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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12:00pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Angelina Arts presents the Nutcracker

Aired Tuesday, December 9 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Tracy Pinkerton, the Executive Director of the Angelina Arts Alliance, about the Nutcracker featuring the Mejia Ballet International. They will present two performance; Saturday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee performance on Sunday, December 14 at 2:30 p.m.  For more information visit them on line at Angelina Arts Alliance or 936 – 633 – 5454

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9:00pm

Fri December 5, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: The Aaron O'Rourke Trio Live

Airs Friday, December 5 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll hear from the Sons of the Never Wrong, Andrew Bird, Garrison Doles, Yael Meyer, Christina Rosenvinge, Keb Mo, Buddy Flett, AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band, The Lackadaisies, Ollabelle and Maggie Koerner. Then in our concert hour we hear a concert featuring the Aaron O'Rourke Trio ... and in our final hour we'll take "Something for the Pain" with tracks from Robert Deeble, Ida, 12 Stones, L. Subramaniam, Czeslaw Milosz, Sun Kil Moon and more.

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12:00pm

Wed November 26, 2014
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: "Inward Journey" with Elizabeth O'Bannon

Aiden Poling

Aired Wednesday, November 26 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with violinist Elizabeth O'Bannon who will present a program called “Inward Journey” featuring music by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Vivaldi, Vitali, Gluck and more, this Sunday Afternoon, November 30 at 2 p.m., at St. George Episcopal Church located at 1959 Airline Drive in Bossier City.  She’ll be joined by organist Kermit Poling and the concert is free and open to all. For more information call 318-746-2571 or visit the Events page on our web site at Red River Radio.

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9:00pm

Fri November 21, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: Brandi Carlisle Live

Airs Friday, March 29 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we'll feature some familiar sounds to open, music from Jethro Tull, plus new music from the Hat Check Girl, Allison Crow, and Louisiana's Chris Belleau. Later in our first hour, an eopic performance from Aretha Franklin. On our Concert Hour this week feature Brandi Carlisle coming to you from Bonnoroo,... and in our final hour we'll search for the lost verses. Join me Friday at 9 for the Caravan on Red River Radio.

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6:00pm

Tue November 18, 2014
Bird Calls

Bird Calls with Cliff Shackelford

Cliff Shackelford

Airs Tuesday, November 18 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. We'll also post your photos and recorded sounds on our website after the show. Join us Tuesday, November 18 at 6 p.m. for Bird Calls and call in a 800-552-8502 with your questions. 


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