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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9:00pm

Fri May 16, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: Steve Earl, Part Two, Live at the Fur Peace Ranch

Steve Earl

Airs Friday, May 16 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we have a distinctive country flavor, both traditional and a touch old school plus some Creole country music called Zydeco. We feature tracks from Guy Clark, a new cut from Chris Thile with Michael Daves, some Alison Krauss, and an unusual track from the Punch Brothers. On Blues at the Bottom, country blues from Marie Nofsinger and Brad Paisley, a traditional and soulful track from Dorothy Moore and we'll have some happy feet music from Geno Delafose and Beau Jocque. On our concert hour, Part 2 of a solo show by Steve Earl at the Fur Peace Ranch, and in our final hour we'll search for Sunken Treasure.

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12:00pm

Wed May 14, 2014
HELD OVER

Red River Radio Spotlight: River City Repertoire Theatre presents Venus In Fur

Aired Thursday, May 8 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Patric McWilliams and Charity Schubert from River City Repertoire Theatre about their new production of Venus In Fur,…. A play by David Ives. This production has been held over for two additional show on Friday & Saturday, May 16 & 17 at 7:30 at the East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. For more information you can visit River City Repertoire Theatre online or call 318-868-5888 … That’s 318-868-5888.

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9:00pm

Fri May 9, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: Chris Smither at the Fur Peace Ranch Part Two

Chris Smither

Airs Friday, May 9 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we'll hear new music from Myshkin's Ruby Warbler and Mia Dyson as well as some vintage cuts from Neil Young, Victoria Williams, Muriel Anderson, The Pines and Kris Delmhorst. On Blues at the Bottom we'll feature Buddy Flett, Etta Baker, Bobby Rush, and Chris Belleau. In our concert hour this week we'll hear Part 2 of a concert by Chris Smither, recorded Live at the Fur Peace Ranch and in the third hour we'll be Chasing the Westing Sun.

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11:00am

Fri May 9, 2014
Yazzy Youth Jazz Celebration

Red River Radio Spotlight: Yazzy Youth Jazz Celebration 2014

Aired Friday, May 9 at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Gloria C. Gipson, The Executive Director of the Theatre of the Performing Arts of Shreveport along with Larry Pierson, owner of the Larry Pierson School of Music and the Project Coordinator for this celebration, Leon Anderson, the Director of Jazz Studies program at Florida State University, Bassist Brandon Robertson and pianist Brendan Polk, about the 12th Annual Yazzy Youth Celebrating Jazz Concert with “A Salute to Quincy Jones” as this years theme.

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12:00pm

Wed May 7, 2014
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: A Mother’s Day Celebration with Martha Hollier

Aired Wednesday, May 7 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with  soprano Martha Hollier about a Mother's Day Celebration to honor our Mothers with flowers, songs, piano music, and desserts. The celebration will take place this Friday, may 9th, at 7 p.m. in the Singing Pines Recreational complex in Hosston, Louisiana. The concert is free to all.  The Singing Pines Recreational Complex is located at 14905 Oak St, in Hosston, Louisiana.

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