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 July 12, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Airs Friday, July 12 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature music from Lyle Lovett, Victoria Williams, Jerry Alfred & The Medicine Beat, Joe Ely and the Allman Brothers from the Fillmore concerts. Then we sit down with Maggie Koerner and Nick Brumley to talk about their latest projects including Maggie's recent release, Neutral Ground. We'll hear some cuts from the CD and Maggie and Nick play some tunes for us in our studio's. Then, in our final hour, we'll Rejoice in hands with music from Richard Shindell, Tindersticks, Vangelis, M Ward, Joan Baez, Lambchop and some Joe Walsh to name a few.

Caravan Playlist for Friday, July 12, 2013

Listen again to my interview with Maggie Koerner & Nick Brumley here.

12:00pm

Wed July 10, 2013
Summer Jazz Camp 2013

Red River Radio Spotlight: Summer Jazz Camp 2013

Bill Beckett talks with bassist Chris Allen about the Shreveport Music Festival's 2013 Summer Jazz Camp which begin July 15 and runs through July 20. Registrations deadline has been extended and are now being accepted online at Shreveport Summer Music Festival or you can pick up an application at many area music store or stop by Red River Radio, 8675 Youree drive, Shreveport, LA 71115.  You can also contact the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum at 318 - 632 - 2020 for more information. Registrations deadline has been extended.

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2:00pm

Thu July 4, 2013
Kurt Weill Part 3

Kurt Weill: American - Part 3

From Brecht to Broadway

Airs Tuesday, July 4 at 2 p.m. After fleeing Nazi Germany, Kurt Weill came to the United States in 1935. The music he subsequently wrote in this country was important in the development of American musical theater. After Weill's death in 1950, his wife Lotte Lenya devoted herself almost exclusively to his music and established the Kurt Weill Foundation in 1962.
     To mark the 85th anniversary of Weill's best-know work, The Threepenny Opera, and the 15th anniversary of the Lotte Lenya Competition for young musical theater singers, Fascinatin' Rhythm host Michael Lasser will be joined by Kurt Weill Scholar and Foundation President Kim Kowalke for a series of three special programs that explore the composer's place in American popular music.
     The programs will explore Kurt Weill's American Songs, Kurt Weill and Popular Singers, and Kurt Weill's American Lyricists. Kurt Weill, American is funded in part by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., New York, NY.

9:00pm

Fri June 28, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Airs Friday, June 28 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, and 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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9:00pm

Tue June 25, 2013
Newport Jazz Festival

Newport Jazz Festival: Jack DeJohnette All-Stars with Jason Moran Live

Airs Tuesday, June 25 at 9 p.m. The drummer has had a busy year already, having accepted the NEA Jazz Masters award and having released a new album, Sound Travels. He continues his year-long 70th birthday celebration by assembling this ad hoc band of leading lights like guitarist Lionel Loueke and bassist Christian McBride, who are both leading their own gigs this year. Many of the Jack DeJohnette All-Stars can be heard on Sound Travels, including Jason Moran, who spars with him in a piano duet interlude.

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