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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6:00pm

Tue April 21, 2015
What's Bugging You?

What's Bugging You? for April 21, 2015

Airs Tuesday, April 21 at 6 p.m. As spring struggles to actually arrive and as we hope for summer is just around the corner, we thought it time for another edition of What's Bugging You with Dr. Beverly Burden, Associate Professor of Biology at LSUS and our resident Entomologist. She'll join Bill Beckett for a conversation about our insect world, both friendly and fiendish. Tune if for what's new in the insect world and call in with your questions at 800-552-8502

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9:00pm

Fri April 17, 2015
Caravan

Caravan: Youth Lagoon & Kelis live from Stubbs

Airs Friday, April 17 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we feature new music from Arc Iris, Chris Thile & Michael Daves, Yarn, and the Boreal Sons plus tracks from Townes Van Zandt, Diana Krall, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Robert Deeble and Chris Thomas King. Then in our concert hour, we travel to SXSW in Austin for a double bill featuring Youth Lagoon live at Stubbs and the R & B sounds of Kelis will also be featured live from Stubbs. Then, in our final hour we'll wander to The Other side of Daybreak.

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11:00am

Fri April 17, 2015
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: The Wrecking Crew at the Robinson Film Center

Bill Beckett spoke with bassist Joe Osborn, member of the legendary Wrecking Crew, about the documentary with the same title, chronicling these legendary musicians and the music they made. This documentary opens today at the Robinson Film Center with multiple showing throughout the coming week. For complete details visit online the Robinson Film Center or call 318-459-4122.

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12:00pm

Wed April 15, 2015
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Edward Albee’s The Goat or “Who IS Sylvia”

Bill Beckett was joined by Sharon Garrison and Richard Stubblefield who are featured in River City Repertoire Theatre’s production of Edward Albee’s The Goat or “Who IS Sylvia,” which opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. For more information visit online the River City Repertoire Theatre of call 318-868-5888. 

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12:00pm

Tue April 14, 2015
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: "Much Ado About Nothing" open mic poetry celebration

Bill Beckett Spoke with Ashley Havird and Carlos Colón about “Much Ado About Nothing,” an open mic event celebrating poetry and the joy of the spoken word. This even takes place in the Algur Meadows Museum on Thursday, April 16 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and at Shreve Memorial Library in Broadmoor on Wednesday, April 22 also from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  For more information, contact Bennett Sewell at 318-518-8321.

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