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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10:01am

Fri November 9, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

10:01 Spotlight: Lake Bistineau State Park'S 'Loop' Program

Cypress Trees At Bistineau
Bistineau State Park

Bill Beckett talks with Mark Massom, the interpretive ranger at Lake Bistineau State Park about the ongoing Louisiana Outdoor Outreach Program for kids that takes place at the Park as well, as well as other uncoming events including an archeological dig that will take place on Saturday November 17.  For more information about the park and events contact them at 318-745-3503 or on Facebook at Lake Bistineau.

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11:56pm

Mon October 22, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Steve Howell live From Red River Radio

Airs Wednesday, October 17 at 8:00 p.m. Guitarist Steve Howell joins hosts Wally Derleth and Bill Beckett for a live show on Red River Radio. Howell presents a delicate blend of roots music from country, blues and rockabilly to torch songs. In 2011, his CD "Since I Saw You Last" was awarded the Historical Significance Award from the Academy of Texas Music. Support live, local music on the radio. Tune in for this exciting show and make your pledge at 800-552-8502 or On Line Here.

8:00pm

Fri October 19, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Lip Service Live From Red River Radio

Airs Friday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m. Barbara Jarrell, Cookie Garner and Sandra Odom, AKA Lip Service, will join hosts Wally Derleth and Bill Beckett for a live show on Red River Radio. Lip Service presents a blend of acoustic originals mixed with folk, classic pop and roots Americana covers for a delightful and fun evening of music. Support live, local music on the radio. Tune in for this exciting show and make your pledge at 800-552-8502 or click here to Donate Now!  

8:00pm

Mon October 15, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Airheart Live from Red River Radio

Airs Monday, October 15 at 8:00 p.m.  Airheart is an  acoustic trio playing a wide variety of music, from rock to pop to folk to country to blues to R&B. They place a special emphasis on beautiful harmonies, including not only their own original songs but also The Beatles, Smokey Robinson, Hank Williams, Sr., The Eagles, Three Dog Night, Simon & Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac, John Prine, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Pure Prairie League, The Hollies, Loggins & Messina, The Everly Brothers and many others. Airheart is Dan Garner, guitar, vocals, & harmonica; Amelia Blake, guitar & vocals; and Paula O'Neal, vocals, penny whistle, & percussion. Tune in for this exciting show and make your pledge at 800-552-8502 or On Line Now Here.

8:00pm

Fri October 12, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Chris Allen with Matt Harris & Galen Smith live from Red River Radio

Airs Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. Bassist Chris Allen will be joined by Matt Harris on keyboards and Galen Smith on drums for live, jazz-infused music. Tune in for more live music during the Fall Membership Campaign. Please make your pledge of support by calling 800-552-8502 or click here to help your public radio station:   Donate Now!

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