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 Friday, September 2, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll open with a look back at the life and influences of David Bowie featuring tracks from The Rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust, Space Oddity, and Heroes plus track from numerous artists he collaborated with including Brian Eno, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Mott The Hoople, and more. Then, in our concert hour, another musical icon, Arlo Guthrie live on stage at the Tent Show Radio Hour Live from Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield Wisconsin and in our final hour we'll dance with the Lady in Black.

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Airs Friday, August 26, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we open with Part 2 of In Search of a Song, the story of Justin Townes Earl. Then we travel to the North Sea Jazz Stage for Toots Thielemans in concert along with Maria Markesini & Bert van den Brink and the CTI All Star Band. Then in our final hour we wander deep into the realm of Proud Flesh with music from Lambchop, Mile Davis, Weather Report, Matrix, and Charles Mingus.

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Airs Friday, August 26, 2016 at 9 p.m. Part 2 of In Search of a Song executive producer Rich Reardin interviews Nashville singer/songwriter Justin Townes Earle . Once compared to a man who wears many suits, in thirty-two short years Justin Townes Earle has experienced more than most, both personally and professionally.

A Note From Chris Thile  

Fellow Public Radio Lovers, First of all, thanks for reading this. Starting a conversation with you is one of the most exciting parts of what I’m finding to be a roundly exciting endeavor.

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Airs Tuesday, August, at 6 p.m. Once again Dr. Beverly Burden, an Associate Professor of Biology at LSUS and our resident entomologist, joined 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.

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