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

Meagan Beauchemin / NPR

Airs Friday, April 13, 2018, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature some familiar sounds to open with a couple of classic cuts by Jethro Tull, plus tracks from Hat Check Girl, Allison Crow, and Chris Belleaun, and we'll toss in some Aretha Frankin to boot. Then in our concert hour we travel to the Newport Folk Festival for a concert featuring Tift Merrit, and this week in our final hour we Fly over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Airs Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 6 p.m This special edition brings together the Forces of Entomology and Ornithology in this special edition of Bird Calls & What’s Bugging You, with Ornithologist Cliff Shackelford from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Dr. Beverly Burden, an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at LSU Shreveport. They will take your calls about the Avian and Insect worlds on Tuesday, April 10, at 6 p.m.

The Lonesome Heroes / The Lonesome Heroes

Airs April 6, 2018, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Rich Russell, Vocals & Guitar with the The Lonesome Heroes, who will be featured this Sunday night at 7 p.m. on the next Shreveport House Concert, at 1508 Fairfield Ave, in Shreveport. For ticket information contact the Shreveport House Concert on line at or call 318-670-3567.

Paola Kudacki / Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 12 noon. The 2017-18 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Così fan tutte, Mozart’s comedy about love and fidelity. Amanda Majeski and Serena Malfi are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, unwitting victims of an elaborate hoax; Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara is their conniving maid, Despina; Ben Bliss and Adam Plachetka are their fiancés Ferrando and Guglielmo, who conspire to test the sisters’ fidelity; and Christopher Maltman is the cynical mastermind Don Alfonso. David Robertson conducts.

Press / Brian Blade

Airs Friday, March 30, 2018, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we open with a hour long profile of Brian Blade featuring an interview conducted by Alan Dyson and Robert Trudeau who explore just some of his musical output and collaborations plus word from Brian on his life's journey. Musical selection feature Brian as drummer on each including music by Norah Jones, Iron & Wine, Bob Dylan, Daniel Lanois, Charlie Haden, Joni Mitchell, Wayne Shorter, and his own group, Brian Blade & Fellowship Band. In our second hour we'll hear a concert by Steve Earl recorded Live at the Fur Peace Ranch, and in our final hour we'll wade In streams of the spring.

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