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, September 7 at 9 p.m. From mining to manufacturing, housework to ranching, hear surprising information about the labor movement, the return of overseas jobs, U.S. manufacturing, employment, and the auto industry, plus quitting, firing, and hiring, all highlighted by songs about unusual, tough, and dangerous jobs. Music about work and workers in a variety of genres: soft rock, bluegrass, country, bebop, folk, show tunes, and more, plus a classic comedy bit by George Carlin.

Guy Clark Press

Airs Friday, September 4, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we open with tracks by the Coming Grass, Julie Miller, The Gourds, and Celtic Soul along with Dan Bern, Harvey Reid, Eric Brandt, and Robert Deeble. Then in our second hour, ... From 'Desperadoes Waitin' on a Train'  - to - 'L.A. Freeway' and way beyond, we feature "West Texas 1941" - the intimate Story of Guy Clark, and this week in our final hour we go to the Meeting by the River with tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Ann Savoy & Linda Ronstadt, Jan Garbarek & Agnes Buen Garnås, Ry Cooder & Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and Jean Pierre Rampal with the Ensemble Lunaire.

Airs Friday, August 28, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature tracks from Randall Bramblett, Slobberbone, The Gourds, Nadjiwan, Howard Lyons, Prem Joshua, and Ravi Shankar. Then in our second hour we travel to the New Port Folk Festival for a concert featuring the Band Of Horses, and in our final hour we'll wander into a Beautiful Illusion.

Red River Radio Spotlight: All Y'all Live Story Telling

Aug 26, 2015

Bill Beckett spoke with Chris Jay and Sara Hebert about the upcoming “All Y’all” live storytelling show on the theme of OMG, featuring stories of personal encounters with faith, finding and losing God, and eye-opening encounters with the incomprehensible. 

What's Bugging You?

Aug 18, 2015

Airs Tuesday, August 18, at 6 p.m. Once again Dr. Beverly Burden, an Associate Professor of Biology at LSUS and our resident entomologist, will join Bill Beckett to discuss our insect world, both friendly and fiendish. We'll talk about what's new in the insect world and we'll took forward to your calls and questions about "What's Bugging You" at 800-552-8502.