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 Friday, December 11 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll listen to music from Simone Dinnerstein with Tift Merritt and Sweet Honey in the Rock plus some classic cuts by John Trudell, Norah Jones and King Curtis. For Blues at the Bottom we'll flash back to Robert Johnson and we'll hear from Neil Young, and in our concert Hour we'll join the Spirit Family Reunion Live at the Divide, and this week in our final hour join us as we gaze upon her ... As The Earth Weeps.

Airs Wednesday, December 9, at 2 p.m. Itzhak Perlman invites you to his Chanukah Radio Party. Join the superstar violinist as he tells the story of the Jewish festival of lights, and shares his favorite recordings for the holiday – some serious, some silly. This engaging one-hour special includes numbers from Itzhak Perlman’s radio-addicted childhood in Israel; evocative songs in Yiddish and Ladino; classical music that revolves around the Maccabee heroes of the story; and Chanukah gems by American folk singers.

Airs Sunday, December 6, at 7 p.m. President Obama will address the nation tonight at 7 p.m. CT. The White House says the President will speak from the Oval Office about steps the government is taking to address terrorist threats against the country. He is also expected to give an update on the investigation into the San Bernardino shootings.

Airs Friday, December 4, at 9 p.m. This week we'll hear from The Trishas, Libby Kirkpatrick, Po' Girl, The Be Good Tanyas, Townes Van Zandt, Chris Thomas King, the Mansion Family, and Postmodern Jukebox in our first hour. Then, we go to Live at the Divide in Montana for a concert with Martha Scanlan, and in our final hour, we pay visit to The Last Cathedral with Richard Shindell, Steve Earle, Andrew Vasquez, Neil Young and Violet.

Aired Tuesday, December 1, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Shane Rasmussen, Director for the Louisiana Folk Life Center and an Associate Professor of English at Northwest State University along with Jennifer Karle from the Cane River Children's Services about the 7th annual Multicultural Christmas Concert, 

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