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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12:00pm

Tue October 8, 2013
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: "Bus Stop" by River City Repertory Theatre

Aired Tuesday, October 8 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Jeremiah James and Patric McWilliams about River City Repertoire Theatre's upcoming production of William Inge’s Play “Bus Stop,” which opens Wednesday, October 9 at 7:30 pm at the East Bank Theater in Bossier City. For show times and ticket information visit River City Repertory Theatre of call 318-868-5888.

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11:00am

Mon October 7, 2013
San Francisco Symphony

San Francisco Symphony

Airs Monday, October 7 at 11 a.m.  On this week's concert by the San Francisco Symphony, soprano Jane Archibald and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen join the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for the A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms. The concert opens with Ich bin ein rechter Weinstock by Heinrich Schutz and also features Five Pieces for Orchestra by Arnold Schoenberg.

9:00pm

Fri October 4, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

N. Lakshmanan (L); Chitravina N. Ravikiran (Center L); Rajeev Taranath (Center R) and Abhiman Kaushal (R)
Scott Crain

Airs Friday, October 4 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll listen to new songs from Simone Dinnerstein with Tift Merritt and Sweet Honey in the Rock plus some classic cuts by John Trudell, Norah Jones and King Curtis. For Blues at the Bottom we'll flash back to Robert Johnson and we'll hear from Neil Young. Then, in our concert Hour we'll join Chitravina Ravikiran and Rajeev Taranath for a raga recorded live at the India Nights Concert 2013 and in our final hour join us as we visit with The Bricklayer's Beautiful Daughter. 

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12:00pm

Tue October 1, 2013
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: LA Film Prize 2013

Aired Tuesday, October 1 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Executive Director Gregory Kallenberg about the 2nd annual Louisiana Film Prize Festival which opens this Thursday, October 3 in downtown Shreveport. 20 Films will be screened throughout the weekend and numerous other events will fill out the festivities. For more information you can visit them on the web at LA Film Prize.  See previews for the top 20 films here.

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9:00pm

Fri September 27, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Airs Friday, September 27 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature some classic tracks from Van Morrison, Victoria Williams, and Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers plus something new from Devendra Banhart and something exotic from Huun Huur Tu and on Blues at the Bottom, Buddy Flett, Henry Gray, and Carol Fran drive it on home. In our concert set this week we four tracks from an NPR Tiny Desk concert with Lord Huron and then we travel to Austin for a SXSW concert at Momo's with Sarah Jaffe. Our Final hour is a kick up your heels set guaranteed to get your feets a movin'.

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