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

Dr. Beverely Burden answers your questions
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Airs Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at 6 p.m. Once again Dr. Beverly Burden, an Associate Professor of Biology at LSUS and our resident entomologist, joined Bill Beckett to discuss our insect world, both friendly and fiendish. We'll talk about what's new in the insect world and we'll took forward to your calls and questions about "What's Bugging You" at 800-552-8502.

Elijah in the wilderness
Washington Allston (1779–1843) / The author died in 1843, so this work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or fewer.

Airs Friday, June 19, 2020, at 9 p.m. Join us this week for a speciaol edition of the Caravan on Red River Radio. Our first hour is a Prayer, inspired by Jim Bickertsaff's Prayers of Elijah, a tribute Elijah Cummings along with two works composed by or arranged by Resident Artist, Composer, Dr. Gregory McPherson, Resident Artist, Composer, Director of Choral Music at Wiley College featuring the voice of Kate Campbell, and Michael Jackson’s Heal The World performed live at LeTourneau University in February, 2020, by the a Cappella Choir at Wiley College under the direction of Dr. Gregory McPherson and remixed here for the Juneteenth Collective. The hour also features music by sister Lucile Pope, Warren Wilken, the Damnations, John Miller, Sandy Denney, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, The Sons of the Never Wrong. The Wallin' Jennys, Andra Day, and Richie Havens.

Then in Hour Two we join Jack Johnson who has hosted annual concerts in Hawaii featuring his musician friends to raise money for the Kokua Foundation he and his wife created to support environmental education programs. This radio special features the best, one-of-a-kind collaborations from past festivals. Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, G Love and Ozomatli join Jack on his hits and covers. Jack also sits in on unique versions of songs made famous by his guests Ben Harper, Taj Mahal, Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Ziggy Marley and Damian Marley. Jack Johnson, G. Love, Wil-Dog (Ozomatli), Taj Mahal, and Zach Gill (A.L.O, Jack’s Band) discuss these performances and the environmental mission of the festival. The program includes one exclusive non-album track – “Home” recorded live at Blue Planet Studio in Honolulu. In Our Third Hour we wander deep through the Shades of Gray.

Cliff Shackelford

Airs Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 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 at 800-552-8502 with your questions.

Michael Butterman
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Grand Teton Music Festival
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Airs Thursday, May 7, 2020, at 1 p.m. Join us again for another series of 13 concerts recorded at the Grand Teton Music Festival under music director Donald Runnicles. On this concert the Takács Quartet takes center stage for a performance of Béla Bartók's String Quartet No. 1 in A minor as well as the Adagio from Schubert's String Quintet in C major, D 956. The will be joined by cellist Kari Jane Doctor for the Schubert.

Cliff Shackelford and Dr. Beverly Burden
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Airs Tuesday, April 21, 2019, at 6 p.m. This special edition brings together the Forces of Entomology and Ornithology in this special edition of Bird Calls & What’s Bugging You, with Ornithologist Cliff Shackelford from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Dr. Beverly Burden, an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at LSU Shreveport. They will take your calls about the Avian and Insect worlds on Tuesday, April 10, at 6 p.m.

Airs Monday, March 23, 2020, at 8 p.m. NPR will broadcast a special National Conversation focused on the global coronavirus crisis, hosted by Ari Shapiro. Stay tuned to Red River Radio for all the latest updates, Presidential Task Force press briefings and Louisiana Governor's Briefings. You can steam and watch tonight's National Conversation here.

Barbara Jarrell
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*** We have rescheduled her performance for Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 8 p.m. ***

Barbara Jarrell & Sandra Odom will join hosts Wally Derleth and Bill Beckett for a Song Swap live on Red River Radio. Support live, local music on the radio. Tune in for this exciting show and make your pledge at 800-552-8502 or pledge on line here: DONATE NOW!

Curtis Joseph
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Airs Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at 8 p.m. Join us for a jazz infused concert featuring Curtis Joseph, Nick Palmer, Weldon Stutes, Sarah Elizabeth Smith, and Lucus Lawrence Live in the Red River Radio Studios. They will deliver up some fine jazz guitar, sax, bass, drums, and vocals and an evening full of great music. You can show your love for live music on Red River Radio by making a pledge during the show and help us during our pledge drive.