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. 

 

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12:00pm

Tue December 3, 2013
Multi-Cultural Christmas

Red River Radio Spotlight: 5th Annual NSU Multi-Cultural Christmas Concert

Bill Beckett speaks with Shane Rasmussen, Director of the  Louisiana Folklife Center along with Jennifer Karle, CEO at Cane River Children’s Services in Natchitoches and Angie Corville, the HR Manager for Cane River Children’s Services. They present a Multi-Cultural Christmas tonight, December 3rd at 7 p.m. in Treen Auditorium on the Campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. Information available at Louisiana Folklife Center or at (318) 357-4332. To contact call 318-352-9349.

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1:00pm

Mon December 2, 2013
Big Band Concert & Clinic

Red River Radio Spotlight: Big Band Concert & Clinic

Bill Beckett spoke with John Howe from the American Federation of Musicians Local 116 about the third annual Big Band Concert and Clinic which takes place Tuesday, December 3 at 7 p.m. at Airline High School in Bossier City. The concert is free for all high school and younger students and $10 for adults with proceeds going toward an endowment account for a Scholarship fund. For more information contact The Band House at 318-868-0522.

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11:00am

Sun November 24, 2013
San Francisco Symphony

San Francisco Symphony

Airs Monday, November 25 at 11 a.m. This week on the San Francisco Symphony broadcast Pablo Heras-Casado will lead the orchestra in concert of Stravinsky, Ravel, Dallapiccola, Falla and Schumann. He'll be joined on stage by pianist Khatia Duniatishvili and flamenco singer Marina Heredia. The concert opens with the Concert in E-flat Major for Chamber by Stravinsky and then Khatia Duniatishvili will be featured in Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major. Music by Dallapiccola follows with his Piccola musica notturna and the Manuel de Falla's El amor brujo featuring flamenco singer Marina Heredia. The concert will close with Schumann's Symphony No.l, Op. 38, Spring.

9:00pm

Thu November 21, 2013
Cultural, Community, Information

Caravan

Airs Friday. November 22 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we feature music by Cloud Control, Nick Brumley, and Matt The Electrician, with Blues at the Bottom by Etta Baker, Kieren Kane, Xavier Rudd and a little Buddy & Julie Miller for fun. On the concert hour, Dave Mallett takes the stage, and on Be Quite and Play the Music, it really is just a short, short time.

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9:00pm

Fri November 15, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Airs Friday, November 15 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we'll start with a blast from the past featuring the Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers and we'll also have new music by Craig Finn and Caveman plus blues from Little Freddie King, Buddy Flett and Otis Taylor and something from India with the flute master Hariprasad Chaurasia. On our concert set, it's a double bill featuring Fiona Apple and Sharon Van Etten, recorded live at SXSW. 

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