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

Thu July 25, 2013
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: The Blue Shadows reunion show

The Blue Shadows in the RRR Noel Foundation studio
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Bill Beckett sit down with Alan Tooraen, Jim Hardey, Jeff Stewart, and Jack Leon, all member of Blue Shadows, a Shreveport based teen band that played Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi from 1965 - 1968. They are in town for a reunion show at Chickey's Boom Boom Room and Oyster House on Texas avenue in Shreveport. The show starts at 9 p.m. this Saturday, July 27.

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9:00pm

Fri July 19, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Harvey Reid at Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida

Airs Friday, July 19 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we feature classic cuts from Neil Young & David Crosby, some R&B infused music from Pablo Cruise and some African inspired grooves from Regina Carter plus new country blues from the Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Lonesome River Band. We'll also hear from Darien Brahms, Robert Deeble, Dave Van Ronk, the Neville Brothers and Allison Crowe. This weeks concert feature Harvey Reid on stage in a blues and folk infused show with a touch of gospel and in our final hour we travel to Silium's Hill.

Caravan Playlist for Friday, July 19, 2013

12:00pm

Thu July 18, 2013
Louisiana Folk Festival

Red River Radio Spotlight: NSU Louisiana Folk Festival 2013

Aired Thursday, July 18 at 12 noon.  Bill Beckett talks with Shane Rasmussen, the Director for the Louisiana Folklife Center and an Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern State University about the 34th annual Louisiana Folk Festival which takes place Friday & Saturday, July 19 & 20 in Praether Coliseum on the Campus of Northwestern State University. For information about the festival, artists, and exhibits visit their web site at NSU Louisiana Folk Festival or call (318) 357-4332.

See the Schedule here         Fiddle Championship Entry Forms  

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12:00pm

Wed July 17, 2013
A Taste Of Culture

Red River Radio Spotlight: A Taste Of Culture

Aired Wednesday, July 17 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett talks with Janice Gatlin, Director of the Multicultural Center of the South, and Ebru Waters, Chairman for a Taste of Culture, which takes place this Saturday, July 20, beginning at 6 pm at Diamond Jack’s Casino in Bossier City. For information about this event and the Multicultural Center of the South you can visit their website at www.mccsouth.org or call (318) 424-1380.

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12:00pm

Tue July 16, 2013
Summer Jazz Camp 2013

Red River Radio Spotlight: Summer Jazz Camp 2013

Bill Beckett speaks with Chris Allen, a double bass artists with the Shreveport Summer Music Festival, about their first ever Louisiana Jazz Camp which will culminate this Friday and Saturday with concerts at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum Auditorium. For more information about the camp and these concerts contact the Shreveport Summer Music Festival or the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum at 318 - 632 - 2020

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