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

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Airs Wednesday, October 5, at 8 p.m. Join us for a live concert featuring  Roots Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass with Magnolia Mae featuring John Falco Garcia on Guitar, Banjo and Vocals; Melissa Garcia on Vocals; Wes Hamilton on Fiddle and Vocals; and Brandon McComic on Bass. They will keep your feet tapping while helping Red River Radio raise revenue to keep the music coming. Call in during the show at 800-552-8502 or donate online here: DONATE NOW


Fall Fund Drive 2016

Sep 30, 2016

The Red River Radio Fall Find Drive is under way and so far we have raised nearly $3,000 toward our goal of $150,000. Your support is vital to Red River Radio and we hope you will make a donation today and support all the great shows you love. We will have numerous drawings throughout the drive and all donations are automatically entered into each upcoming drawing. Make a contribution now and support Your Public Radio Station, Red River Radio.

Aired Tuesday, September 27, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with director Logan Sledge along with Aiden Polling and Tessa Anderson who will be featured in a new production of The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket, a play by Peter Parnell, which opens this Thursday night, September 29, at 7:30 p.m. There are also performances this Friday and Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., and this Sunday at 2 p.m.

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Airs Friday, September 30, at 9 p.m.  Texas Jazz & Blues Greats is hosted by jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran, a Texas native himself.  Moran was recently tapped to be the Creative Director at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts after the passing of Dr. Billy Taylor, and was the recipient of the 2010 MacArthur Fellowship.  A student of the blues, Jason’s virtuoso performances marries classical, blues, and jazz with the musical influences of his generation including funk, hip-hop, and rock.  The Texas Jazz & Blues Greats project was right in his sweet spot!       This two-hour special covers a wide range of artists – connecting the dots between jazz, blues, funk and soul music. Hour 1 includes Sly Stone (yes, funk is in the family!), Big Mama Thornton, Joe Sample, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Joe Tex, David Fathead Newman and King Curtis.     Hour 2 includes Billy Preston, Illinois Jacquet, Esther Philips, Leadbelly, Bobbi Humphrey, Billy Harper, Albert Collins, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. All are sons and daughters of Texas.  Produced by The Luce Group and KPVU-FM Prairie View TX 

Airs Monday, September 26, at 1 p.m. This week from the Cleveland Orchestra Archive we feature a concert in memory of Louis Lane who passed in February of 2016. He will lead the orchestra in three works including the Divertimento Militaire by Mozart, Ibert's Escales, and the Symphony No. 3 in C, “Singulière” by Berwald