Bill Beckett

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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12:05 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Red River Radio Spotlight: Sleep Out For Independence

Bill Beckett spoke with Simone Hennessee, Executive Director of Providence House, about Sleep Out For Independence a fundraiser and community awareness project about homelessness which takes place Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12that Independence Stadium in Shreveport. For information or to register visit Sleep Out 4 Independence here. 

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10:38 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

Smithfield Fair Live on Red River Radio

Smithfield Fair

Airs Monday, March 9, at 8 p.m. You'll want to snuggle in on Monday evening with a lovely cup of tea, chocolate or coffee, and tune into Red River Radio to hear Smithfield Fair LIVE at 8 p.m. They will be performing and chatting with Caravan host and friend Bill Beckett along with Evening Jazz Host Wally Derleth, doing songs from their Southern Americana and Scottish repertoires, including a tune or two from their brand new MARBLES album of instrumentals. Please tune in and support Red River Radio in the Louisiana-Arkansas-Northeast Texas area during our Spring Pledge Drive and give us a call at 800-552-8502 to make your pledge or go on line here. Donate Now!

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12:34 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Cookie Jar Live on Red River Radio

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 4:16 pm

Airs Friday, March 6, at 8:00 p.m. Barbara Jarrell & Cookie Garner, AKA Cookie Jar, will join hosts Wally Derleth and Bill Beckett for a live show on Red River Radio. They'll presents a blend of acoustic originals mixed with folk, classic pop and roots Americana covers for a delightful and fun evening of music. Support live, local music on the radio. Tune in for this exciting show and make your pledge at 800-552-8502 or pledge on line here: DONATE NOW!

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3:03 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Chris McCaa - AKA Professor Pork Chop Live From Red River Radio

Chris McCaa

Airs Thursday, March 5 at 8 p.m. Chris McCaa, AKA Professor Pork Chop will be cooking up some musical gumbo LIVE this Thursday night at 8 pm on Red River Radio. His latest CD, U R My Everything as made a big splash on the roots and blues charts and he'll be here to share some of the music with you. All About Jazz says the "Professor ... has a voice that is the love child of Randy Newman and John Hiatt, seasoned with Tabasco and gin."  Tune in for his high proof and hot music live during our Spring Pledge Drive and give us a call at 800-552-8502 to make your pledge or go on line here.  Donate Now!

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2:42 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Pipp Gillette Live On Red River Radio

Pipp Gillette

Airs Wednesday, March 4, at 8 p.m. Pipp plays traditional cowboy music on guitar, banjo, harmonica, and bones. Pipp and his late brother, Guy Gillette, recorded eight albums of cowboy music and were recipients of the Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Best Traditional Album of 2010. They also received the 2012 Wrangler Award for Best Outstanding Original Western Composition for their performance of the song, Trade Off, penned by Waddie Mitchell.

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4:26 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band Live

Airs Tuesday, March 3, at 8 p.m.  Join us once again for an electrified performance as AJ & The Two Tone Blues Band take to the air waves. AJ and the Two Tone Blues Band have maintained a prestigious career over the years and have played the Sonny Boy Blues Society Battle of the Bands Competition, the King Biscuit Blues Festival and the International Blues Competition in Memphis. They are well know throughout the region and always inject high voltage into our pledge drives.

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12:13 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Red River Radio Spotlight: SFA Theatre presents “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Airs Thursday, February 26, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with director Jack Heifner, along with Shelby Lynn Gilliam who plays Lady Bracknell, and Keenan Rey Chiasson who takes on the role of Algernon Moncrieff in a production Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” presented by the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre in the W.M Turner auditorium. The performance opens at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3 and running through March 7 at 7:30 p.m. There is one daytime show at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 5. For more information call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (888)-240-ARTS or visit theatre.sfasu.edu 

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12:00 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Red River Radio Spotlight: “Community Conversations Series” at the Robinson Film Center

Airs Thursday, February 12, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Meghan Hochstetler, the Education Director at the Robinson Film Center, about their “Community Conversations Series,” featuring a wide range of films and local discussions throughout February. More information is online at Robinson Film Center or by calling 318-459-4122.

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12:00 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Red River Radio Spotlight: 'Boeing Boeing' at River City Repertory Theatre

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 9:46 am

Bill Beckett spoke with Blayne Weaver and Jason Guy who star in the new production of Boeing Boeing, a 2008 Tony Award winner revival and classic farce in the French style which also features Peggy Byers, Anna Maria SparkeKeele, Cara Johnston, and Susan Kirton. This production opens tonight, Wednesday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m. with performances Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. All performances take place at the East Bank Theater in Bossier City. For more information visit River City Repertoire Theatre online or call 318-868-5888.

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12:48 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Red River Radio Spotlight: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

Bill Beckett spoke with Abigail Dillard, a junior theatre major at Centenary College, about “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” which she will be directing. This production will take place at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse on the Centenary College Campus. The show opens tonight, February 5, at 8 p.m., with performance on Friday, February 6 and Saturday February 7 at 8 p.m. There will also be a matinee performance on Sunday, February 8, at 2 p.m. For more info visit the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse or call 318–869–5074. 

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