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 March 22, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Sarah Jaffe at Momo's

Airs Friday, March 22 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature some classic tracks from Van Morrison, Victoria Williams, and Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers plus something new from Devendra Banhart and something exotic from Huun Huur Tu and on Blues at the Bottom, Buddy Flett, Henry Gray, and Carol Fran drive it on home. In our concert set this week we four tracks from an NPR Tiny Desk concert with Lord Huron and then we travel to Austin for a SXSW concert at Momo's with Sarah Jaffe. Our Final hour is a kick up your heels set guaranteed to get your feets a movin'.

Caravan Playlist for Friday, March 22, 2013

11:00am

Thu March 21, 2013
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: The Pardon

Bill Beckett talks with director Tom Anton and Co-Writer Sandi Russell about the release of "The Pardon" staring Jaime King as Toni Jo Henry, the Only woman to be executed in Louisiana's Electric Chair. The film also features Academy Award nominee John Hawkes, Jason Lewis, M.C. Gainey, and T. J. Thyne is will premiere Friday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Robinson Film Center in Shreveport and at select theaters throughout the state. 


9:00pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Alvin Lee (1944 - 2013)

Airs Friday, March 15 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature new music from The Crackling,  the Brooklyn Brothers, Sarah Jarosz and the Cranberries as well as the title cut from Hard Bargain by Emmylou Harris. We'll also have a spotlight on Alvin Lee on Blues at the Bottom, a blast from the past from King Curtis, and in our concert, Josh Ritter Live at Le Poisson Rouge. Tune in Friday at 9 p.m. for the Caravan on Red River Radio.

Caravan Playlist for Friday, March 15, 2013

11:01am

Thu March 14, 2013
11:01 Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Mark Wood with the Marshall Symphony

Bill Beckett talks with Mark Wood and Leonard Kacenjar about the Electrify Your Strings program and concert with the Marshall Symphony Orchestra at Marshall High School, Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m.

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8:00pm

Fri March 8, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Alvin Lee (19 December 1944 – 6 March 2013)

Airs Friday, March 8 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature some live tracks from Maggie Koerner & Nick Brumley, Craig Finn, Chris Allen & Winston Hall, AJ & the Two Tone Blues Band, Professor Porkchop and the Dishes, Robin & The Blue Birds, and Muddy Waters with The Stones. On our last hour we'll take a little adventure into the Hush. Tune in and enjoy.

Caravan Playlist for Friday, March 8, 2013

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