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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. 




Thu July 12, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Savannah Music Festival: The Gerald Clayton Trio

Airs Thursday, July 12 at 8:00 p.m.  Tune in to this episode to hear one of the most exciting young pianist in jazz, Gerald Clayton, performing with Hareesh Ragovan on bass and Justin Brown on drums at the 2010 Savannah Music Festival. The most common piano trio format in jazz has usually included a pianist, a bassist and a drummer. Communication between these three players is built around the talents they have amassed through extensive training, so that their reflexes are to the point where the music takes over on the bandstand.


Fri July 6, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

10:01 Spotlight - Mahalia

Mahalia Jackson

Bill Beckett talks with Vincent Williams, Director of Mahalia and Artistic Director of Extensions of Excellence Performing Arts Inc., about tonight performance of the dramatic Gospel Musical "Mahalia" by Tom Stolz. The show will be presented tonight, Friday July 6 in Shreveport's Riverview Theatre at 7:00 p.m.   Read More Here.


Thu June 21, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

10:01 Spotlight: Emily Elbert at the T-Bone Walker Blues Festival

Bill Beckett talks with Emily Elbert about her recent CD and her appearance at the T-Bone Walker Blues Festival this weekend.


Tue June 19, 2012
10:01 Spotlight

10:01 Spotlight: William Joyce & The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Cover for the Book

The wait is almost over for the picture book that originally inspired William Joyce’s Academy Award-winning short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.  Bill Beckett talks with William Joyce about the release of the BOOK and a new iPhone and iPad AP for the book. A Book signing will take place tonight at 6:00 p.m.

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Sat June 16, 2012

Stormy Weather

Storms passed through Shreveport yesterday causing an outage at the station around 6:15 p.m.  Throughout the night SWEPCO repairs kept causing further outages, knocking us off air. We hope these repair glitches are over and will monitor throughout the day.