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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Airs Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 8 p.m. Join us once again for an electrified performance AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band take to the air waves. AJ and the Two Tone Blues Band have maintained a prestigious career over the years and have played the Sonny Boy Blues Society Battle of the Bands Competition, the King Biscuit Blues Festival and the International Blues Competition in Memphis. They are well know throughout the region and always inject high voltage into our pledge drives. Tune in for this exciting show and make your pledge at 800-552-8502 or On Line Now Here.

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Airs Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Blues master Kenny Wayne Shepherd about “The Rides,” a Blues Super Group for our age that is coming to the Strand this Saturday Night, April 1, at 8pm.  The Rides brings together the talents of Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg along with a superb backing band. For complete details you can visit the Strand Theater at www.thestrandtheatre.com or call the box office at 318-226-8555.

Airs Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett, director Twyla Robinson, along with Sierra Worman and Aiden Poling, who will appear in Centenary Colleges upcoming production of the musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” by William Finn. This production opens Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 pm at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, with performance Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2 pm. For complete detail visit online www.centenary.edu/playhouse or call 318-869-5242.

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Airs Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 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 Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 6 p.m. Tune in for Health Matters this week as Dr. Randall Brewer hosts and will talk about kidney diseases and disorders . Joining him in the studio will be Dr. Elizabeth Harrell, uruologist; Dr. Gerardo Negron, infectious disease physician, and we’ll also have a nephrologist from LSUHSC. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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