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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12:02 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Red River Radio Spotlight: "Science On The Screen" at the Robinson Film Center

Aired Thursday, May 7, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Meghan Hochstetler, Director of Audience at the Robinson Film Center, about “Science on the Screen,” throughout the month of May with three superb films including the Romance Drama “Silver Lining Playbook,” the Animation film “Big Hero 6,” and the visually stunning documentary “Antarctica: A Year on Ice.” Each will feature a talk or workshop around it and each will show at the Robinson Film Center in May. For More Information visit the Robinson Film Center online or call 318-459-4122. That’s 318-459-4122.

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1:57 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Caravan: Birds Of Chicago

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 10:53 pm

Airs Friday, May 8, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we open with cuts from Justin Townes Earle, Three Penny Acre, Phosphorescent, Scott Biram, Twang Darkly, Danny Schmidt, Otis Taylor, and Steve Earl. Then in our Concert Hour, Birds of Chicago take the stage Live from the Divide, and in our final hour, When It Don't Come Easy, look for the Light Behind You.

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12:14 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Red River Radio Spotlight: August - Osage County at SFA Theatre.

Bill Beckett spoke with Brad Maule and Allison Day who are featured in Stephen F. Austin State University Theatre’s production of August: Osage County, a Pulitzer Prize winning play by Tracy Letts, which opens Tuesday, April 28 and run through Saturday May 2, in the W.M. Turner Auditorium. For more information visit online the SFA Theatre or call their box office at 888-722-3396.

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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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