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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Airs Thursday, February 11, at 8 p.m. NPR News will provide live anchored, special coverage of the PBS NewsHour Democratic Debate from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This will be the first debate among the Democratic candidates following the New Hampshire Primaries.

Airs Tuesday, February 9, at 7 p.m. Ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish will host the New Hampshire special. Our coverage will feature candidate speeches, newsmaker interviews, and analysis from NPR’s National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson, Senior Washington Editor and Correspondent Ron Elving and Political Director Domenico Montanaro, along with polling insights from Democratic Pollster Anna Greenberg of Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research and Republican Pollster Patrick Ruffini of Echelon Insights.

Aired Thursday, February 4, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Logan Sledge, Professor of Theatre at Centenary College along with Aiden Poling who takes the role of Peter and Taylor Rey who class Callie in a new production of Stop Kiss which is being performed at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse at Centenary College. The play opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. with performance on Friday and Saturday. For complete details visit the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse online or call 318-869-5242.

Airs Tuesday, February 2, at 6 p.m. Once again ornithologist Cliff Shackelford, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, took 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 wbeckett@lsus.edu. We'll also post your photos and recorded sounds on our website after the show. Join us for Bird Calls and call in a 800-552-8502 with your questions.

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