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

Aired Wednesday, January 27, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Patric McWilliams and Ryan Williams about River City Repertoire Theatre’s new production of “Buyer and Cellar,” a one man comedy written by Jonathan Tolins, which opens tonight at 7:30 pm the East Bank Theater in Bossier City. Addition show times include this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, the 31st at 3 p.m.

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Airs Friday, January 22, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll have cuts by Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Mansion Family, Buddy Flett, Luther Allison, King Curtis, and new tracks from John Gorka and Eliza Gilkyson. In our concert hour, Sarah Jarosz takes the stage at the Newport Folk Festival, and in our final hour we're "Lost with the Lights On."

Airs Monday, January 18, at 9 p.m."Dear Martin" is jazz tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King was a jazz fan, and eloquently expressed his admiration for the music in his opening remarks to the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival.

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Airs Friday, January 15, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll open with a look back at the life and influences of David Bowie featuring tracks from The Rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust, Space Oddity, and Heroes plus track from numerous artists he collaborated with including Brian Eno, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Mott The Hoople, and more. Then, in our concert hour, another musical icon, Arlo Guthrie live on stage at the Tent Show Radio Hour Live from Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield Wisconsin and in our final hour we'll dance with the Lady in Black.

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Airs Friday, January 1, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we’ll feature music from PH Balance, Myshkin’s Ruby Warbler, Chris McCaa and Chris Allen, Rose Polenzani, Ali Farke Toure, Dave Matthews, Joe Ely and tracks from the latest release by Buddy Flett.  Then in our concert hour, Sigur Ros live from Celebrate Brooklyn, and in the final hour, we go beneath the fire. Tune in for the Caravan, Friday at 9 on Red River Radio.

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