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 March 21, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: Tony Trischka

Tony Trischka in the woods

Airs Friday, March 21 at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll ponder the Great Compromise with music from Guy Clark, Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle, Paper Moon Shiners, Buddy Flett, Donna the Buffalo, the Falls, Pierce Pettis, and a touch of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. In our concert hour Tony Trischka, Barry Mitterhoff, and Beppe Gambetta take the stage at the Fur Peace Ranch and in our final hour, we struggle against "Beauty in Fade" with tracks from Darrell Scott, Patty Griffin, John Trudell, The Eric Underwood Band, Richard Shindell and more.

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12:00pm

Thu March 20, 2014
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Bohemian Cowboy at River City Repertoire Theatre

Bohemian Cowboy

Aired Thursday, March 20 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett talks with writer and star Raymond King Shurtz and director Kurt Brungardt about Shurtz’s one man play “Bohemian Cowboy” which is be presented by River City Repertoire Theatre this Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. For more information contact River City Repertoire Theatre online or by phone at 318-868-5888.

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6:00pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Bird Calls

Bird Calls with Cliff Shackelford

Cliff Shackelford

Aired Tuesday,  March 18 at 6 p.m. Once again Ornithologist Cliff Shackelford, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, took your questions about all our feathered friends on "Bird Calls" from Red River Radio. If you have a photo or the recorded sound of a bird that you'd like Cliff to research and identify for a future show please send them to wbeckett@lsus.edu and we'll ask Cliff to help identify the bird. We'll also post your photos and recorded sounds on our website after the show. Our Next Bird Calls will be on Tuesday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

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12:00pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Red River Radio Spotlight

Red River Radio Spotlight: Broadway Comes South

Clista Calhoun Center

Aired Tuesday, March 18 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Carolyn Huckabay, the event chair for Broadway Comes South featuring Shreveport Opera Express in a concert tribute to Josh Logan. Joining Carolyn and Bill is Rocky Maddox who will also perform during the fundraiser for the Clista Calhoun Center In Mansfield, Louisiana. For more information contact the Clista Calhoun Center 872-0016.

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9:00pm

Fri March 14, 2014
Caravan

Caravan: Twang Darkly

Twang Darkly live in the Red River Radio studios

Airs Friday, March 14 at 9 p.m.  This week on the Caravan we’ll hear new tracks from Hayley Reardon, Brigitte DeMeyer, and Jesse Thomas & Leonard “Peaches” Sterling. Also on the program cuts from Robert Earl Keen, Buddy Guy, the good Reverend Gary Davis, Son House, and John Hiatt. Then, in the second hour … Twang Darkly joins me in the studio for some live cuts from their latest CD, “Modal Creatures,” and in our final hour, we wander By Way Of Sorrow. Join me Friday Night at 9 for the Caravan on Red River Radio.

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