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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6:00pm

Thu September 26, 2013
Health Matters

Health Matters: Early Detection of Mental Health Disorders

Aired Thursday, September 26 at 6 p.m. Early treatment of mental health disorders can help save individuals, families and possibly even the community from distress. In this Health Matters Laura Brucia Hamm, executive director for the Center for Families and Therapist Dr. Richard Price were our guests and took your questions about breaking the stigma associated with mental health disorders, early warning signs and access to mental health care. Their counseling service can be found here.

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12:00pm

Thu September 26, 2013
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Jeremiah James at River City Repertory Theatre's Cabaret Night

Jeremiah James

Aired Thursday, September 26 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Jeremiah James and Patric McWilliams about River City Repertory Theater's Cabaret night featuring Jeremiah James accompanied by Kermit Poling, Chris Allen, and Anthony Robinson. The show takes place Saturday,  September 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. If you'd like more information about this you can visit River City Repertory Theatre on line or call them at 318 - 868 - 5888.

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12:00pm

Wed September 25, 2013
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Dr. John at Glitz & Gritz 2013

Aired Wednesday, September 25 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Dr. John via phone from LA about the 2013 Glitz & Grits concert featuring Dr. John playing on the George Rodrigue Steinway Grand Piano painted with his famous Blue Dogs. Also on the concert, Windstorm playing some exciting R&B standards. For information you can visit Glitz & Gritz on the web or call 318-632-2020.

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12:00pm

Tue September 24, 2013
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: The Renzi Center's 8th Annual Bunco Bash and Silent Auction

Aired Tuesday, September 24 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Jennifer Hill, the Development Director for the Renzi Education and Art Center and Christy Kirkley, the Executive Director for the Renzi Center about their 8th Annual Bunco Bash and Silent Auction on Friday, September 27th, from 6 - 10 p.m., at the Eldorado Casino. For more information contact the Renzi Center at 318-222-1414 or visit them on the web at Renzi Center

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9:00pm

Fri September 20, 2013
Cultural, Community, Information

Caravan

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

Airs Friday, September 20 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we take a page from Randall Bramblett, Tim Easton, Paul Lee Kupfer & Ian Thomas Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, plus blues by AJ & Two Tone Blues Band, Jazzianna, and Dr. John. Then in our concert hour we travel back to India Nights 2013 for a concert featuring Rajeev Taranath and Chitravina N. Ravikiran and in our final hour we’ll walk Along the High Ridges.

Caravan Playlist for Friday, September 20, 2013

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