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

Press Photo / Birds Of Chicago

Airs Friday, March 3, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we open with cuts from Justin Townes Earle, Three Penny Acre, Phosphorescent, Scott Biram, Twang Darkly, Danny Schmidt, Otis Taylor, and Steve Earl. Then in our Concert Hour, Birds of Chicago take the stage Live from the Divide, and in our final hour, When It Don't Come Easy, look for the Light Behind You. 

Official White House Photo / Public Domain

Airs Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 7 p.m.  NPR and WNYC present a special hour of coverage to set up this important moment in President Trump’s early presidency. This coverage is intended to provide listeners with context for the night’s speech by placing the speech inside the framework of America in a time of seismic change. This special will be a one-hour call-in program hosted by WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and featuring conservative commentator and talk radio host Charlie Sykes. 

River City Repertoire Theater / River City Repertoire Theater

Airs Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Libby Villari who stars in this show and Patric McWilliams who directs ANN, a One Woman play about the life of Ann Richards, the legendary late Governor of Texas.

Press Image / Sam Pacetti

Airs Friday, February 3, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll wander through the end of Childhood with tracks by Pink Floyd, Verlon Thompson, Poi Dog Pondering, Jethro Tull, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Steppenwolf in our first hour. Then we'll travel to the Sunday Sampler Concert series for a performance by Finger Picking Master Sam Pacetti, and in our final hour we'll ponder What Would the Community Think. 

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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