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

Bill Beckett spoke with James LeBlanc, who along with his band The Winchesters, Nashville Star Winner Angela Hacker, and son Dylan LeBlanc, will be performing a special Homecoming Album Release Show this Sunday, July 16th, at Strange Brew, 235 Wall St. in Shreveport.  The show will begin at 7pm with an opening set by Daniel Smalley.

Airs Friday, July 14, 2017, at 7:45 a.m. This week Gary Borders discusses turning 62 and learning to Jump Rope for exercise

Airs Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett talks with Shane Rasmussen, the Director for the Louisiana Folklife Center and an Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern State University about the 38th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival, which takes place Friday & Saturday, July 14 - 15, 2017, in the Praether Coliseum on the Campus of Northwestern State University.

Airs Saturday, July 8, 2017, at 12 noon. This week The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin starring Mariusz Kwiecień as Eugene Onegin; Ana María Martínez as Tatyana; Charles Castronovo as Lensky; Alisa Kolosova as Olga; Katharine Goeldner as Mme. Larina; and Jill Grove as Filipyevna. Robert Carsen directs, Michael Black is the Chorus Master, and the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus are under the direction of Alejo Pérez.

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Airs Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at 1 p.m. A program of early music, celebrating the 4th of July with music from 18th-century New Orleans. We'll celebrate the Fourth of July on Harmonia with a trip to the Deep South. The French ensemble Le Concert Lorrain will perform excerpts from the Ursuline Manuscript, the sole-surviving collection of music from 18th-century New Orleans. A release of Michel Blavet's flute music will also be heard.  Hosted by Angela Mariani.

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