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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Advent Voices

Nov 29, 2016
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Airs Tuesday, November 29, at 11 a.m. Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join Lynne Warfel for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.

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Red River Radio would like to thank everyone who participated in our special fund drive, partnering with the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana.   We surpassed our goal and ended early.  Thanks to an additional partner, Dr. Ratnam Nagalla Veluvolu who made a generous contribution in memory of her husband, we were able to leverage an additional 200 food backpacks for children, bringing the total number of backpacks to 800!  We also raised at least $55,000 for Red River Radio.

Airs Monday, November 28, at 1 p.m. Our final concert by the Cleveland Orchestra this season features one work, the monumental “Stabat Mater” by Antonine Dvorak with Franz Welser-Möst leading the orchestra and chorus along with guest soloists soprano Luba Orgonasova, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston, tenor Norbert Ernst, and bass Eric Owens.

Airs Friday, November 18, 2016 at 9 p.m. A 40th anniversary celebration and exploration of "Blood on the Tracks," the Bob Dylan album voted his best in a Rolling Stone magazine fan survey.

Airs Thursday, November 17, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Jane Snyder, Past President of the Board of Christian Service in Shreveport, who joined me in our Noel Foundation Studios today to talk about this year’s annual “Poor Man’s Supper” which will take place this Sunday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m., in the Hunter Activities Building of the First United Methodist Church in downtown Shreveport.

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