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 Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 6 p.m. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Health Matters host Dr. Sanford Katz will be joined by Dr. Jessica Wilden, neurosurgeon, to talk about advancements in care for movement disorders. This is a rebroadcast and no calls will be taken.

Airs Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Verni Howard, Executive Director of Providence House, about Sleep Out 4 Independence, a community awareness project about homelessness, which takes place this Saturday, May 6 and Sunday April 7, at Independence Stadium in Shreveport. For information or to register visit online Sleep Out 4 Independence or call 318-221-7887. 

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Airs Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at 7:45 a.m. Dr. Gary Joiner explores the deep historical importance behind Islands and why their history matters.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.

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Air Friday, April 28, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll open with two by Maggie Koerner and we'll hear from First aid Kit, Red Bird, Eric Underwood, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ali Farke Toure, Ry Cooder, Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Charlie Musselwhite, J. Edwards, and AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band. Then in our concert hour we go to Decatur, GA for a concert featuring Don Conoscenti live at Eddie's Attic and in our final hour we go from Bad Nights to Better Days with tunes by Cat Power, Jeffrey Foucault, Robert Deeble, the Hold Steady, Belle & Sebastian, and Joe Walsh.

Airs Friday, April 28, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Verni Howard, Executive Director of Providence House, about Sleep Out 4 Independence, …. A community awareness project about homelessness, which takes place this Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, at Independence Stadium in Shreveport. For information or to register visit online Sleep Out 4 Independence or call 318-221-7887.

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