Give For Good:

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 April 17, 2015
Caravan

Caravan: Youth Lagoon & Kelis live from Stubbs

Airs Friday, April 17 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we feature new music from Arc Iris, Chris Thile & Michael Daves, Yarn, and the Boreal Sons plus tracks from Townes Van Zandt, Diana Krall, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Robert Deeble and Chris Thomas King. Then in our concert hour, we travel to SXSW in Austin for a double bill featuring Youth Lagoon live at Stubbs and the R & B sounds of Kelis will also be featured live from Stubbs. Then, in our final hour we'll wander to The Other side of Daybreak.

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12:00pm

Wed April 15, 2015
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Edward Albee’s The Goat or “Who IS Sylvia”

Bill Beckett was joined by Sharon Garrison and Richard Stubblefield who are featured in River City Repertoire Theatre’s production of Edward Albee’s The Goat or “Who IS Sylvia,” which opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. For more information visit online the River City Repertoire Theatre of call 318-868-5888. 

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12:00pm

Tue April 14, 2015
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: "Much Ado About Nothing" open mic poetry celebration

Bill Beckett Spoke with Ashley Havird and Carlos Colón about “Much Ado About Nothing,” an open mic event celebrating poetry and the joy of the spoken word. This even takes place in the Algur Meadows Museum on Thursday, April 16 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and at Shreve Memorial Library in Broadmoor on Wednesday, April 22 also from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  For more information, contact Bennett Sewell at 318-518-8321.

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9:00pm

Fri April 10, 2015
Caravan

Caravan: Old Crow Medicine Show

Airs Friday, April 10, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll start out with a folky bluesy first hour featuring tunes from Verlon Thompson & Guy Clark, Reverend Charley's Patent Medicine Show & Chris Thomas King, Buddy Flett & Hubert Sumlin, and we'll throw is some Townes Van Zandt & Pink Anderson as well. Then in our second hour we'll bring you a concert from the 2013 Newport Folk Festival featuring Old Crow Medicine Show and in our final hour we'll Bendin' Like a Willow Tree. 

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9:00pm

Fri April 3, 2015
Caravan

Caravan: Rod MacDonald

Rod MacDonald

Airs Friday, April 3, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we feature a brand new release from the Johnny Cash Archives plus new tunes by Paul Ruske, Arianna Savall, Anders Osbourne, Della Mae, and Antje Duvekot plus tracks from Allison Crowe, Alabama Shakes, and Curtis Mayfield. Then, in our concert hour, Rod MacDonald takes the stage at Leu Gardens in Orlando Florida, and in our final hour we "Catch this cloud" with tracks from Chelsea Lynn LaBate, Ash RA Temple, Abbie Gardner & Anthony da Costa, Jeffrey Foucault, Cat Power and the Hold Steady.

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