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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2:00pm

Mon September 9, 2013
The Jewish New Year

The Jewish New Year: Music and Inspirational Teachings from the Kabbalah

Airs Monday, September 9 at 2 p.m. Music and teachings from the Jewish mystical tradition on the High Holy Days.  Each year, on the evening of the new moon, the beginning of the month of Tishrei in the Jewish lunar calendar, Jewish people around the world begin a period of prayer and self-examination that ends, ten days later, with a twenty-four hour fast. These are the High Holy Days, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and ending with Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. These days are a time to reflect on the past year and to realign life with truth and wisdom, to prepare for a new year's challenges. In this program, Kabbalistic teacher, therapist, and author of "Sacred Therapy," Estelle Frankel and Cantor Richard Kaplan share the depths of insight accumulated by the Jewish mystical tradition of the Kabbalah. They discuss the insights in stories, teachings and music, gathered from that rich tradition.

9:00pm

Fri September 6, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Alt J, on stage at Stubbs, 2013 SXSW Music Festival
NPR

Airs Friday, September 9 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we take trip in our First Hour with Bob Tracy as he and Lee Roundtree host and hour of works by indie artist in a program they call "Black -n- Blues. Then we'll hear a concert from the 2013 South by Southwest music festival featuring Alt J on the stage at the NPR Music Showcase held in Stubbs in Austin, ... and then in our final hour we search for the "Solace of a Prayer" with tracks from Patty Griffin, Martha Scanlan, The Eric Underwood Band, Pink Floyd, Erica Wheeler, and Bob Marley.

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5:59pm

Thu September 5, 2013
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Who's Affraid of Virgina Woolf

Aired Thursday, September 6 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett is joined by Jim Cowles, Janain Pou, Rachael Lee MaGill and Missy Wise of Stage Center LA to talk about their new production of Edward Albee's award winning play, "Who's Affraid of Virgina Woolf," which opens at the East Bank Theatre in Bossier City on Friday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. For show times and ticket information contact them at (318)-218-9978 or on the web at Stage Center LA.

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12:00pm

Wed September 4, 2013
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Art Space with Alison Atkins

Artist Alison Atkins

Aired Wednesday, September 4 at 12 noon.  Bill Beckett talks with artist Alison Atkins and Casey Jones, Marketing Director for Art Space in Shreveport about the Opening Reception for a new exhibit titled “The Eyes of Juliette...A Journey of Reflection” … Paintings and Poetry by Alison Atkins, as well as the upcoming Artist Talk with David Williams and several workshops. The Reception takes place on Thursday, September 5 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. You can find more information about Alison Atkins career and works on her web site Alison Atkins Art and more about Art Space at their web site Art Space Shreveport.

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9:00pm

Fri August 23, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Iris DeMent

Airs Friday, August 23 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature music new music by Jason Isbell, Terra Naomi, Lisa Loeb, The Howling Brothers and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.... plus music from Townes Van Zandt, Allison Crowe, Roy Book Binder, Robert Earl Keen and a couple of classic tracks from The Bluebirds. This week in our Concert Hour, Iris DeMent take the stage at the Newport Folk Festival 2013, and in our final hour we'll seek answers to One Simple Question. Join us Friday at 9 for the Caravan on Red River Radio.

Caravan Playlist for Friday, August 23, 2013

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