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

Aired Tuesday, July 14, 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 36th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival, which takes place Friday & Saturday, July 17 & 18, in the Praether Coliseum on the Campus of Northwestern State University. For information about the festival, artists, and exhibits visit online The Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival or call (318) 357-4332.

Airs Friday, June 26, at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we have a lot of new tracks from Blake Mills, Harry Dean Stanton, Zella Day, Eric Bibb and Twang Darkly plus tunes from Allison Crowe, The Head and the Heart, Andrea England, and Laurie McClain. This week in our concert hour we feature Jack Williams in a house concert from 2005 and this week on Be Quite and Play The Music we'll search for some Grace.

Aired Wednesday, June 24, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett was joined by Logan Sledge, Youree McBride Jr., and Blayne Weaver about the River City Repertoire Theatre’s production of Sam Shepherd’s critically acclaimed play “True West,” which opens tonight at 7:30 at the East Bank Theatre In Bossier City. For details visit online River City Repertoire Theatre or call 318-868-5888.

Aired Tuesday, June 23, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Laura Rikard, assistant professor of theatre at SFA along with students’ Shelby Gilliam, Andee Rooney, and Travis Brasher about their SummerStage Festival productions of “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams, and the children’s favorite “The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Musical.” There will be multiple performances of each play beginning this Friday, June 26 and continuing on through July 15. All performances will be in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus. For a complete list of performance days and times visit online SFA Theatre or call them at 888-722-3396.

Martha Scanlan

Airs Friday, June 19, at 9 p.m. This week we'll hear from The Trishas, Libby Kirkpatrick, Po' Girl, The Be Good Tanyas, Townes Van Zandt, Chris Thomas King, the Mansion Family, and Postmodern Jukebox in our first hour. Then, we go to Live at the Divide in Montana for a concert with Martha Scanlan, and in our final hour, we pay visit to The Last Cathedral with Richard Shindell, Steve Earle, Andrew Vasquez, Neil Young, and Violet.

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