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. 

 

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6:00pm

Sun June 23, 2013
America Abroad

America Abroad: Immigration & The Global Talent Search

Airs Sunday, June 23 at 6 p.m.  It's the American dream: move to the United States, start your own business, build a successful life. But has the United States lost its edge in attracting the best and brightest entrepreneurs? In this month's America Abroad, we'll learn about the significant role immigrants play in creating small and mid-sized businesses. We'll hear how the American visa process could be deterring potential entrepreneurs, particularly from math and engineering-focused places like India. And we'll learn what other countries are doing to attract foreign talent and help themselves out of the global recession. 

9:00pm

Fri June 21, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Airs Friday, June 21 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll hear new music from Ben Folds Five, The Pastels, Terra Naomi, and Cloud Control plus tunes from Allison Crowe, John Melloncamp, Nick Brumley and Buddy Flett. For our second hour we'll sit down with Alexandra McCullough and talk about her upcoming debut CD and she'll share a few tunes with us. We'll also hear First Aid Kit live in a Tiny Desk Concert from NPR ... and on our final hour we'll walk about in Shoes by Dr. Zeuss.

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12:00pm

Wed June 19, 2013
T-Bone Walker Blues Festival

Red River Radio Spotlight: T-Bone Walker Blues Festival

Bill Beckett talks with Bernita Walker, daughter of T-Bone Walker about her father's musical legacy and the Festival that honors this legacy. Information about the festival can be found at T-Bone Walker Blues Festival or by calling 903-756-7774.

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9:00pm

Fri June 14, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Airs Friday, June 14 at 9 p.m.  Coming up on the next edition of the Caravan we’ll hear new music from the Swedish Folk Duo First Aid Kit, a classic track from Victoria Williams, Native America music by R. Carlos Nakai and a taste of India as well. We’ll also check out the phenomenal blues of Chris Smither and Buddy Guy and a live concert from the SXSW festival featuring Andrew Bird.

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8:00pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Lip Service Live

Lip Service Live From Red River Radio

Airs Thursday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m. Barbara Jarrell, Cookie Garner & Sandra Odom, AKA Lip Service, will join hosts Wally Derleth and Bill Beckett for a live show on Red River Radio. Lip Service presents a blend of acoustic originals mixed with folk, classic pop and roots Americana covers for a delightful and fun evening of music. Support live, local music on the radio. Tune in for this exciting show and make your pledge at 800-552-8502 or pledge on line here: DONATE NOW!

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