Bill Beckett

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. 

 

Airs Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 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.

Airs Monday, April 24, 2017, at 1 p.m. This week on Carnegie Hall Live we feature Gustavo Dudamel leading the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in Ravel’s La Valse; Stravinsky’s La Sacre du Printemps; Brahms’ Hungarian Dance no. 5 in g minor; Copland’s “Hoe-Down" from Rodeo; J. Strauss Jr’s Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, op. 214; Ginastera’s "Malambo" from Estancia; Bernstein’s "Mambo" from West Side Story; Gutierrez’ "Alma llanera" from Aires de Venezuela (arr. José Terencio).

Airs Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at 8 p.m.  Join us Monday night for some raucous fun filled with rhythms, harmonies, and a healthy dose of Clarinet with Slydell & the Slippery Slope featuring Brian Rogers - guitar/vocals; Phillip Bradbury - clarinet; Steve Benton - Bass/vocals; and Kyle Martin - lap slide/vocals. Tune in a help support the arts on Red River Radio at 800-552-8502 or online here. 

Airs Monday, April 10, 2017, at 8 p.m. Twang Darkly returns to Red River Radio for a live performance of their unique blend of original instrumental music that has been described as "Rural Space Music." Twang Darkly features Michael Futreal on Appalachian dulcimer, banjo, gourdtar, guitar, harmonica, flute, and suchlike; Lane Bayliss on drums; and Joel Boultinghouse on the big ol' string bass and electric guitars.

Airs Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 8:00 p.m.  Joins us for a lively blues show with Buddy Flett, live on Red River Radio. He returns with a basket full of great blues to help Red River Radio raise the money we need to continue for the next year. Tune in for a great night of live music and help us out with your calls and pledges at 800-552-8502 or pledge on line here.

Airs Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 8 p.m. Join us once again for an electrified performance AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band take to the air waves. AJ and the Two Tone Blues Band have maintained a prestigious career over the years and have played the Sonny Boy Blues Society Battle of the Bands Competition, the King Biscuit Blues Festival and the International Blues Competition in Memphis. They are well know throughout the region and always inject high voltage into our pledge drives. Tune in for this exciting show and make your pledge at 800-552-8502 or On Line Now Here.

Airs Friday, March 17, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week we open with a blues inspired album and a center piece remembrance of Jerry Beach featuring some Buddy Flett, Albert King, Government Mule, the Alman Brothers, and of course Jerry Beach. Then in our concert hour we visit with BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet - Live at Southwest Stages and this week in our final hour we'll lament the absence of angels. Join me Friday night at 9 for the Caravan on Red River Radio.

Airs Friday, March 10, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we feature a couple of cool film songs from the movie "A Love song For Bobby Long" and we'll catch some Angels Falling with Neil Young. Twang Darkly will take us delving and we'll follow The Neville Brothers down a long dark road and Warren Wilken will bring us on home. In our second hour we'll have a concert by Pierce Pettis recording at the Second Street Bakery, and tonight in our final hour we'll visit with "A Natural Man."

Airs Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 7 p.m.  NPR and WNYC present a special hour of coverage to set up this important moment in President Trump’s early presidency. This coverage is intended to provide listeners with context for the night’s speech by placing the speech inside the framework of America in a time of seismic change. This special will be a one-hour call-in program hosted by WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and featuring conservative commentator and talk radio host Charlie Sykes. 

Magnolia Mae Live

Oct 5, 2016

Airs Wednesday, October 5, at 8 p.m. Join us for a live concert featuring  Roots Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass with Magnolia Mae featuring John Falco Garcia on Guitar, Banjo and Vocals; Melissa Garcia on Vocals; Wes Hamilton on Fiddle and Vocals; and Brandon McComic on Bass. They will keep your feet tapping while helping Red River Radio raise revenue to keep the music coming. Call in during the show at 800-552-8502 or donate online here: DONATE NOW

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