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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10:01am

Thu September 27, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

10:01 Spotlight: Baby with the Bathwater

Bill Beckett talks with Emily Heugatter, Assistant Professor of Theatre and the Director of this production, and Jordan Fell and Josh Rabalais, who play the parents in the zany and touching dark comedy Baby with the Bathwater by Christopher Durang. This play kicks off the 2012-13 main stage season at Centenary’s Marjorie Lyons Playhouse. Opening night is Friday, September 28 at 8:00 p.m.  Show times and ticket information can be found at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse here.

10:01am

Wed September 26, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

10:01 Spotlight: Sleepwalk With Me at the Robinson Film Center

Bill Beckett talks with Alexander Kent, Executive Director of  The Robinson Film Center about the award winning comedy Sleepwalk With Me, staring Mike Birbiglia and co-written and produced by This American Life's Ira Glass, which opens this Friday at the Robinson. Find out more by visiting the Robinson's Web Site Here

10:01am

Thu September 20, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

10:01 Spotlight - 4th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference

Dr. Shane Rasmussen, Director of the Louisiana Folklife Center and Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches about the 4th Annual Louisiana Studies Conference which takes place Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22 in Magale Recital Hall on the NSU Campus. One of the topics this year includes the life and paintings of Clementine Hunter. Information available at the Louisiana Folklife Center.

Related Story: Biography gives fresh insight into artist Clementine Hunter

10:01am

Fri September 14, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

10:01 Spotlight: Giovanni de Chiaro

Bill Beckett talks with Classical Guitarist Giovanni de Chiaro who will perform a recital as part of the new performance series at St. George's Episcopal Church in Bossier City this Sunday Afternoon at 2:00 p.m.  The Church is located at 1959 Airline Dr.  in Bossier City. The concert is free and open to all and Free Will Offerings will be accepted. 

11:42am

Thu September 13, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

10:01 Spotlight: Dodging The Bullets

Bill Beckett talks with David Barker, author of the one man play Dodging The Bullets and Patric McWilliams, Artistic Director on River City Repertory Theatre about this One Man Play and the life events that lead to it's creation.  For show times and information visit River City Repertory Theatre.

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