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 May 30, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen Live

Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen

Airs Friday, May 30 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we have new music from Patty Griffin, LAKE, Boreal sons, Kan Wakan, Augustines, Steve Howell, Buddy Flett, and Anders Osborne plus music from Etta Baker and Travis. Then a concert by Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, two wanders from Vermont, and in the final hour we'll sigh "An American Prayer." join me Friday at 9 for the Caravan on Red River Radio.

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8:00pm

Thu May 29, 2014
AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band

AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band Live

AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band

Airs Thursday, May 29 at 8 p.m.  Join us once again for an electrified performance as AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band take to the air waves. 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.

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8:00pm

Wed May 28, 2014
A Fine Romance

A Fine Romance Live

Loren Demerath on guitar and vocals, Joel Boultinghouse on standup bass

Airs Wednesday, May 28 at 8 p.m.  Another fine Louisiana ensemble joins us in the studios for a live broadcast performance. A Fine Romance features some grand old crooner tunes set to a contemporary sound with Loren Demerath on guitar and vocals, Joel Boultinghouse on standup bass, and Curtis Joseph on drums. Tune in Wednesday night at 8 p.m. and please help us out during our end of the year membership campaign by making a pledge so that we can continue bringing you all the shows you enjoy.

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8:00pm

Tue May 27, 2014
Reverend Charley's Patent Medicine Show

Reverend Charley's Patent Medicine Show Live

Reverend Charley's Patent Medicine Show

Airs Tuesday, May 27 at 8 p.m. Join us for an up-tempo show featuring Reverend Charley's Patent Medicine Show with a unique blending of folk, bluegrass, and old tyme music that will start your feet shuffling. we also hope you'll help out and support Red River Radio during our end of the year membership campaign so we can continue to bring you the widest variety of great shows week after week.

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1:00pm

Mon May 26, 2014
Carnegie Hall Live

Carnegie Hall Live: Britten's War Requiem Op. 66

Airs Monday, May 26 at 1 p.m. Hailed as “a phenomenon” who “pulls together the most intellectually enticing and emotionally gripping [performances] in New York” (The New Yorker), Robert Spano leads his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a stirring performance of Britten’s towering masterpiece. The composer created this mammoth meditation against war by juxtaposing Latin texts from the Mass for the Dead with shocking depictions of battle by Wilfred Owen, a British poet who died in World War I.

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