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

Airs Sunday, October 11, at 6 p.m. The longest war in American history is drawing to a close. Now, the men and women who served are coming home, and many hope to use higher education to build new, better lives. They have help from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a piece of legislation that many advocates say offers more support to returning veterans than any policy since the original GI Bill of 1944. In this documentary, we explore how the first GI Bill revolutionized the lives of millions of young veterans.

Airs Friday, October 9 at 10 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we have short program following a live performance by Pipp Gillette Live in the Red River Radio Weiss performance studio. At 10 p.m. we join Della Mae, recorded live at the Divide, and in the final hour we'll sigh "An American Prayer." 

Airs Friday, October 9, at 8 p.m. Pipp plays traditional cowboy music on guitar, banjo, harmonica, and bones. Pipp and his late brother, Guy Gillette, recorded eight albums of cowboy music and were recipients of the Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Best Traditional Album of 2010. They also received the 2012 Wrangler Award for Best Outstanding Original Western Composition for their performance of the song, Trade Off, penned by Waddie Mitchell. Pipp Gillette raises cattle on the family ranch near Lovelady, Texas, where his grandfather started in 1912.

Airs Thursday, October 8, 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 "Interplanetary Mountain Music." Twang Darkly features Michael Futreal on Appalachian dulcimer, banjo, gourdtar, guitar, harmonica, flute, and suchlike; Lane Bayliss on drums; and Joel Boultinghouse on the big ol' string bass and electric guitars.

Airs Wednesday, October 7 at 8 p.m. Chris McCaa, AKA Professor Pork Chop will be cooking up some musical gumbo LIVE this Wednesday night at 8 pm on Red River Radio. His CD U R My Everything has 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 ...

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