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, October 16, 2017, at 1 p.m. The San Francisco Symphony continues its season of broadcast concerts this week with Michael Tilson Thomas leading the orchestra in the Symphony No. 1 in D major by C.P.E. Bach, the Symphony No. 1 in C minor by Brahms, and Apollo by Stravinsky. In the middle, pianist Yefim Bronfman will be featured in a new work by Jörg Widmann, his Trauermarsch for Piano and Orchestra.

Charlie Warren - while backpacking the Wind River Range / Charlie Warren

Airs Friday, October 13, 2017, at 9 p.m. An extensive journal of the life and music of one of the most creative and popular performers of the late 20th Century. John Denver's music and comments about his life as a songwriter and performer, as revealed in interviews and his songs. Includes top hit recordings and those less familiar, but revealing, meaningful, and sometimes humorous. We're also reminded of his life as a husband, father, environmentalist, and adventurer. In our second hour we'll share Ten More From David: A David Bowie Appreciation, and in our final hour we'll share a New Angel Song.

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Airs Tuesday, October 10, 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, October 6, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll have cuts by Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Mansion Family, Buddy Flett, Luther Allison, King Curtis, and new tracks from John Gorka and Eliza Gilkyson. In our concert hour, Sarah Jarosz, and in our final hour we're "Lost with the Lights On," seeking music by Robert Deeble, Neil Young, Johnny Depp & Come, Red House Painters, Patti Smith, and Nirvana.

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Airs Thursday, October 5, 2017, at 8 p.m. Join us for a folk infused live music performance with Guitarist Nick Brumley who has been on in the past with Maggie Koerner and the Mansion Family.

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