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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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!

8:00pm

Wed June 5, 2013
Jazziana Live

Jazziana Live on Red River Radio

Airs Wednesday, June 5 at 8:00 p.m. Wally Derleth will be your host with Bill Beckett at the Mix Console for this live show with George Hancock (Flute,Sax, percussions), Darrel Mims (Guitar & Vocals) and Rodger Barnes (Keys, Percussion & Vocals) AKA Jazziana. They will be joined by George Nelson on Percussion for a great night of jazz and blues live on Red River Radio.  Call in and show your support for live music and diverse programming during this special at 800-552-8502 or pledge on line here: DONATE NOW!

8:00pm

Tue June 4, 2013
Newport & Savannah

Newport Jazz & Savannah Music Fest Special

Airs Tuesday, June 4 at 8 p.m.  Join Bill Beckett & Wally Derleth tonight at 8 pm for a "Best Of' special feature selected sets from the Newport Jazz Festival and the Savannah Music Festival with featured artists Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding, Amina Figarova, Bob Seeley, Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal, Bela Fleck, Paco de Lucia and Regina Carter's Reverse Thread. Call in with your pledge and support all the variety you get on Red River Radio at 800-552-8502 or pledge on line here: DONATE NOW!

9:00pm

Fri May 31, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Airs Friday, May 31 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we start with a few ramblin' notes from Joel Rafael and follow along with tracks by Ali Farke Toure and Ry Cooder, Red Bird, and Kris Delhorst, plus we'll feature double cuts from Mississippi John Hurt and Son House followed by a Tribute to Woody Guthrie. On our concert set, it's a double bill as well, featuring Fiona Apple and Sharon Van Etten, recorded live at SXSW. Then on Be Quite and Play The Music we confront the Paradox of Grace.

Caravan Playlist for Friday, May 31, 2013

9:00pm

Fri May 17, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Airs Friday, May 17 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we have new music by the Secret Sisters and The Black Swans as well as tunes by Robert Deeble, John Trudell, and Alex De Grassi. On Blues at the Bottom, something old from Billy Holiday and something new from James Cotton, plus Joe Pug and Charles Brown. Then, in our concert hour, Dave Brubeck at the 2009 New Port Jazz Festival. On Be Quiet and Play the Music we'll wander into the Great Impossible. Tune in Friday at 9 for the Caravan here on Red River Radio.

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