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

Airs Monday, September 19, at 1 p.m. On this week's concert from the Cleveland Orchestra Brett Mitchell will lead the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra in a concert featuring the “Jeremiah,” the Symphony No. 1 by Leonard Bernstein as well as a familiar favorite, Igor Stravinsky's Ballet Music to “Petrushka.” The concert will open with new music by American composer Stephen Puts and his “River’s Rush” for orchestra.

Bill Beckett spoke with Kelly Rich, Director of the Highland Area Partnership, about this year’s 13th Annual Highland Jazz and Blues Festival in Shreveport, which takes place this Saturday, September 17th, at the Highland Historic Columbia Park. For complete details visit the festival on line at Highland Jazz & Blues Fest or call 318 – 548 – 3503. That’s 318 – 548 – 3503.

Airs Tuesday, September 13, at 12 noon. 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, along with Matt Petty, director of the film Lighten Up and his collaborator, David Steele. They discussed the 8th annual Louisiana Studies Conference, which will take place this Weekend, September 16 & 17, 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.

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Airs Friday, September 16, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we open with an hour about love and the troubles, trials, and joy it may bring. We'll hear tunes by John Anderson, Chris Smither, Destination Still Unknown, Marie Nofsinger, Sam Pacetti, and the Rolling Stones. In our concert hour we Join Neko Case live at Disney Concert Hall and in our final hour we wander In Between Dreams. Join Me Friday at 9 for the Caravan on Red River Radio.

Airs Sunday, September 11, at 6 p.m. When students go to college, they expect to be in college classes. But in fact, 4 in 10 students end up in basic math and English, re-learning what they were supposed to learn in high school. The vast majority of them never get a college degree. What’s going on? Most people point to failures in the nation’s K-12 education system, but this documentary probes deeper, exploring how students are placed into these classes, what skills people really need to be successful in college, and how best to learn those skills.

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