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

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Airs, Tuesday, November 15, at 6 p.m. Once again ornithologist Cliff Shackelford, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will be on hand to take your questions about all our feathered friends on "Bird Calls" from Red River Radio. If you have a photo or the recorded sound of a bird that you'd like Cliff to research and identify for the show please send them to wbeckett@lsus.edu. We'll also post your photos and recorded sounds on our website after the show. Join us for Bird Calls and call in a 800-552-8502 with your questions.    

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Airs Tuesday, November 8, at 7:45 a.m. Commentator Gary Joiner examines the African Diaspora, AKA Slavery. History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.

Airs Friday, November 12, at 11 a.m. That was American artist Steve Kurtz along with Dr. Lisa J. Nicoletti, co-director of the Meadows Museum of Art who joined me in our Noel Foundation Studios to discuss "Acceptable Losses," and exhibit at the Meadows. This exhibition examines which forms of human sacrifice are acceptable within U.S. society and which are not and questions what informs public policy governing our country's responses to death. This exhibit is now on display until January 22, 2017 and this evening at 7 p.m.

Airs Thursday, November 10, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Chris Jay and Sara Hebert about the upcoming “All Y’all” live storytelling show on the theme of Haunted. This will take place this Saturday night, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Remington Suite Hotel & Spa in downtown Shreveport. For more information you can go to the All Y’all blog at www.  “All Y’all” or call 318-272-7949.  That’s 318-272-7949. 

Airs Tuesday, November 8, at 7 p.m. NPR News and Red River Radio bring you complete Election night coverage of the 2016 General Election. NPR hosts Robert Siegel, Audie Cornish, Rachel Martin, and Ari Shapiro will co-host our Special Coverage from NPR headquarters in Washington, DC.  The program will feature speeches, newsmaker interviews, reports from candidate sites, and analysis from NPR's Political Team.Throughout the night, the NPR politics team will provide live updates on election returns and analysis of the results.

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