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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2:23 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Caravan: Smithfield Fair Live in the RRR Studios

Smithfield Fair in the Red River Radio Studios
Bill Beckett Red River Radio

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 3:56 pm

Friday, January 23, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we’ll hear from the Secret Sisters, John Trudell, Robert Deeble, and Alex De Grassi with blues from Billy Holiday, James Cotton, Joe Pug, and Charles Brown. For our concert hour we invited Smithfield Fair to join us in our studio for some live music and conversation and during our final hour we’ll find that “This Too Shall Pass” with music by Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, Danny Schmidt, Lou Reed & John Cale, Diane Ward, Jack Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, and Government Mule.

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12:18 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Red River Radio Spotlight: Poet of the Ordinary - Photographs by Keith Carter

Aired Thursday, January 15 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Dr. David Havird, Ashley Mace Havird and photographer Stan Carpenter about the Exhibit “Poet of the Ordinary: Photographs by Keith Carter.” There will be a reception and poetry reading taking place on Thursday, January 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Meadows Museum of Art on the Campus of Centenary College. The event is free and open to all and will feature readings and an open mic session for those who’d like to share their poems as well. For full details go to the Meadows Museum on line or call 318 – 869 – 5040. 

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1:22 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Red River Radio Spotlight: Victoria Williams at the Shreveport House Concert

Aired Thursday, January 8 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett was joined by Alan Dyson & Karl Hasten to talk about the Shreveport House Concert featuring Shreveport Native Victoria Williams, which takes place Sunday, January 11 at 7 p.m. at Studio 1508, located at 1508 Fairfield Avenue in Shreveport. More information is available online at Shreveport House Concerts at 318-670-3567. 

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12:00 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Red River Radio Spotlight: We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Bill Beckett spoke with Soprano Martha Hollier about the second annual Christmas Concert which takes place this Saturday, December 13 at 3 pm in the Singing Pines Recreational Complex of Hosston, located at 14905 Oak St. Hosston, LA. The concert is free and open to all. For more info visit our area events page at Red River Radio.

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12:00 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Red River Radio Spotlight: Angelina Arts presents the Nutcracker

Aired Tuesday, December 9 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Tracy Pinkerton, the Executive Director of the Angelina Arts Alliance, about the Nutcracker featuring the Mejia Ballet International. They will present two performance; Saturday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee performance on Sunday, December 14 at 2:30 p.m.  For more information visit them on line at Angelina Arts Alliance or 936 – 633 – 5454

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12:01 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Red River Radio Spotlight: “Cirque de Shreveport”

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 5:08 pm

Aired Wednesday, October 29 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Artist and teacher Robert Trudeau from the Friend of the Algur Meadows Museum about “Cirque de Shreveport” and the Return of the Mighty Haag Circus to Shreveport, which takes place Saturday, November 1, from 6:30 to 10 p.m., at Pinewood manor on Fairfield Avenue in Shreveport. More information online at MeadowsFriends or 318-869-5040. 

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12:04 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Red River Rasio Spotlight: Movie Masterpieces III by the Shreveport Symphony

Image from "Silent"
Moonbot Studios

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 1:17 pm

Aired Friday, October 17 at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett was joined by conductor Michael Butterman from the Shreveport Symphony to talk about Movie Masterpieces III, a concert featuring two premieres of MOONBOT STUDIOS’ animated short films, The Cask of Amontillado and Silent, plus more exciting music from the world of film, including Star Wars, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The X-Files, Superman, and more! Music by Williams, Waxman, Hunter, Mancini, and Shostakovich will be among the works. Seva May will be guest vocalist for this concert. Complete details and ticket information can be found online at Shreveport Symphony or at 318-227-TUNE (8863).

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12:01 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Red River Radio Spotlight: The Robinson Film Center Presents "Stay Then Go" by Shelli Ainsworth

Stay Then Go poster
Stay Then Go Used by permission

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 12:14 pm

Aired Thursday, October 16 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett speaks with Meghan Hochstetler, Education Director for the Robinson Film Center and Shelli Ainsworth, the writer and director for “Stay Then Go,” a feature film about Autism which is part of the Centenary College Southern Circuit filmmaker tour. For more information about the screening visit online the Robinson Film Center or call (318) 459-4122. The Robinson Film center is located at 617 Texas Street, Shreveport, LA 71101.

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12:30 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Red River Radio Spotlight: River City Repertoire Theatre Presents "The Gin Game"

Aired Tuesday, October 14 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Academy Award nominee Margaret Avery and director Patric McWilliams about the River City Repertoire Theatre’s new production of “The Gin Game,” a Pulitzer Prize winning work of Drama by Donald Coburn. This play will open on Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the East Bank Theater in Bossier City. For information about show times and tickets visit the River City Repertoire Theatre online or call 318-868-5888.

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12:01 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Red River Radio Spotlight: Angelina Arts Alliance New Season

The Texas Tenors

Aired Wednesday, September 3 at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Tracy Pinkerton, the Executive Director of the Angelina Arts Alliance about their upcoming new season of programs this year At The Angelina Arts Alliance in Lufkin. For complete information visit them online at Angelina Arts Alliance or call at 936–633–5454.

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