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

Paola Kudacki / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 12 noon. The 2017-18 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Cendrillon, Jules Massenet’s 1899 operatic adaptation of the classic Cinderella story, in its first network broadcast from the Met stage. Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role, opposite mezzo-soprano Alice Coote as Prince Charming.

Airs Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 6 p.m. Every day millions of people turn to dating apps to find love. More than 49 million Americans have given digital dating a try, and the companies facilitating these matches are raking in billions. But are dating apps really designed to promote long-lasting romance? Some argue that dating apps ultimately create a culture that prioritizes sex over committed and lasting love. After all, why settle on one match when there may be someone better just a swipe away?

Shreveport Little Theater / Shreveport Little Theater

Airs Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Blaine Weaver who is featured as George and Logan Sledge who directs a new production of Steinbeck’s “Of Mice & Men,” at the Shreveport Little Theater, opening up Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 pm with multiple show times this week and next. All performances take place at the little theater located at 812 Margaret Place in Shreveport.

Airs Friday, April 20, 2018, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll hear new tunes from The Royal Oui, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, and the Alabama Shakes plus a couple from Julie Miller and Allison Crowe. We'll also talk with Monty Brown who gives us a Profile of Jesse Thomas & Leonard "Peaches" Sterling on Blues at the Bottom and we'll feature Steve Howell and the Mighty Men in our studio to talk about and play some tunes from their latest release, called "Yes, I Believe I Will."

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