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

Press Image / Ashley Mace Havird

Aired Monday, September 26, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Ashley Mace Havird about the release of her first novel called Lightningstruck out now in book stores. She will be holding a book signing and reading coming up at the Broadmoor branch of Shreve Memorial Library on October 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3. More info about Ashley and her works is available at her website

Press Image / Dave Mallett

Airs Friday Night at 9 p.m.  This weeks Caravan features music by Cloud Control, Nick Brumley, and Matt The Electrician, with Blues at the Bottom by Etta Baker, Kieren Kane, Xavier Rudd and a little Buddy & Julie Miller for fun. On the concert hour, Dave Mallett on the stage.

Airs Monday, September 19, at 1 p.m. On this week's concert from the Cleveland Orchestra Brett Mitchell will lead the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra in a concert featuring the “Jeremiah,” the Symphony No. 1 by Leonard Bernstein as well as a familiar favorite, Igor Stravinsky's Ballet Music to “Petrushka.” The concert will open with new music by American composer Stephen Puts and his “River’s Rush” for orchestra.

Bill Beckett spoke with Kelly Rich, Director of the Highland Area Partnership, about this year’s 13th Annual Highland Jazz and Blues Festival in Shreveport, which takes place this Saturday, September 17th, at the Highland Historic Columbia Park. For complete details visit the festival on line at Highland Jazz & Blues Fest or call 318 – 548 – 3503. That’s 318 – 548 – 3503.

Airs Tuesday, September 13, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Shane Rasmussen, the Director of the Louisiana Folk Life Center and an Associate Professors of English at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, along with Matt Petty, director of the film Lighten Up and his collaborator, David Steele. They discussed the 8th annual Louisiana Studies Conference, which will take place this Weekend, September 16 & 17, at Northwestern State University.  If you’d like more information about the conference you can visit the Louisiana Folk Life Center or call the center at (318)-357-4332.