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

Wed October 10, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

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

Airs Wednesday, October 10 at 8:00 p.m. Join us for a rocking night of electrified Blues as AJ Casio and the Two Tones take to the air waves to help Red River Radio raise some funds. A. J. 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 arewell 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.

8:00pm

Tue October 9, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Chris McCaa - AKA Professor Pork Chop

Airs Tuesday, September 9 at 8:00 p.m.   Chris McCaa, AKA Professor Pork Chop will be cooking up some musical gumbo LIVE Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. on Red River Radio. Tune in for more live music during our Fall Pledge Dive and give us a call at 800-552-8502 to make your pledge or go on line here.   Donate Now.

10:01am

Fri October 5, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

10:01 Spotlight: Thundersoul Orchestra Live

We just got word that the venue has changed for this.  See below.

Bill Beckett talks with Craig Baldwin, Artistic Director of the ThunderSoul Orchestra about their reunion concert tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m at The Mickey Melton Performance Center at Longview High School, 201 Tomlinson Parkway, Longview, 75605. It's a rare opportunity to see the original band members live on stage and the award-winning documentary,  Thundersoul, all in one evening!  All the details can be found here.   Details about the film can be found here.

9:21am

Fri October 5, 2012
Local

Red River Radio Will Leave The Air

Red River Radio will go off air shortly for some needed maintenance. We will return to the air shortly and thank you for your patience.

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10:01am

Thu October 4, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

10:01 Spotlight: The BIG READ

Bill Beckett talks with Debra Kavanaugh, the Literacy Coordinator for Shreve Memorial Library, about the Big Read, a community wide literacy program centering on Tim O'Brien book "The Things They Carried." There will be public dialogues and workshops about the themes in the stry and copies of the book will be handed out while supplies last. These events are set to kick off on Saturday, October 6 at the Shreve Memorial Library Broadmoor Resource Center.  To learn more about all these events surrounding this program go to Shreve Memorial Library or call 318-226-5864.

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