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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 December 12, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit at Newport Folk

Airs Friday, January 25 at 9 pm. This week on the Caravan we’ll feature a lot of new tracks from bands like Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and Black Prairie, the Alabama Shakes and the Be Good Tanyas as well as some new blues from Dr. John, Mavis Staples and Shreveport’s own Professor Porkchop and the dishes. During our concert hour we’ll feature First Aid Kit, recorded live At the Newport Folk Festival, and this week in our final hour we ponder some Parables & Primes.

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12:00pm

Wed December 10, 2014
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Bill Beckett spoke with Soprano Martha Hollier about the second annual Christmas Concert which takes place this Saturday, December 13 at 3 pm in the Singing Pines Recreational Complex of Hosston, located at 14905 Oak St. Hosston, LA. The concert is free and open to all. For more info visit our area events page at Red River Radio.

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12:00pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Angelina Arts presents the Nutcracker

Aired Tuesday, December 9 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Tracy Pinkerton, the Executive Director of the Angelina Arts Alliance, about the Nutcracker featuring the Mejia Ballet International. They will present two performance; Saturday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee performance on Sunday, December 14 at 2:30 p.m.  For more information visit them on line at Angelina Arts Alliance or 936 – 633 – 5454

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9:00pm

Fri December 5, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: The Aaron O'Rourke Trio Live

Airs Friday, December 5 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll hear from the Sons of the Never Wrong, Andrew Bird, Garrison Doles, Yael Meyer, Christina Rosenvinge, Keb Mo, Buddy Flett, AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band, The Lackadaisies, Ollabelle and Maggie Koerner. Then in our concert hour we hear a concert featuring the Aaron O'Rourke Trio ... and in our final hour we'll take "Something for the Pain" with tracks from Robert Deeble, Ida, 12 Stones, L. Subramaniam, Czeslaw Milosz, Sun Kil Moon and more.

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12:00pm

Wed November 26, 2014
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: "Inward Journey" with Elizabeth O'Bannon

Aiden Poling

Aired Wednesday, November 26 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with violinist Elizabeth O'Bannon who will present a program called “Inward Journey” featuring music by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Vivaldi, Vitali, Gluck and more, this Sunday Afternoon, November 30 at 2 p.m., at St. George Episcopal Church located at 1959 Airline Drive in Bossier City.  She’ll be joined by organist Kermit Poling and the concert is free and open to all. For more information call 318-746-2571 or visit the Events page on our web site at Red River Radio.

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