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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6:00pm

Tue June 17, 2014
What's Bugging You

What's Bugging You

Airs Tuesday, June 17 at 6 p.m. Once again Dr. Beverly Burden, an Associate Professor of Biology at LSUS and our resident entomologist will join Bill Beckett to discuss our insect world, both friendly and fiendish. We'll talk about what's new in the insect world and we'll took forward to your calls and questions about "What's Bugging You" at 800-552-8502.

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9:00pm

Fri June 13, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: Lyle Lovett's Songwriters Summit with Guy Clark, Joe Ely, and John Hiatt

Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Joe Ely, and Guy Clark

Airs Friday, June 13 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll start the show of with a lot of brand new tracks Tearjerker and Myung Whun Chung along with Mia Dyson, Tom the Lion, and The Donkeys as well as classic cuts from Crosby Still & Nash, Erica Wheeler and Carlos Nakai. Then in our concert hour we'll go to LA for a Songwriters Summit featuring Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, and John Hiatt and for our final hour we'll follow the Road To Red Point.

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12:00pm

Thu June 12, 2014
India Night 2014

Red River Radio Spotlight: India Night 2014

Aired Thursday, June 12 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Dr. Sanjay Menon. He is he Director of the Indian Studies Program and an Associate Professor of Management and Marketing at LSUS. They spoke about “India Night 2014,” which will take place this Saturday Night, June 14 starting at 5 pm, at the University Center Theatre on the LSUS Campus. For more information call 318-797-5179 or online at India Nights 2014.  

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7:35am

Thu June 12, 2014
Commentary

What Was I Thinking for June 12, 2014

Brian O'Nuanain

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain despairs over the way political theatre continues to slouch toward the absurd.

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9:00pm

Fri June 6, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: The Aaron O'Rourke Trio Live

Aaron O'Rourke

Airs Friday, May 6 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll hear from the Sons of the Never Wrong, Andrew Bird, Garrison Doles, Yael Meyer, Christina Rosenvinge, Keb Mo, Buddy Flett, AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band, The Lackadaisies, Ollabelle and Maggie Koerner. Then in our concert hour we hear a concert featuring the Aaron O'Rourke Trio ... and in our final hour we'll take "Something for the Pain" with tracks from Robert Deeble, Ida, 12 Stones, L. Subramaniam, Czeslaw Milosz, Sun Kil Moon and more.

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