2017, at 9 p.m. Experience the magic of an Appalachian Christmas with music and readings featuring Brittany Haas on fiddle, Simon Chrisman on hammered dulcimer, percussive dancer Nic Gareiss and piper Christopher Layer. Live acoustic performance from historic Thrall's Opera House in New Harmony, Indiana, in December of 2015. 

Cliff Shackelford
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Airs Tuesday, December 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.

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Airs Friday, December 8, 2017 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we feature music by Laurie MccLain, the Be Good Tanyas, and Joanna Newsome as well as cuts from Twang Darkly, Otis Taylor, Diana Krall, and Julie Miller. Then in our concert hour we'll remember Guy Clark with a rebroadcast of An Evening With Guy Clark, and this week in our final hour we'll seek the Seeds of Divinity with music by Trout Fishing In America, Bill Miller, The Cowboy Junkies, Calexico, John Trudell and more.

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Airs Friday, December 1, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week in our first hour we'll hear tracks by Leonard Cohen, Pat Metheny with Lyle Mays, Don Conoscenti, Townes Van Zandt, and Buddy Flett as well as cuts by Toumani Diabate, The Trishas, and Jazziana. Then we wander up to Montana for Jeffrey Foucault Live from the Divide, and in our final hour we'll share some Nomadic Revery with Bonnie Prince Billy, Lou Reed, Led Zeppelin, Tangerine Dream, Tom Scudiero, and the Hold Steady.

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Airs Friday, November 24, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll hear from Andra Day, Lyle Lovett, Andrew Vasquez, Eric Underwood & Eladia, Andrew Cronshaw and Steve Earle, plus blues by Jazzianna, Chris McCaa and Chris Allen, and a touch for the Dark from Guy Clark. In our 2nd hour, we visit with Pink Floyd, the Early Years and in our Final hour we'll tend to Candles in The Rain with tracks by Will Taylor & Barbara K., Lambchop, Turin Brakes, Holopaw, Nick Drake, Myshkin, M Ward, and the Hold Steady.

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