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

Wed October 3, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

10:01 Spotlight: LA Film Prize 2012

Bill Beckett talks with Gregory Kallenberg, Executive Director of the LA Film Prize 2012 Festival about the events this weekend at the Robinson Film Center, the Capri, and Artspace. 20 films will be shown in numerous viewings over the festival weekend.  Opening Ceremonies begin Friday at 5:00 p.m. with a welcome to the filmmakers and to festival-goers. At 7:00 p.m. there is a Street Party with Special Musical Guests Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Engine. For full details visit LA Film Prize 2012 here.

10:01am

Tue October 2, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

10:01 Spotlight: How Can I Keep From Singing?

Bill Beckett talks David Hobson, Director of Centenary Choir and Music Minister at First United Methodist Church about "How Can I Keep From Singing" a choral concert featuring Centenary College’s Choir and Camerata, the First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, area church choir members and directors, the First United Methodist Brass, and organist Ray Peebles, all under the direction of Dr. Eric Nelson. How Can I Keep from Singing is a beautiful hymn text that lifts the spirit through song as an expression of the deeper soul. The experience will feature classic and new sacred anthems as well as favorite hymn arrangements of the congregation. You can find out more by visiting Centenary College  or  First United Methodist Church.

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10:01am

Fri September 28, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

10:01 Spotlight: Matthew Davidson Steps Up

Bill Beckett talks with blues man Matthew Davidson and bassist Joe Osborn about the release of the New EP Step Up and the show Matthew presents tomorrow night at the Madison Park El Chico's at 6:00 p.m.  Details can be found at Matthews Web Site Here.

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

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