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

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Airs Friday, September 28, 2018, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature Apollo’s Fire in Sugarloaf Mountain, An Appalachian Gathering, with Jeannette Sorrell leading Apollo's Fire in performance at St. Paul Episcopal Church, Cleveland with Robert Conrad hosting and Jeannette Sorrell as Narrator. In our Concert Hour we have a special from NPR Music from the 2018 Newport Folk Festival with Bob Boilen and Rita Houston presenting highlights from this year's Newport Folk Festival. Hear songs from Brandi Carlile, Margo Price, Mavis Staples and more. Then in our Final Hour, we ask the question, Who Knows Where The Time Goes.

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Airs Saturday, September 29, 2018, at 12 noon. This week we present a performance from the LA Opera of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. This tradition double bill delight will feature Plácido Domingo as Gianni Schicchi and Marco Berti as Canio, with Grant Gershon conducting the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

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Airs Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 12 noon. This week we present a performance from the LA Opera of Vincenzo Bellini's Norma starring Angela Meade as Norma, Jamie Barton as Adalgisa, Russell Thomas as Pollione, Morris Robinson as Oroveso, Rafael Moras as Flavio, and Lacey Jo Benter as Clotilde. James Conlon leads the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Airs Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Shane Rasmussen, Director of the Louisiana Folk Life Center and an Associate Professors of English at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches along with Robert Bennet, an Independent Scholar and Author, about the 10th annual Louisiana Studies Conference, which will take place this Weekend, September 21 & 22, at Northwestern State University. If you’d like more information about the conference you can visit the Louisiana Folk Life Center on the web or call the center at (318)-357-4332.

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Airs Friday, September 21, 2018, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature new music from The Crackling, the Brooklyn Brothers, Sarah Jarosz and the Cranberries as well as the title cut from Hard Bargain by Emmylou Harris. We'll also have a spotlight on Alvin Lee on Blues at the Bottom, a blast from the past from King Curtis, and in our concert, we travel to the Newport Folk Festival for a concert with Reggae Legends Toots and the Maytals, and in our final hour we'll listen for The Cry of the Snow Lion with tracks from Joan Baez, Sam Pacetti & Gabe Valla, Natalie Merchant, Daniel Lanois, Sandy Denny, Nirvana, and more.

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