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

Mon January 20, 2014
Cultural, Community, Information

Newport Jazz Festival: Ravi Coltrane Quartet In Concert

Ravi Coltrane

Airs Monday, January 20 at 8 p.m. His bloodline alone makes him something of a prince of jazz. But his legendary father died when he was a toddler, and Ravi Coltrane blazed his own trail on the tenor saxophone; indeed, his ideas about composition and flow and tone sound most at home with his own generation of improvisers. His quartet has developed a new set of repertoire for a new album in the works. We get a good midterm progress report from the Harbor Stage at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival.

9:00pm

Fri January 17, 2014
Caravan

Caravan

Airs Friday, January 17 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we feature a brand new release from the Johnny Cash Archives plus new tunes by Paul Ruske, Arianna Savall, Anders Osbourne, Della Mae, and Antje Duvekot plus tracks from Allison Crowe, Alabama Shakes, and Curtis Mayfield. Then, in our concert hour, Rod MacDonald takes the stage at Leu Gardens in Orlando Florida, and in our final hour we "Catch this cloud" with tracks from Chelsea Lynn LaBate, Ash RA Temple, Abbie Gardner & Anthony da Costa, Jeffrey Foucault, Cat Power and the Hold Steady.

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12:00pm

Thu January 16, 2014
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

Aired Thursday, January 16 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett talks with Tracy Pinkerton, the Executive Director of the Angelina Arts Alliance, about Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, who will take the stage at the Angelina Arts Alliance in Lufkin this Saturday, 18 at 7:30 pm. For more information you can visit the Angelina Arts Alliance online or give them a call at 936-633-5454.  

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9:00pm

Fri January 10, 2014
Caravan

Caravan

Airs Friday, January 10 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we have music from We Are Augustine, Twang Darkly, Xavier Rudd and Allison Crowe as well as tracks from Hat Check Girl, Nick Brumley, and Catie Curtis. Then in our concert hour we join Warren Haynes live at the Fur Peace Ranch and in our final hour we'll travel Through Hollow Lands.

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9:00pm

Fri January 3, 2014
Caravan

Caravan

Airs Friday, January 3 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we feature new music by My Morning Jacket, Joy Kills Sorrow and We Are Augustine and new Blues from Dr. John and Gregg Allman. We'll also have some good ol' fun with Ticklepenny Corner, Joel Rafael and Blues Traveler and in our second hour, Verlon Thompson takes the stage. Then on Be Quiet and Play The Music, ... we take it By Theft and Illusion. That's the Caravan, Friday at 9 on Red River Radio.

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