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. 

 

Ways to Connect

Richard Ziglar / Still Singing the Blues

Airs Friday, February 9, at 10 p.m. Still Singing the Blues features musicians in New Orleans and South Louisiana who continue to perform both traditional blues and rhythm-and-blues—often despite poverty, ill health, and the impacts of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina. The hour-long, music-rich documentary burrows into the lives of three outstanding older performers: Carol Fran of Lafayette, Harvey Knox of Baton Rouge, and Little Freddie King of New Orleans.

https://transom.org/2013/walking-across-america-advice-for-young-man/
Press Image / Transom.org

Airs Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 6 p.m. From Andrew Forsthoefel: I decided to walk across the country for several reasons. Producing an hour-long radio essay about it was not one of them. When I left home, I had no idea what would become of the tape I hoped to record. At the beginning of the walk, I thought it would be a good idea to have a focus question for the interviews. The question was about transformation. What does it mean to you and when have you experienced it? I was at a transformative time in my own life, so that question seemed right. I quickly abandoned the idea, though. It seemed too contrived or constraining. Instead, I just started talking to people about their lives and, sometimes, what their lives had taught them. I’d ask people about the idea of home, aloneness, family, love, death; all sorts of stuff. I thought people would be resistant to being interviewed. Not so. The vast majority wanted to be heard, and they didn’t mind the recorder. Nearly every time, they had something they wanted to share. I was wearing a sign that said “Walking to Listen,” and there was no shortage of people to listen to.

http://www.npr.org/2014/07/21/333724075/dawes-live-in-concert-newport-folk-2014
Adam Kissick for NPR / NPR Music

Airs Friday, January 19, 2018, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we’ll hear tracks from the Swedish Folk Duo First Aid Kit, a classic track from Victoria Williams, Native America music by R. Carlos Nakai and a taste of India as well. We’ll also check out the phenomenal blues of Chris Smither and Buddy Guy. In our second hour, join us for Dawes live at The Newport Folk Festival, and in our final hour we'll share a Mass For Peace with music by Joel Rafael, Simon and Garfunkel, Harvey Reid, Led Zeppelin, Tom Russell, and Karl Jenkins.

Airs Monday, January 15, 2018, at 1 p.m. This week on the Cleveland Orchestra pianist Maurizio Pollini joins maestro William Steinberg for a concert featuring the Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F, and the Brahms Piano concerto No. 1 in d.

Press Image / Mahogany Ensemble Theatre & Shreveport Little Theatre

Airs Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with directors Robert Alford II and Angelique Feaster Evans, who joined us in our Noel Foundation Studios to discuss the hit gospel musical “CROWNS,” a play with music by Regina Taylor. The Mahogany Ensemble Theatre in partnership with the Shreveport Little Theatre are presenting this production, which opens up tonight at 7:30 at the Shreveport Little Theater, located at 812 Margaret Place in Shreveport. Show times are January 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 14 at 3 p.m.

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