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

Fri May 25, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

10:01 Spotlight: Soulfish Blues Band at Mudbug Madness

Soulfish Blues Band

Bill Beckett talks with Bill Allen and Julia Dunning from the Soulfish Blues Band about their upcoming performance at MUDBUG MADNESS on Saturday May 26. They also preview the weekend at MUDBUG MADNESS.

10:01am

Fri May 18, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

10:01 Spotlight: "Bully' at the Robinson Film Center.

Bill Beckett talks with Alexandyr Kent, Executive Director of the Robinson Film Center about the film Bully, which opens today at the Robinson. Bully is an eye-opening documentary which follows five kids and families during a school year. Two families have lost children to suicide, and one mother grapples with the future of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. 

5:00pm

Sun May 13, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

The Young Artists Competition winners are...

See the winners of Red River Radio's 3rd annual Young Artists Competition! Read more.

The judges have made their selections for Red River Radio's third annual Young Artists Competition. The winners will assemble on Sunday, May 13, at 5 p.m., at LSU Shreveport's University Center Theater for the winner's concert. This concert is free and open to the public. Join us as we celebrate these young artists and their accomplishments.

The Winners Are:

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6:00pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Science

What's Bugging You?

Airs Wednesday, May 2 at 6:00 p.m.  Once again Beverly J Burden, Associate Professor of Biology at LSUS and our resident Entomologist will join Bill Beckett us to discuss the insect world, both friendly and fiendish. We'll talk about what's new on the insect horizon and take your calls and questions about "What's Bugging You?"  Call in with your questions at 800-552-8502.

10:01am

Mon April 23, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

10:01 Spotlight: A Night With Tarzan

Bill Beckett talks with Al Bohl about his documentary "Tarzan: Lord of the Louisiana Jungle" which will be shown tonight at the Robinson Film Center along with the original 1918 silent film movie "Tarzan of the Apes," starring Elmo Lincoln and featuring the West Edge String Quartet performing a new score for the movie by Kermit Poling. 

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