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 April 19, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Airs Friday, December 19 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we have new music from Craig Finn and some classics from Erica Wheeler, Taj Mahal, and Muddy Waters and we'll visit with Children of a Mayana God.  In our 2nd hour, a look back at Rumors by Fleetwood Mac, and in our third hour we'll wander mysteriously by still waters. Join us Friday at 9 for the Caravan on Red River Radio.

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12:00pm

Thu April 18, 2013
William Inge's Picnic

Red River Radio Spotlight: Picnic

Bill Beckett talks with director Kip Holloway, Chelsea Hockaday (Madge) and Andrew Wood (Hal) about their production of William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize winning dramatic play "Picnic," which opens tonight in the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse at Centenary College.  More information about show times and tickets can be found here.

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9:00pm

Fri April 12, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Airs Friday, April 12 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll hear new music from Yellow Red Sparks,  Antje Duvekot, Sarah Jarosz and Colin Linden, ... we'll take a walk with Alice Coltrane, and we'll flash back to a couple of classics from "A' Train and King Curtis. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band takes the stage in hour two and you'll find us Somewhere Down The Crazy River in our final set. Join us Friday at 9 for the Caravan on Red River Radio.

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12:00pm

Thu April 11, 2013
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Professor Porkchop at Eldorado Casino Celebrity Lounge

Bill Beckett talks with Chris McCaa, AKA Professor Porkchop, about their show and CD release party at the Eldorado Casino Celebrity Lounge tonight beginning at 7 p.m.

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9:00pm

Fri April 5, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Dave Mallett

Airs Friday Night at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we feature music by Cloud Control, Nick Brumley, and Matt The Electrician, with Blues at the Bottom by Etta Baker, Kieren Kane, Xavier Rudd and a little Buddy & Julie Miller for fun. On the concert hour, Dave Mallett takes the stage, and on Be Quite and Play the Music, it really is just a short, short time.

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