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 September 26, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: Jack Williams Live

Jack Williams
Jack Williams Press

Airs Friday, September 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.

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9:00pm

Fri September 19, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: Iris Dement at Newport Folk Festival

Airs Friday, September 19 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature music 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 Dement take the stage at the Newport Folk Festival 2013, 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.

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6:00pm

Tue September 16, 2014
Bird Calls

Bird Calls with Cliff Shackelford

Airs Tuesday,  September 16 at 6 p.m. Once again Ornithologist Cliff Shackelford, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will take questions about all our feathered friends on "Bird Calls" from Red River Radio. If you have a photo or the recorded sound of a bird that you'd like Cliff to research and identify for this show please send them to wbeckett@lsus.edu and we'll ask Cliff to help identify the bird. We'll also post your photos and recorded sounds on our website after the show.

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9:00pm

Fri September 12, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: Smithfield Fair Live in the RRR Studios

Dudley-Brian Smith on guitar and Jan Smith on accordion and vocals
Bill Beckett Red River Radio

Friday, September 12 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we’ll hear from the Secret Sisters, John Trudell, Robert Deeble, and Alex De Grassi with blues from Billy Holiday, James Cotton, Joe Pug, and Charles Brown. For our concert hour we invited Smithfield Fair to join us in our studio for some live music and conversation and during our final hour we’ll find that “This Too Shall Pass” with music by Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, Danny Schmidt, Lou Reed & John Cale, Diane Ward, Jack Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, and Government Mule.

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12:00pm

Tue September 9, 2014
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: "All Y'all" - Under The Influence

Aired Tuesday, September 9 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Chris Jay and Sara Hebert about “All Y’all”, a live storytelling on the theme of Under The Influence. This live story telling event will take place on Saturday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse on the Campus of Centenary College. For more information about this event contact “All Y'All Blog dot com.”  If you or someone you knows needs help with alcohol or drug addiction please contact the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse of Northwest Louisiana at 318-222-8511. 

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