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

Red River Radio Spotlight: Love Letters by A.R. Gurney

Aug 12, 2015

 Aired Wednesday, August 12, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Ginger and Richard Folmer about their upcoming performances in “Love Letters” by A.R Gurney, 

Aired Thursday, August 6, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Tracy Pinkerton, Executive Director for the Angelina Arts Alliance, about the 2015-16 season of performances which begins on Wednesday, September 16, at 7:30 p.m. with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Ticket are on sale now at Angelina Arts Alliance or at 936-633-5454.

Red River Radio Spotlight: India Nights 2015

Aug 5, 2015

Aired Wednesday, August 5, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Dr. Sanjay Menon, Director of the Indian Studies Program and Dean of the Graduate Studies program at LSUS. They spoke about “India Night 2015,” featuring performances by the Nrutyashala School of Indian Classical and Folk Dance and a celebration of the Shakti: the inner strength of women. This will take place this Saturday Night, August 8, starting at 5:30 pm, at the University Center Theatre on the LSUS Campus. For more information call 318-797-5179.

Taken at the Sunday Sampler Concert series at the Dunnellon Historic Train Depot
Photo by Donna Green-Townsend

Airs Friday, July 31, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we open with a rockin' blues filled hour featuring the Memphis Rockabilly Band, the Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings, Son House, and Erin McKeown, along with Henry Gray, Arthur Adams & BB King, Deborah Coleman, and George "Harmonica" Smith. Then, in our concert hour, from Miami Florida, it's Amy Carol Web live at the Sunday Sampler Concert series, and in our final hour we visit The Plateau of Mirror with tracks from The Wailin' Jennys, Alice Coltrane, Phosphorescent, Violet, Brian Eno & Harold Budd, and Poi Dog Pondering. 

Aired Monday, July 27 at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with music director Missy Wise along with Isaac Haas, who plays the role of Judas Iscariot in Stage Center’s new production of Jesus Christ Superstar which Opens this Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. in the Emmet Hook Center in Shreveport. You can find complete details online at StageCenter or by calling (318) 218-9978.  That’s (318) 218-9978.