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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Airs Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett speaks with Chris Allen, a double bass artists with the Shreveport Summer Music Festival, about their fifth annual Louisiana Jazz Camp which will take place the weeks of June 19 through June 24. Early Bird registration ends Wednesday, May 10. You can learn more by going to Shreveport Summer Music Festival or call 318-626-7996.

Airs Monday, April 24, 2017, at 1 p.m. This week on Carnegie Hall Live we feature Gustavo Dudamel leading the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in Ravel’s La Valse; Stravinsky’s La Sacre du Printemps; Brahms’ Hungarian Dance no. 5 in g minor; Copland’s “Hoe-Down" from Rodeo; J. Strauss Jr’s Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, op. 214; Ginastera’s "Malambo" from Estancia; Bernstein’s "Mambo" from West Side Story; Gutierrez’ "Alma llanera" from Aires de Venezuela (arr. José Terencio).

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Airs Friday, April 21, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll start the show of with a lot of brand new tracks Tearjerker and Myung Whun Chung along with Mia Dyson, Tom the Lion, and the Donkey's as well as classic cuts from Crosby Still & Nash, Erica Wheeler and Carlos Nakai. Then in our concert hour we'll go to LA for a Songwriters Summit featuring Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, and John Hiatt and for our final hour we'll follow the Road To Red Point.

Airs Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with director Aiden Poling along with Caroline Dopson who plays Marianne and Christian Roberson who plays Roland in this production of  “Constellations” by Nick Payne, which opens up at Central Art Station in Downtown Shreveport Friday, April 21, at 7:30 pm with additional performances on Saturday the 22, at 7:30 p.m. and a Matinee on Sunday, April 23, at 2 p.m.

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Airs Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at 6 p.m. Once again Dr. Beverly Burden, an Associate Professor of Biology at LSUS and our resident entomologist, joined Bill Beckett to discuss our insect world, both friendly and fiendish. We'll talk about what's new in the insect world and we'll took forward to your calls and questions about "What's Bugging You" at 800-552-8502.

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