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. 

 

Ways to Connect

Dickinson Gallery, London and New York / Public Domain

Airs Thursday. April 21, at 7:45 a.m. Dr. Cheryl White takes us into the story behind the legend of Bloody Mary.

Press Image / Shreveport House Concert

Aired Thursday, April 14, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Alan Dyson about the next Shreveport House Concert which featured a joint CD Release with Julieann Banks’ latest effort All These Things and Alan’s new release Stray Dogs By The Highway. The concert takes place Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in Fairfield Studios located at 1508 Fairfield Avenue in Shreveport. For more information visit them at Shreveport House Concerts or call (318) 670-3567.

Aired Wednesday, April 13, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with director Twyla Robinson along with Mary Ellen Kidd who takes the lead role of Susannah and Aiden Poling who appear in the role of “Little Bat,” when the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse and Hurley School of Music collaborate to bring “Susannah” to the stage at Centenary on Thursday, April 14th at 7:30 p.m., and there will be a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday, April 16.

Aired Tuesday, April 12, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Wendell Glass, from River Cities Jubilee Chorus, about “Sing Out 2016!,” a vocal competition which is sponsored by the River Cities Jubilee Chorus and will take place Thursday Night, April 14, at 7 pm in the Strand Theater. For information visit the Strand Theatre online or call 318-226-8555.

Press Image / Public Domain

Aired Thursday, April 7, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Col. Larry Lang, commander and conductor of the The United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants along with Technical Sergeant Hannah Shirey, a member of the Singing Sergeants who spoke with me about their tour through the Red River Radio Listening area with stops in Texarkana, Ruston, Monroe, and Marshall. Full details go to their web site, usafband.af.mil or you can also visit events calendar.

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