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

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!

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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.

Mus Gillum (L) & Nick Brumley (R)
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Airs Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at 8 p.m. Join us for a folk infused live music performance with Guitarist Nick Brumley who has been on in the past with Maggie Koerner and the Mansion Family. He will be joined by Mus Gillum live in our studios for a night of live music and original songwriting. Tune in a help support the arts on Red River Radio at 800-552-8502 or online here. DONATE NOW!

Cliff Shackelford
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Airs Tuesday, March 10, 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.

Airs Friday, March 6, 2020, at 9 p.m. Pink Floyd founder and 2015 Newport Folk Festival headliner, Roger Waters, looks back on his solo recordings, reflects on the continued relevance the subjects, focusing on his 1992 album Amused to Death. Roger: "whoever we are, wherever we live, whatever colour we are, whatever our religion is, whatever our political status, we need to reach out to each other to discover what it is in each individual human being that can understand the predicament of the other and stop going, “I’m the good guy, you're the bad guy.

Bob Marley live in concert in Zurich, -
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Airs, Friday, February 29, 2018, at 11 p.m. This one-hour program features live music from and stories about his last concert. Songs recorded live at Pittsburgh's Stanley Theater in Sep 1980 include "Exodus," "Could You Be Loved," "Redemption Song," "No Woman, No Cry," "Jamming" and more. Rita, Damien and Rohan Marley are interviewed, as well as Marcia Griffiths, biographer Vivien Goldman, and Doug Gebhard - a former journalist who covered the 1980 Pittsburgh show and is now a priest.

Airs Monday, February 24, 2020, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Nicole Ginsberg, Co-owner & Creator of the Museum of Intrigue, about the new interactive exhibit and adventure at Sci-Port called Adventure of Intrigue. The interactive show features “A New Way to Explore” with props, sets, puzzles, and narratives that take you through different environments, mysteries, and challenges. It is designed to bring children and adults together as they solve mysteries.

The Cattle Car Memorial to the Deportees adjacent to the Garden of the Righteous Avishai Teicher via the PikiWiki - Israel free image collection project
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Airs Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Rabbi Jana De Benedetti, from B'nai Zion Congregation, who joined him in our Noel Foundation Studios to discuss this year’s Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Services and a Literary Competition for Middle and High School students with an entry deadline of Sunday March 1, 2020, at 12 noon. Complete contest details and guidelines are available at the