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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9:00pm

Fri August 16, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Airs Friday, August 16 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we feature music by Sandy Denny, Smithfield Fair, Harvey Reid, Dennis Dunn, Andrew Cronshaw and Brigitte DeMeyer along with Shreveport's own Barbara Jarrell and a little Van Morrison to boot. Then Daniel Smalley joins me in the studio for some song and conversation about his new release, Get On My Side. On Be Quiet and Play The Music we take a walk in Boots of Spanish Leather. Join us Friday night at 9 p.m. for the Caravan on Red River Radio.

Caravan Playlist for Friday, August 16, 2013

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6:00pm

Thu August 15, 2013
What's Bugging You

What's Bugging You

Aired Thursday, August 15 at 6 p.m. Summer is in full gear and so are the insect around us, so once again Beverly Burden, Associate Professor of Biology at LSUS and our resident Entomologist joined Bill Beckett to discuss our insect world, both friendly and fiendish. She discussed what's new in the insect world and took your calls and questions about "What's Bugging You?"

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9:00pm

Fri August 9, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Josh Hyde (L) & Buddy Flett (R)
Courtesy of Reverend Charley Photography

Airs Friday, August 9 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we feature an Americana flavor with new tracks from 3 Penny Acre, the Honey Dewdrops, and Rick Adams and some classic tracks from the Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Neil Young. We'll have  a concert set with John Wakefield & John Jordan and and a full blues concert with Buddy Flett and Josh Hyde. Then on Be Quiet and Play The Music we'll close the show with All The Pretty Little Horses. Join us for the Caravan, Friday at 9 on Red River Radio.

Caravan Playlist for Friday, August 9, 2013

12:00pm

Thu August 8, 2013
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: The Robinson Film Center Goes Digital

Aired Thursday, August 8 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett talks with Alexandyr Kent, the Executive Director of the Robinson Film Center in Shreveport, about their new state of the art Digital Projection System, the Summer Film Camps screening this weekend, and their upcoming Educational Projects.  Their summer film camps had a record year at RFC! More than 100 students gathered to make original short films. See the results August 10 for this free screening.

Read more about their Digital Upgrade.    

Read more about their education programs here.

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9:00pm

Fri August 2, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Airs Friday, August 2 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll turn the clock back a bit to 1967, 1969 and 1971 with live cuts from Janis Joplin, the Mammas & Pappas and Steppenwolf plus blues from Erin Mckeown, Buddy Flett, and Moby Grape. We'll also have new cuts from Andrew Bird and Caroline Fenn and some cool tracks from Lamb Chop and David Darling. Then in the concert hour we'll hear two from SXSW with the Choir of Young Believers and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and on Be Quiet and Play The Music we'll wander to Another Green World.

Caravan Playlist for Friday, August 2, 2013

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