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

Cliff Shackelford
Press Image / Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Airs Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 6 p.m. Once again ornithologist Cliff Shackelford, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will be on hand to take your questions about all our feathered friends on "Bird Calls" from Red River Radio. If you have a photo or the recorded sound of a bird that you'd like Cliff to research and identify for the show please send them to We'll also post your photos and recorded sounds on our website after the show. Join us for Bird Calls and call in a 800-552-8502 with your questions.

Taken at the Sunday Sampler Concert series at the Dunnellon Historic Train Depot
Photo by Donna Green-Townsend

Airs Friday, November 10, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we open with a rockin' blues filled hour featuring the Memphis Rockabilly Band, the Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings, Son House, and Erin McKeown, along with Henry Gray, Arthur Adams & BB King, Deborah Coleman, and George "Harmonica" Smith. Then, in our concert hour, from Miami Florida, it's Amy Carol Web live at the Sunday Sampler Concert series, and in our final hour we visit The Plateaux of Mirror with tracks from The Wailin Jennys, Alice Coltrane, Phosphorescent, Violet, Brian Eno & Harold Budd, and Poi Dog Pondering.

John Kloepper / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Airs Friday, October 27, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll open with a look back at the life and influences of David Bowie featuring tracks from The Rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust, Space Oddity, and Heroes plus track from numerous artists he collaborated with including Brian Eno, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Mott The Hoople, and more. Then, in our concert hour, another musical icon, Arlo Guthrie live on stage at the Tent Show Radio Hour Live from Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield Wisconsin and in our final hour we'll dance with the Lady in Black.

Press Image / Shreveport House Concert Series

Airs Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 8 p.m. From the Shreveport House Concert series we present Part 1 of a concert featuring Gary Nicholson live.

Airs Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett Spoke with Jane Snyder, Past President of the Board of Christian Service in Shreveport-Bossier, about this year’s annual “Poor Man’s Supper,” which will take place this Sunday, October 29 from 5 to 7 pm.  in their new Christian Service facility at 2346 Levy Street. For complete details visit Christian Service on Facebook or call 318-221-4857.