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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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

11:01am

Thu February 7, 2013
11:01 Spotlight

11:01 Spotlight: Ideas at Aspen Film Series comes to Shreveport

Bill Beckett talks with Paula Hickman, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of North Louisiana, about the Ideas At Aspen Film series presented at the Robinson Film Center in Shreveport beginning Feb. 7. The second film and discussion is scheduled for Feb. 14. The final film and panel discussion will be held Feb. 21.  The presentations are free, but RSVPs are requested at 318-221-0582.

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7:00pm

Sun February 3, 2013
Human Kind

Human Kind: Explorations on the non-violence philosophies shared by King and Gandhi

Airs Sunday, February 3 at 7 p.m.
     Part 1: More than an advocate of racial equality, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a practitioner of peaceful resistance to prejudice, and in this documentary we explore the philosophical and historical roots of King's non-violent movement.
     Part 2: Further explorations of non-violence with Mahatma Gandhi's grandson, Dr. Arun Gandhi (now in his 70s) who as a troubled teenager was tutored daily by the spiritual / political leader, gaining an intimate glimpse into the life and beliefs of a remarkable twentieth century figure. 

11:00am

Thu January 31, 2013
11:01 Spotlight

11:01 Spotlight: Night of the Iguana

Bill Beckett talks with Patric McWilliams and Susan Kirton from River City Repertory Theater about their new production of Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana" which opens tonight at the East Bank Theater in Bossier City. For show times and information visit River City Repertory Theater or call 318-868-5888.


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