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

Bill Beckett spoke with Cathie Dodson, from the Mission Marketplace, who joined me in our Noel Foundation Studios to share with us about this year’s Mission Marketplace with preview shopping tonight from 7:00-8:30 and the full market opens Tomorrow, Saturday, November 5, at 10 a.m. and will run until 2 p.m. at the Broadmoor Methodist Church located at Youree Drive and Albany in Shreveport. For more information you can call Cathie Dodson at 318-834-3314 or email Cathie at dodsons3@aol.com.

Press Image / Paul Ingles

Airs Friday, November 4, at 9 p.m. This week we'll open with a tribute to Guy Clarke titled "You Should Know Guy Clarke," and we'll follow with Ten For Glenn, a remembrance of Glenn Fry and then we'll close the program by taking the long way home with music by Daniel Lanois, Robbie Robertson, Keith Bear, The Damnations, Issa Bagayogo, The Cowboy Junkies, and Rose Polenzani.

Press Image / River City Repertoire Theater

 

Donna Green-Townsend / Used by permission

Airs Friday, October 28, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we open with a rockin' blues filled hour featuring the Memphis Rockabilly Band, the Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings, Son House, and Erin McKeown, along with Henry Gray, Arthur Adams & BB King, Deborah Coleman, and George "Harmonica" Smith. Then, in our concert hour, from Miami Florida, it's Amy Carol Web live at the Sunday Sampler Concert series, and in our final hour we visit The Plateaux of Mirror with tracks from The Wailin Jennys, Alice Coltrane, Phosphorescent, Violet, Brian Eno & Harold Budd, and Poi Dog Pondering.

Press Image / Logjam Stage Company

Airs Wednesday, October 26, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with John Daniel and Mary Beth Tucker, both from the Logjam Stage Company, about their Spooky Speakeasy which takes place this Saturday Night, October 29, at 6 pm, at Flying Heart Brewing located at 700 Barksdale Blvd in Bossier City. The night is a fund raiser for the new theater company. For detail call 318-617-9871. That’s 318-617-9871.

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