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 10, 2015
Caravan

Caravan: Old Crow Medicine Show

Airs Friday, April 10, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll start out with a folky bluesy first hour featuring tunes from Verlon Thompson & Guy Clark, Reverend Charley's Patent Medicine Show & Chris Thomas King, Buddy Flett & Hubert Sumlin, and we'll throw is some Townes Van Zandt & Pink Anderson as well. Then in our second hour we'll bring you a concert from the 2013 Newport Folk Festival featuring Old Crow Medicine Show and in our final hour we'll Bendin' Like a Willow Tree. 

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9:00pm

Fri April 3, 2015
Caravan

Caravan: Rod MacDonald

Rod MacDonald

Airs Friday, April 3, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we feature a brand new release from the Johnny Cash Archives plus new tunes by Paul Ruske, Arianna Savall, Anders Osbourne, Della Mae, and Antje Duvekot plus tracks from Allison Crowe, Alabama Shakes, and Curtis Mayfield. Then, in our concert hour, Rod MacDonald takes the stage at Leu Gardens in Orlando Florida, and in our final hour we "Catch this cloud" with tracks from Chelsea Lynn LaBate, Ash RA Temple, Abbie Gardner & Anthony da Costa, Jeffrey Foucault, Cat Power and the Hold Steady.

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12:00pm

Thu March 26, 2015
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Sleep Out For Independence

Bill Beckett spoke with Simone Hennessee, Executive Director of Providence House, about Sleep Out For Independence a fundraiser and community awareness project about homelessness which takes place Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12th,  at Independence Stadium in Shreveport. For information or to register visit Sleep Out 4 Independence here. 

9:00pm

Fri March 20, 2015
Caravan

Caravan: Della Mae Live at the Divide

Della Mae

Airs Friday, March 20 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we have new music from Patty Griffin, LAKE, Boreal Sons, Kan Wakan, Augustines, Steve Howell, Buddy Flett, and Anders Osborne plus music from Etta Baker and Travis. Then a concert by Della Mae recorded live at the Divide, and in the final hour we'll sigh "An American Prayer."

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11:00am

Sun March 15, 2015
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 2014-15

Airs Monday, March 15, at 11 a.m. This week on the Pittsburgh Symphony Radio broadcast, it’s the finale of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Mozart Festival. Manfred Honeck is joined by soloists and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh in selections from the Mass in C major and Requiem. Plus hear excerpts from several of Mozart’s operas. Jim Cunningham will host.

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