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 May 10, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Airs Friday, May 10 at 9 p.m. Join us for another adventure on the Caravan this Friday when we'll listen to some new tracks from Ben Folds Five, Myshkin's Ruby Warbler, and Mia Dyson as well as some vintage cuts from Neil Young and Victoria Williams. We'll have Blues by Buddy Flett, Etta Baker, Bobby Rush, and Chris Belleau and a splash of Zydeco from Beau Jocque and The Zydeco Hi Rollers. On our concert hour we'll hear from Chris Smither ... Live at the Fur Peace Ranch and in the third hour we'll be Chasing the Westing Sun. That's the Caravan, Friday at 9 here on Red River Radio.

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11:00am

Fri May 10, 2013
India Nights 2013

Red River Radio Spotlight: India Nights 2013

Bill Beckett sits down with Sanjay Menon, Associate Professor of Managment and Marketing and Director of the Indian Studies Program at LSUS about the India Nights 2013 dinner and concert on Saturday, May 11 beginning at 5 p.m. in the University Center at LSUS. For more information you can go to the India Studies web site of call 318-797-5179.

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12:00pm

Thu May 9, 2013
ART

Red River Radio Spotlight: River City Repertory Theatre - ART

Bill Beckett talks with Blayne Weaver, Partick Kirton and Jason Guy, the three cast members featured in the new production by the River City Repertory Theatre of "ART,'  a play by Yasmina Reza, which opens tonight at 7:30 at the East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. For show times and ticket information visit the River City Repertory Theatre or call 318-868-5888.

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12:00pm

Wed May 8, 2013
RENZI Center Jazz & Blues Brunch

Red River Radio Spotlight: RENZI Center Jazz & Blues Brunch

Bill Beckett speaks with Jennifer Hill Development Director for the The Renzi Education and Art Center about their Jazz & Blues Brunch Fundraiser featuring Buddy Flett and Brady Blade, this Saturday, May May 11, at 11 am at The Shop on Southern Avenue in Shreveport. More Information is available at the Renzi Center  or at 318 - 222 - 1414. 

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9:00pm

Fri May 3, 2013
Caravan

Caravan

Airs Friday, May 3 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we feature new music by My Morning Jacket, Joy Kills Sorrow and We Are Augustine and new Blues from Dr. John and Gregg Allman. We'll also have some good ol' fun with Ticklepenny Corner, Joel Rafael and Blues Traveler and in our second hour, Verlon Thompson takes the stage. Then on Be Quiet and Play The Music, ... we take it By Theft and Illusion. That's the Caravan, Friday at 9 on Red River Radio.

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