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

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Airs Thursday, June 15, 2017, at 8 p.m. Join us for a folk infused live music performance with Guitarist Nick Brumley who has been on in the past with Maggie Koerner and the Mansion Family.

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Airs Wednesday, June 14, at 8 p.m. Join us for a live concert featuring  Roots Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass with Magnolia Mae featuring John Falco Garcia on Guitar, Banjo and Vocals; Melissa Garcia on Vocals; Wes Hamilton on Fiddle and Vocals; Brandon McComic on Bass, Trey Hodge on Guitar, and Angelique Hodge on fiddle and Vocals. They will keep your feet tapping while helping Red River Radio raise revenue to keep the music coming. Call in during the show at 800-552-8502 or donate online here: DONATE NOW

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Airs Tuesday, June 13 at 8 p.m. Join us for bassist Chris Allen live in our studios along with guitarist Nick Palmer, vocalist Deidre Malbrough, and  Lane Baylis on drums as they bring us a great show for jazz guitar lovers this Tuesday. You can show your love for live music on Red River Radio by making a pledge during the show and help us during our pledge drive. Call and pledges at 800-552-8502 or pledge online now: DONATE NOW!

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Airs Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at 6 p.m. Once again Dr. Beverly Burden, an Associate Professor of Biology at LSUS and our resident entomologist, joins 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 look forward to your calls and questions about "What's Bugging You" at 800-552-8502.

Some insects Dr. Burden will identify this show.
 

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Airs Friday, June 9, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we’ll feature music from PH Balance, Myshkin’s Ruby Warbler, Chris McCaa and Chris Allen, Rose Polenzani, Ali Farke Toure, Dave Matthews, Joe Ely and Buddy Flett. Then in our concert hour, Sigur Rós live, and in the final hour, we go Beneath The Fire.

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