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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1:26 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Red River Radio Spotlight: 13th Annual Yazzy Youth Celebrating Jazz Concert

Bill Beckett spoke with Gloria Gipson, Executive Director of the Theatre of the Performing Arts, along with project coordinator Larry Pierson, and special guest artist Donald Harrison, about the 13th Annual Yazzy Youth Celebrating Jazz Concert which takes place Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in the Riverview Theatre in Downtown Shreveport. For more information, contact Theatre of the Performing Arts office at 318-525-0740 or 318-621-8914 or by email at tpaarts318@aol.com.

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12:18 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Red River Radio Spotlight: The Wrecking Crew at the Robinson Film Center

Bill Beckett spoke with bassist Joe Osborn, member of the legendary Wrecking Crew, about the documentary with the same title, chronicling these legendary musicians and the music they made. This documentary opens today at the Robinson Film Center with multiple showing throughout the coming week. For complete details visit online the Robinson Film Center or call 318-459-4122.


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11:02 am
Fri April 17, 2015

What's Bugging You? for April 21, 2015

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 7:16 pm

Airs Tuesday, April 21 at 6 p.m. As spring struggles to actually arrive and as we hope for summer is just around the corner, we thought it time for another edition of What's Bugging You with Dr. Beverly Burden, Associate Professor of Biology at LSUS and our resident Entomologist. She'll join Bill Beckett for a conversation about our insect world, both friendly and fiendish. Tune if for what's new in the insect world and call in with your questions at 800-552-8502

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12:02 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Red River Radio Spotlight: Edward Albee’s The Goat or “Who IS Sylvia”

Bill Beckett was joined by Sharon Garrison and Richard Stubblefield who are featured in River City Repertoire Theatre’s production of Edward Albee’s The Goat or “Who IS Sylvia,” which opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. For more information visit online the River City Repertoire Theatre of call 318-868-5888. 


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12:02 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Red River Radio Spotlight: "Much Ado About Nothing" open mic poetry celebration

Bill Beckett Spoke with Ashley Havird and Carlos Colón about “Much Ado About Nothing,” an open mic event celebrating poetry and the joy of the spoken word. This even takes place in the Algur Meadows Museum on Thursday, April 16 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. and at Shreve Memorial Library in Broadmoor on Wednesday, April 22 also from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  For more information, contact Bennett Sewell at 318-518-8321.

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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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