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

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Airs Friday, July 7, 2017 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll start out with a folky bluesy first hour featuring tunes from Verlon Thompson & Guy Clark, Reverend Charley's Patent Medicine Show & Chris Thomas King, Buddy Flett & Hubert Sumlin, and we'll throw is some Townes Van Zandt & Pink Anderson as well. Then in our second hour we'll bring you a concert featuring Jason Isbell at The Newport Folk Festival and in our final hour we'll Bendin' Like a Willow Tree.

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Airs Friday, June 30, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week we start with some broken things with music by Julie Miller, Patty Griffin, Erin McKeown, and Joe Walsh, plus a little Kava Kava, John Trudell, CCR, and East Mountain South. Then in our second hour, its a Wonderful Crazy Night with Elton John, and in hour final hour we explore Circles Of Sorrow with music from Sun Kil Moon, Nina Nastasia, Bonnie Prince Billy, Leonard Cohen, Jon Anderson, and Tim Buckley.

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Airs Thursday, June 22, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Blayne Weaver who stars in the role of Black Stache in Stage Center’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher, which open up Thursday June 22, at 7:30 pm at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse in Shreveport. Show times extend through this weekend and next and additional information can be found at Stage Center or by calling 318-218-9978.

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Airs Friday, June 23, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll hear from Andra Day, Lyle Lovett, Andrew Vasquez, Eric Underwood & Eladia, Andrew Cronshaw and Steve Earle, plus blues by Jazzianna, Chris McCaa and Chris Allen, and a touch for the Dark from Guy Clark. In our 2nd hour, we visit with Pink Floyd, the Early Years and in our Final hour we'll tend to Candles in The Rain with tracks by Will Taylor & Barbara K., Lambchop, Turin Brakes, Holopaw, Nick Drake, Myshkin, M Ward, and the Hold Steady.

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Airs Friday, June 16, 2017. at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we’ll feature a tracks from bands like Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and Black Prairie, the Alabama Shakes and the Be Good Tanyas as well as some new blues from Dr. John, Mavis Staples and Shreveport’s own Professor Porkchop and the dishes. During our live set in the second hour, First Aid Kit live At the Newport Folk Festival, and in our final hour we'll Rise Up and Be Lonely.

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