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

Airs Sunday, September 11, at 6 p.m. When students go to college, they expect to be in college classes. But in fact, 4 in 10 students end up in basic math and English, re-learning what they were supposed to learn in high school. The vast majority of them never get a college degree. What’s going on? Most people point to failures in the nation’s K-12 education system, but this documentary probes deeper, exploring how students are placed into these classes, what skills people really need to be successful in college, and how best to learn those skills.

Bill Beckett spoke with Steve Zihlavsky and Michael Futreal about their multimedia installation titled “The Court of King Skebal,” now on exhibit at the Meadows Museum of Art through October 5. This Saturday Night September 10, The Meadows will host a free artist reception for this exhibit with live music by Twang Darkly. For details contact online the Meadows Museum at or call 318–869.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Airs, Tuesday, September 13, 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. 

Airs Tuesday, September 6, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Brad Campbell, Director of the North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, about the 8th annual North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, which opens on Friday, Sept. 9th for a week-long run (Sept. 9-15) at the Robinson Film Center. For complete details visit them on line at North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival or visit the Robinson Film Center.

Guy Clark Press / Guy Clark Press

Airs Friday, September 9, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we open with tracks by the Coming Grass, Julie Miller, The Gourds, and Celtic Soul along with Dan Bern, Harvey Reid, Eric Brandt, and Robert Deeble. Then in our second hour, ... From 'Desperadoes Waitin' on a Train' - to - 'L.A. Freeway' and way beyond, we feature "West Texas 1941" - the intimate Story of Guy Clark, and this week in our final hour we go to the Meeting by the River with tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Ann Savoy & Linda Ronstadt, Jan Garbarek & Agnes Buen Garnås, Ry Cooder & Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and Jean Pierre Rampal with the Ensemble Lunaire.

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