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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9:00pm

Fri February 22, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Airs Friday, February 22 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we'll start with a blast from the past featuring the Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers and we'll also have new music by Craig Finn and Caveman plus blues from Little Freddie King, Buddy Flett and Otis Taylor and something from India with the flute master Hariprasad Chaurasia. On our concert set, it's a double bill featuring Fiona Apple and Sharon Van Etten, recorded live at SXSW. 

Caravan Playlist for Friday, February 22, 2013

9:00pm

Fri February 15, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Airs Friday, February 8 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we present two special hour long profiles of two stellar artists, Sam Cooke and Buddy Guy. Then at 11 a.m. a music tribute to the Prince of Darkness.... Mile Davis, who's ability to enfold the blue note into his horn playing is unmatched by any.

Caravan Playlist for Friday, February 8, 2013

10:01am

Thu February 14, 2013
11:01 Spotlight

10:01 Spotlight: River City Repertoire Theatre presents "8".

Bill Beckett talks with Patric McWilliams from River City Repertoire Theatre about the staged reading of "8", a documentary play by Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black (MILK). This is a One Night Only presentation at the Karpeles Museum, on Friday night, February 15 at 7:30 p.m.   For more information go to River City Repertoire Theatre or call 318-868-5888.

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7:00pm

Sat February 9, 2013
Zydeco Nation

Zydeco Nation

Airs Saturday, February 9 at 7 p.m.   Zydeco Nation is an hour-long, music-rich documentary that tells the story about an epic chapter in modern American history. Starting during World War II, French-speaking Louisiana Creoles began moving across the country to Northern California in search of both jobs and freedom. They were part of the Great Migration: the movement of six million African Americans from the Jim Crow South to the big cities of the West, North, and Midwest starting in 1915.

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9:00pm

Fri February 8, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Airs Friday, February 8 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature some new music from a brand new band out of England called One Mile An Hour and ethereal music for the African Kora, bass and Trumpet from Ablaye Cissoko. Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Chris Smither will be featured as well as Shreveport’s own Twang Darkly. Plus we have a live concert featuring Nora Jones. Join us this Friday night at 9 pm for the Caravan... here on Red River Radio.

Caravan Playlist for Friday, February 8, 2013

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