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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12:00pm

Tue May 6, 2014
Highland Blooms Garden Tour

Red River Radio Spotlight: The 2014 Highland Blooms Garden Tour

Aired Tuesday, May 6 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Sarah Scott, Co-chair of this year’s Highland BLOOMS Garden Tour about the highlighted Gardens open for viewing this year. For more information contact the Highland Experience on line or call 318-226-0267.

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9:00pm

Fri May 2, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: A Fine Romance

Loren Demerath (Vocals & Guitar) and Joel Boultinghouse (Bass) in the RRR Stuidos

Airs Friday, May 2 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature a couple of classic tune from Lyle Lovett and Joe Ely plus music from Victoria Williams, Jerry Alfred & The Medicine Beat, and a beautiful blues jam from the Allman Brothers. Then in our concert hour we welcome Shreveport's own A Fine Romance into our studio for some music and conversation and this week in our final hour we'll travel Imaginary Roads. 

The Caravan Playlist for Friday, May 2, 2014

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9:00pm

Fri April 25, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: Rory Block

Rory Block

Airs Friday, April 25 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we'll feature new tracks from Katie Glassman and Snapshot, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Molly Tuttle and John Mailander, Yarn, and The Royal Oui plus tunes from Steve Earl, J. Wagner, Terra Naomi, Allison Crowe and Sarah Jaroz. Then in our concert hour we feature Rory Block recorded live at the Fur Peace Ranch and in our final hour we are rejoicing in the hands.

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12:00pm

Thu April 24, 2014
The GAME'S AFOOT

Red River Radio Spotlight: The GAME'S AFOOT at Shreveport Little Theatre

Aired Thursday, april 24 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett talks with Brad Kozak and Joe Todaro about Shreveport Little Theatre’s production of Ken Ludwig’s comic mystery, “The Games Afoot,” which opens tonight at 8 pm and runs through May 4, 2014.  For more information visit Shreveport Little Theatre on line or call (318) 424-4439.

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9:00pm

Fri April 18, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: Sarah Jaffe Live

Airs Friday, April 18 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature some classic tracks from Van Morrison, Victoria Williams, and Original Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers plus something new from Devendra Banhart and something exotic from Huun Huur Tu and on Blues at the Bottom, Buddy Flett, Henry Gray, and Carol Fran drive it on home. In our concert set this week we four tracks from an NPR Tiny Desk concert with Lord Huron and then we travel to Austin for a SXSW concert at Momo's with Sarah Jaffe. Our Final hour is a kick up your heels set guaranteed to get your feets-a-movin'.

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