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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1:00pm

Mon May 26, 2014
Carnegie Hall Live

Carnegie Hall Live: Britten's War Requiem Op. 66

Airs Monday, May 26 at 1 p.m. Hailed as “a phenomenon” who “pulls together the most intellectually enticing and emotionally gripping [performances] in New York” (The New Yorker), Robert Spano leads his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a stirring performance of Britten’s towering masterpiece. The composer created this mammoth meditation against war by juxtaposing Latin texts from the Mass for the Dead with shocking depictions of battle by Wilfred Owen, a British poet who died in World War I.

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8:00pm

Thu May 22, 2014
Alexandra McCullough

Alexandra McCullough, AJ Haynes, and April Smalley Live

Alexandra McCullough

Airs Thursday, May 22 at 8 p.m.  Join us this Thursday night at 8 p.m. for Alexandra McCullough, AJ Haynes and April Smalley live in the Red River Radio studios with a showcase of young female singer-songwriters from the Ark-La-Tex. We also hope you'll callin and support Red River Radio during this concert broadcast at 800-552-8502 or Donate Now online.

6:00pm

Wed May 21, 2014
Bird Calls

Bird Calls with Cliff Shackelford

Cliff Shackelford

Airs Tuesday,  May 20 at 6 p.m. Once again Ornithologist Cliff Shackelford, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will take 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 this show please send them to wbeckett@lsus.edu and we'll ask Cliff to help identify the bird. We'll also post your photos and recorded sounds on our website after the show.

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8:00pm

Tue May 20, 2014
Cultural, Community, Information

Chris McCaa & Chris Allen Live

Airs Tuesday, May 20 at 8 p.m.  Join us for an evening of great music from Jazz and R & B to some great pop favorites as Chris McCaa (AKA Professor Porkchop) and Chris Allen perform live from the Red River Radio studios and help us raise the revenue we need for another year of great Public Radio programming. Call in during the show and show your support for live music at 800-552-8502 or Pledge Online Here.

5:00pm

Tue May 20, 2014
Matthew Davidson Band

Matthew Davidson Band Live

Matthew Davidson Band
John Linden

Airs Wednesday, May 21 at 8 p.m. Join us this Wednesday night at 8 p.m. for the Red River Radio debut of the Matthew Davidson Band as they join Wally Derleth and Bill Beckett in our Red River Radio studios for a live broadcast. Of course, we will also try to raise some support for Red River Radio during the show and we hope you'll call in at 800-552-8502 or Donate Now online.

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