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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Guy Clark Press / Guy Clark Press

Airs Friday, January 5, 2018, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we open with tracks by the Coming Grass, Julie Miller, The Gourds, and Celtic Soul along with Dan Bern, Harvey Reid, Eric Brandt, and Robert Deeble. Then in our second hour, ... From 'Desperadoes Waitin' on a Train' - to - 'L.A. Freeway' and way beyond, we feature "West Texas 1941" - the intimate Story of Guy Clark, and this week in our final hour we go to the Meeting by the River with tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Ann Savoy & Linda Ronstadt, Jan Garbarek & Agnes Buen Garnås, Ry Cooder & Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and Jean Pierre Rampal with the Ensemble Lunaire.

Adam Kissick / NPR

Airs Friday, December 29, 2017 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll start out with a folky bluesy first hour featuring tunes from Verlon Thompson & Guy Clark, Reverend Charley's Patent Medicine Show & Chris Thomas King, Buddy Flett & Hubert Sumlin, and we'll throw is some Townes Van Zandt & Pink Anderson as well. Then in our second hour we'll bring you a concert featuring Jason Isbell at The Newport Folk Festival and in our final hour we'll Bendin' Like a Willow Tree.

Josh Saul / WVPB

Airs Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at 10 p.m. From West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the producers of "Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce"- pianist Bob Thompson's "Joy to the World" celebrates the season with jazz arrangements of holiday favorites new and old, featuring special guest vocalist Meredith Dean Augustin. You'll hear Augustin put her special touch on "The Christmas Song," "Winter Wonderland," and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah,"among others.

Press Image / Peace Talks Radio

Airs Sunday, December 24, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. Two instances when peace broke out – right on the field of battle: The impromptu but widespread unofficial Christmas Truce of 1914 in the early months of fighting during World War 1 and the story of the National Jubilee of Peace. First, the impromptu but widespread unofficial Christmas Truce of 1914 in the early months of fighting in Europe in World War 1. 

Press Image / WMNR

Airs Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at 2 p.m. This one hour of classic Christmas arrangements and original music by Leroy Anderson. It is hosted by conductor Leonard Slatkin and the composer's son Kurt Anderson, and features recorded performances of Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Music with Leonard Slatkin conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra, and Leroy Anderson conducting his “Pops” Concert Orchestra. Listeners will also hear Leroy Anderson talking about how he wrote some of his famous Christmas music and what Christmas means to him.

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