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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9:00pm

Fri July 31, 2015
Caravan

Caravan: Amy Carol Webb Live

Amy Carol Webb Live at the Sunday Sampler Concert series
Photo by Donna Green-Townsend

Airs Friday, July 31, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we open with a rockin' blues filled hour featuring the Memphis Rockabilly Band, the Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings, Son House, and Erin McKeown, along with Henry Gray, Arthur Adams & BB King, Deborah Coleman, and George "Harmonica" Smith. Then, in our concert hour, from Miami Florida, it's Amy Carol Web live at the Sunday Sampler Concert series, and in our final hour we visit The Plateau of Mirror with tracks from The Wailin' Jennys, Alice Coltrane, Phosphorescent, Violet, Brian Eno & Harold Budd, and Poi Dog Pondering. 

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11:00am

Mon July 27, 2015
Jesus Christ Superstar

Red River Radio Spotlight: Jesus Christ Superstar at Stage Center

Aired Monday, July 27 at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with music director Missy Wise along with Isaac Haas, who plays the role of Judas Iscariot in Stage Center’s new production of Jesus Christ Superstar which Opens this Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Emmet Hook Center in Shreveport. You can find complete details online at StageCenter or by calling (318) 218-9978.  That’s (318) 218-9978.

9:00pm

Fri July 24, 2015
Caravan

Caravan: Rory Block Live at the Fur Peace Ranch

Airs Friday, July 24 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we'll feature new tracks from Katie Glassman and Snapshot, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Molly Tuttle and John Mailander, Yarn, and The Royal Oui, plus tunes from Steve Earl, J. Wagner, Terra Naomi, Allison Crowe, and Sarah Jaroz. Then in our concert hour we feature Rory Block recorded live at the Fur Peace Ranch and in our final hour we are rejoicing in the hands.

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6:00pm

Tue July 21, 2015
Bird Calls

Bird Calls with Cliff Shackelford

Cliff Shackelford

Aired Tuesday, July 21, 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.

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9:00pm

Fri July 17, 2015
Caravan

Caravan: Sarah Jarosz live at Newport

Airs Friday, July 17 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll have cuts by Credence Clearwater Revival, the Mansion Family, Buddy Flett, Luther Allison, King Curtis, and new tracks from John Gorka and Eliza Gilkyson. In our concert hour, Sarah Jarosz takes the stage at the Newport Folk Festival, and in our final hour we're "Lost with the Lights On."

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