Bill Beckett

Program Director

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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Airs Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at 1 p.m. So many musicians and lovers of music remember being introduced to classical music by Leonard Bernstein. This music-filled two-hour special celebrates that, looking especially at Bernstein’s devotion to music education, through his Young People’s Concerts with the New York Philharmonic his Harvard Lectures, the CBS Omnibus Television specials and his many writings about music.

Airs Friday, August 17, 2018, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Director and architect Mina Chow about her new film, “Face of A Nation: What Happened To The World’s Fair?” A preview screening of this film will take place at the Robinson Film Center on Thursday, August 23, 2018, beginning with a reception at 5 p.m., the screening at 6 p.m., and a question and answer session with Mina Chow follows. For complete details visit online the Robinson Film Center Or call (318) 459-4122.

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Airs Saturday, August 11, 2018, at 12 noon. This week we present the Lyric Opera of Chicago in a production of Mozart's Opera Buffa, Così Fan Tutte, staring Ana María Martínez as Fiordiligi, Marianne Crebassa Dorabellaas, Andrew Stenson as Ferrando, and Joshua Hopkins as Guglielmo with Alessandro Corbelli as Don Alfonso and Elena Tsallagova as Despina. James Gaffigan cvonducts the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Airs Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Director Robert Alford, Mary Jarzabek, and Kelly Vaden about the new production of Clybourne Park featuring the The Drama Club at LSU Shreveport, Centenary College’s Department of Theatre, and the Mahogany Ensemble Theatre. The show opens Friday, August 10 at 8 p.m. For complete details, call 318-797-5283.