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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8:00pm

Tue March 5, 2013
Chris McCaa

Chris McCaa - AKA Professor Pork Chop Live From Red River Radio

Chris McCaa

Airs Tuesday, March 5 at 8 p.m. Chris McCaa, AKA Professor Pork Chop will be cooking up some musical gumbo LIVE  this Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on Red River Radio. His latest CD, U R My Everything as made a big splash on the roots and blues charts and he'll be here to share some of the music with you. All About Jazz says the "Professor ... has a voice that is the love child of Randy Newman and John Hiatt, seasoned with Tabasco and gin."  Tune in for his high proof and hot music live during our Spring Pledge Drive and give us a call at 800-552-8502 to make your pledge or go on line here.  Donate Now!

8:00pm

Mon March 4, 2013
AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band

AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band Live From Red River Radio

AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band

Airs Monday, March 4 at 8 p.m.  Join us once again for an electrified performance as AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band take to the air waves. Thanks to everyone who pledged we can offer this concert without interruption for pledging and we will let AJ and the Band have the studio all to themselves. AJ and the Two Tone Blues Band have maintained a prestigious career over the years and have played the Sonny Boy Blues Society Battle of the Bands Competition, the King Biscuit Blues Festival and the International Blues Competition in Memphis. They are well know throughout the region and always inject high voltage into our pledge drives. Tune in for this exciting show and make your pledge at 800-552-8502 or On Line Now Here.

6:00pm

Sun March 3, 2013
Hidden Kitchens

Hidden Kitchens: The Raw & The Cooked

Airs Sunday, March 3 at 6 p.m.  An hour-long journey into the world of clandestine cooking, kitchen rituals and traditions. Tales of kitchens that suddenly pop up, kitchens that stay underground to survive, kitchens that are the keepers of a culture. Cooking traditions that spring from the most unlikely moments of history.
     We travel the country and we travel in time in search of hidden kitchens and little-known corners of American food culture. From the Crossroads in Mississippi to the Birth of Rice-a-Roni in San Francisco. From the Sheepherder's Ball in the Basque Country in Boise to the Breadbasket of California's Central Valley. We hear kitchen stories and music from Michael Pollan, Rosemary Clooney, Robert Johnson, Super Chikan and more.   Hosted by Academy Award-winning actress, Frances McDormand.

8:00pm

Fri March 1, 2013
Twang Darkly

Twang Darkly Live on Red River Radio

Twang Darkly

Airs Friday, March 1 at 8 p.m. Twang Darkly returns to Red River Radio for a live performance of their unique blend of original instrumental music that has been described as "Cinematic Appalachian jazz rock fetched from the future on a beer-fueled time machine fabricated from gourds and guitar strings." Twang Darkly features Michael Futreal on Appalachian dulcimer, banjo, gourdtar, guitar, harmonica, flute, and suchlike;  Troy Messina drum;  and Joel Boultinghouse on the big ol' string bass and electric guitars. Join us Friday night at 8 p.m. and while you’re at it, give us a call and help support live music on Red River Radio at 800-552-8502 or click here. DONATE NOW!

8:00pm

Fri March 1, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Nick Brumley's New CD Cover

Airs Friday, March 1 at 8 p.m. (Special Time)  This week on the Caravan we start with live music in our studio with Twang Darkly, beginning at 8 pm. They'll bring a unique blend of music featuring Appalachian dulcimer, banjo, gourdtar, guitar, harmonica, flute, stand up bass and percussions. Following the show some live tracks from a new release by Nick Brumley, Lyle Lovett with Luke Bulla, Nick Annis, Cosy Sheridan, Chris Smither, and Muddy Waters with the Rolling Stones. Our Final hour, be quiet and play the music will have a special appeal with Jeffrey Foucault, Cat Power, Belle & Sebastian, Joe Walsh, Chelsea Lynn LaBate, and the Hold Steady to name a few. We hope you'll tune and and also make a pledge during the show at 800-552-8502 or on line here:  DONATE NOW!

Caravan Playlist for Friday, March 1, 2013

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