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. 

 

Aired Wednesday, June 24, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett was joined by Logan Sledge, Youree McBride Jr., and Blayne Weaver about the River City Repertoire Theatre’s production of Sam Shepherd’s critically acclaimed play “True West,” which opens tonight at 7:30 at the East Bank Theatre In Bossier City. For details visit online River City Repertoire Theatre or call 318-868-5888.

Aired Tuesday, June 23, at 12 noon. Bill Beckett spoke with Laura Rikard, assistant professor of theatre at SFA along with students’ Shelby Gilliam, Andee Rooney, and Travis Brasher about their SummerStage Festival productions of “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams, and the children’s favorite “The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Musical.” There will be multiple performances of each play beginning this Friday, June 26 and continuing on through July 15. All performances will be in W.M. Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus. For a complete list of performance days and times visit online SFA Theatre or call them at 888-722-3396.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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. 


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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