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. 




Wed December 19, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

10:01 Spotlight: Skype With Santa at the Robinson and Watch Elf

Bill Beckett talks with Alexandyr Kent, Executive Director of the Robinson Film Center about several theater experiences including a chance to Skype with Santa, partake of an Elf Buffet, and watch the film Elf with Will Ferrell.

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Mon December 17, 2012
Christmas In Paris

Christmas In Paris

Airs Monday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m.  Setting the standard for choral excellence for 90 years, the Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College, a division of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts, in Princeton, N.J.  It has been the chorus-in-residence for the Spoleto Festival USA since 1977, performing both in concert and as the opera chorus. The Choir has recorded Noël, a collection of French Christmas music and sacred works with Maestro Joe Miller and organist Ken Cowan. This recording is the centerpiece of Noël: A Christmas from Paris, hosted by Bill McGlaughlin.


Fri December 14, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

11:01 Spotlight: Victoria Williams

Victoria Williams & Her Painting of Ruby

Bill Beckett talks with Victoria Williams who has returned to Shreveport for a concert at Fairfield Studio's this Sunday Night at 7 pm. They recommend you arrive no later than 6:45 with reservation and even earlier without a reservation. Information about the concert and the House Concert Series Available at 318-220-0400 or on line at Shreveport House Concerts Here

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Tue December 11, 2012
Carnegie Hall Live

Carnegie Hall Live: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

Airs Tuesday, December 11 at 11:00 a.m.  This energetic group of young Venezuelans and its acclaimed conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, were a hit when they made their New York premiere at Carnegie Hall in 2007.  On this program, they perform works by some of Latin America's finest 20th-century composers, including a suite of lusty, wild music by Silvestre Revueltas.

Carlos Chavez: Sinfonía india

Julian Orbon: Tres versiones sinfónicas

Silvestra Revueltas: La noche de los Mayas


Sat December 8, 2012
Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera: Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Sondra Radvanovsky
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, December 8 at 12:00 noon The new season from the Met begins with a live broadcast of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. The cast is led by three of the Met’s leading Verdi stars: Marcelo Álvarez as King Gustavo; Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia, the object of his secret passion; and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as his best friend, Amelia’s husband, Count Anckarström. Kathleen Kim sings the coloratura role of Oscar, Gustavo’s page, and Stephanie Blythe is the fortuneteller Madame Ulrica Arvidsson. The new production is conducted by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi and staged by acclaimed opera director David Alden. Un Ballo in Maschera will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12 p.m. CT on Saturday, December 8. The performance will also be transmitted worldwide as part of The Met: Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 1,900 movie theaters in 64 countries.