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

Press Image / REVEREND CHARLEY'S PATENT MEDICINE SHOW

Airs Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 8 p.m. Join us for an up-tempo show featuring Reverend Charley's Patent Medicine Show with a unique blending of folk, bluegrass, and old tyme music that will start your feet shuffling. we also hope you'll help out and support Red River Radio during our end of the year membership campaign so we can continue to bring you the widest variety of great shows week after week. Call in at 800-552-8502 or pledge online.

Shreveport House Concert Series / Shreveport House Concert Series

Airs Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 8 p.m. From the Shreveport House Concert series we present Renowned Louisiana songwriter and musician David Egan, who passed away last year from cancer. David Egan was one of the state's most well-respected songwriters. he wrote music that has been performed by Joe Cocker, Percy Sledge, Tab Benoit, Irma Thomas, Etta James, Solomon Burke, Marcia Ball, Marc Broussard, and many others. David grew up in Shreveport and studied jazz and composition at the University of North Texas.

Renzi Center / Renzi Center

Airs Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Christie Rodriguez, Executive Director if the Renzi Education and Art Center, about their 12th annual Bunco Bash and Silent Auction Fundraiser on Friday, September 29 at 6 p.m.,  at the Eldorado Resort Casino in Shreveport. For more information visit The Renzi Education and Art Center or call 318-222-1414.

Bill Beckett spoke with Shane Rasmussen, the Director of the Louisiana Folk Life Center and an Associate Professors of English at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches about the 9th annual Louisiana Studies Conference which will take place this Weekend, September 22 & 23, at Northwestern State University.  If you’d like more information about the conference you can visit the Louisiana Folk Life Center or call the center at (318)-357-4332.

Press Image / Chris Smither

Airs Friday, September 22, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll hear new music from Myshkin's Ruby Warbler and Mia Dyson as well as some vintage cuts from Neil Young, Victoria Williams, Muriel Anderson, The Pines and Kris Delmhorst. On Blues at the Bottom we'll feature Buddy Flett, Etta Baker, Bobby Rush, and Chris Belleau. On our concert hour we'll hear Part 2 of a concert by Chris Smither Live at the Fur Peace Ranch and in the third hour we'll be Chasing the Westing Sun.

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