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. 

 

Ways to Connect

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Airs Friday, December 29, 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 DeMeent take the stage at the Newport Folk Festival, 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. 

Airs Monday, December 19, at 1 p.m. This week on the next concert by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra maestro Susanna Mälkki will take the podium and will be joined by pianist Jeremy Denk who will take on the challenges of Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 3.  The concert will open a tone poem by Griffes, the White Peacock, and we'll also hear the Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 73 by Brahms and we'll close with Petrushka by Stravinsky. 

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Airs Friday, December 9, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature new music from The Crackling, the Brooklyn Brothers, Sarah Jarosz and the Cranberries as well as the title cut from Hard Bargain by Emmylou Harris. We'll also have a spotlight on Alvin Lee on Blues at the Bottom, a blast from the past from King Curtis, and in our concert, Josh Ritter Live, and in our final hour we'll listen for The Cry of the Snow Lion.

Airs Wednesday, December 7, at 6 p.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Father Peter Mangum, Rector for the Cathedral of St John Berchmans, who joined us in our Noel Foundation Studio to discuss the “enshrined heart of Saint John Berchmans” which will travel outside of its homeland of Belgium to St. John Berchmans Cathedral in Shreveport. The Heart will arrive on Thursday, December 8th and remain on display until December 18th.

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Airs Tuesday, December 6, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Shane Rasmussen, Director for the Louisiana Folk Life Center and an Associate Professor of English at Northwest State University along with Jennifer Karle from the Cane River Children's Services about the 8th Annual Multicultural Christmas Concert, which will take place Tuesday, December 6, at 6:30 p.m., in Treen Auditorium at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches. The concert is free and donations for the Cane River Children’s Services will be accepted.

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