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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9:00pm

Fri September 20, 2013
Cultural, Community, Information

Caravan

N. Lakshmanan (L); Chitravina N. Ravikiran (Center L); Rajeev Taranath (Center R) and Abhiman Kaushal (R)
Scott Crain

Airs Friday, September 20 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we take a page from Randall Bramblett, Tim Easton, Paul Lee Kupfer & Ian Thomas Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, plus blues by AJ & Two Tone Blues Band, Jazzianna, and Dr. John. Then in our concert hour we travel back to India Nights 2013 for a concert featuring Rajeev Taranath and Chitravina N. Ravikiran and in our final hour we’ll walk Along the High Ridges.

Caravan Playlist for Friday, September 20, 2013

12:00pm

Thu September 19, 2013
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: The 5th annual Louisiana Studies Conference

Louisiana Studies Conference

Bill Beckett spoke with Shane Rasmussen, the Director of the Louisiana Folk Life Center and an Associate Professors of English at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches about the 5th annual Louisiana Studies Conference which will take place this Weekend at Northwestern State University.  If you’d like more information about the conference you can visit the Louisiana Folk Life Center or call the center at  (318)-357-4332.

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9:00pm

Fri September 13, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Rick Adams joins us in our studios tonight on the Caravan

Airs Friday, September 13 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we feature music by Smithfield Fair, Harvey Reid, Tom Russell, Iris DeMent, and Andrew Cronshaw plus blues from Clyde Walker, Buddy Flett Craig Finn, and Lee Roundtree. Then, in our second hour we'll be joined by Rick Adams and Frank Willis in our Marion & Donald Weiss performance studio to talk about Rick's New CD, No Cover At The Door.  In hour final hour this week it's all about "Shades of Gray," with music from Leonard Cohen, Harry Chapin, the Sons of the Never Wrong, and Dar Williams with Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell. Caravan Playlist for Friday, September 13, 2013

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6:00pm

Thu September 12, 2013
Bird Calls

Bird Calls with Cliff Shackelford

Aired Thursday,  September 12 at 6 p.m. Ornithologist Cliff Shackelford, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, took your calls on "Bird Calls" from Red River Radio. He answered your questions about our avian world at 800-552-8502. If you have a photo or the recorded sound of a bird that you'd like Cliff to research and identify please send them to Bill Beckett, the host of Bird Calls, and he will send them to Cliff who will research them for the show. We'll also post your photos and recorded sounds on our website after the show.

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12:00pm

Thu September 12, 2013
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Angelina Arts Alliance

Aired Thursday, September 12 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett talks with Tracy Pinkerton, the Executive Director of the Arts Alliance about Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don’t Fail Me Now, the opening show in their new season at the Angelina Arts Alliance. For information about this and their entire season you can visit the Angelina Arts Alliance for details or call 936–633–5454.

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