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

Kate Hughes / Marjorie Lyons Playhouse

Airs Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at 11 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with John LaCosta who directs this production, along with Caroline Dopson  who plays Sydney, and Christian Roberson who plays Lance in this show. They joined Bill in the Noel Foundation studios to discuss their production of 'The Altruist' by Nicky Silver, which opens this Thursday night, February 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse.

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Airs Friday, January 27, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll hear from Andra Day, Lyle Lovett, Andrew Vasquez, Eric Underwood & Eladia, Andrew Cronshaw and Steve Earle, plus blues by Jazzianna, Chris McCaa and Chris Allen, and a touch for the Dark from Guy Clark. In our second hour, we visit with Pink Floyd, the Early Years and in our Final hour we'll tend to Candles in The Rain with tracks by Will Taylor & Barbara K., Lambchop, Turin Brakes, Holopaw, Nick Drake, Myshkin, M Ward, and the Hold Steady.

Press Image / LSUS India Studies Program

Airs Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Dr. Sanjay Menon. He is he Director of the Indian Studies Program and an Associate Professor of Management and Marketing at LSUS. He spoke with about India Night 2017 will take place at the LSUS University Center, on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 5:30 pm. For complete details you can visit the India Studies Program online or call 318-797-5257.

Airs Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Susie Lower, co-chair of the Schmidbauer Committee, about The George & Peggy Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition, celebrating its 10th year. The concert takes place Saturday, January 28, on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. For complete details you can visit online www.schmidbauercompetition.org or call 936-468-3885.

Friday, January 27, 7:30 p.m, Cole Concert Hall
Inaugural Concert featuring violinist Chloe Trevor

Press Image / The Be Good Tanyas

Airs Friday, January 20, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll visit with December Wind, Magda Hiller, Rose Polenzani, Gypsy Soul, Annie Gallup, La Musgana, Anemos, Annie Wenz, Mary Jane Lamond, and Tim O'Brien. This week in our concert hour we'll visit with the Be Good Tanyas at the Thirsty Ear Festival of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and this week in our final hour we float down The Great Sad River.

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