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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6:00pm

Sun April 6, 2014
Louisiana Public Square

Louisiana Public Square: Louisiana & The Minimum Wage

Airs Sunday, April 6 at 6 p.m.   Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?Louisiana is the third poorest state in the country behind Mississippi and New Mexico. It’s also one of five states that haven’t established their own minimum wage laws. The current federal minimum wage rate is $7.25 an hour. Twenty-one states already have minimum wages above the federal rate and six more states have pending legislation to raise theirs. At least four Louisiana lawmakers will be pushing to enact a state minimum wage this session, with one bill setting the rate at $10.10 per hour. So, should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage? And would such a move help the state’s working poor or ultimately hurt them through increased unemployment? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Louisiana & the Minimum Wage” airing Sunday, April 6 at 6 p.m. on Red River Radio.

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9:00pm

Fri April 4, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: Youth Lagoon & Kelis live from Stubbs

Youth Lagoon & Kelis at Stubbs
NPR Music NPR

Airs Friday, April 4 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we feature new music from Arc Iris, Chris Thile & Michael Daves, Yarn, and the Boreal Sons plus tracks from Townes Van Zandt, Diana Krall, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Robert Deeble and Chris Thomas King. Then in our concert hour, we travel to SXSW in Austin for a double bill featuring Youth Lagoon live at Stubbs and the R & B sounds of Kelis will also be featured live from Stubbs. Then, in our final hour we'll wander to The Other side of Daybreak. 

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12:00pm

Wed April 2, 2014
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Jewish Film Festival at the Robinson

Aired Wednesday, April 2 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett sat down with Daniel Lachman, director for the North Louisiana Jewish Film Festival, which takes place at the Robinson Film Center beginning this Sunday, April 6.  For more information and show times visit the North Louisiana Jewish Film Festival online or call (318) 459-4122

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12:00pm

Tue April 1, 2014
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Renzi Center's Jazz & Blues Brunch

Aired Tuesday, April 1 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett sat down with Renzi Center Development Director Jennifer Hill and Program Director Christy Kirkley to talk about their Jazz & Blues Brunch which takes place this Saturday, April 5, at 11 a.m. at The Shop on Southern Avenue in Shreveport. For more information contact the Renzi Center online or call 318-222-1414.

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12:00pm

Sat March 29, 2014
Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera: Bellini’s La Sonnambula

Scene from La Sonnambula
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Airs Friday, March 29 at 12 noon. The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Bellini’s La Sonnambula. This run marks soprano Diana Damrau's first-ever performances in the title role of the sleepwalking Amina. The broadcast also stars rising Mexican tenor Javier Camarena as Amina's fiance, Elvino, and Italian bass Michele Pertusi as Count Rodolfo, conducted by Marco Armiliato. La Sonnambula will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.

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