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 Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 8 p.m. From the Shreveport House Concert series we present Tank and the Bangas.

Dr. Beverly Burden
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Airs Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at 6 p.m. Once again Dr. Beverly Burden, an Associate Professor of Biology at LSUS and our resident entomologist, joined Bill Beckett to discuss our insect world, both friendly and fiendish. We'll talk about what's new in the insect world and we'll took forward to your calls and questions about "What's Bugging You" at 800-552-8502.

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Airs Friday, June 22, 2018, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature tracks from Drive By Truckers, Don Conoscenti, Dennis Dunn, Tom Russel, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, and Steve Earle in our first hour. This week's concert features part 1 of Geoff Achison and Randall Bramblett at the Fur Peace Ranch, and then week in our final hour, we'll dine with The Clown Prince featuring music by Nina Simone, Erin McKeown, Myshkin's Ruby Warbler, Patty Griffin, Maggie Koerner, Jon Anderson, and more.

Airs Sunday, June 17, 2018, at 6 p.m. Will all of the recent goodwill gestures between North and South Korea lead to the one thing Washington wants most? Can a deal be struck that denuclearizes North Korea? And what will they want in exchange for giving up that leverage? The debaters are Suzanne DiMaggio, Sue Mi Terry, Bonnie Jenkins, and Mira Rapp-Hooper.

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Airs Friday, June 15, 2018, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll feature new music from One Mile An Hour and the Be Good Tanya's plus tracks from Myshkin's Ruby Warbler, Patty Griffin, Andrew Bird, Michael Hedges, Maggie Koerner along with Blues from Odetta and Lizz Wright. Then, in our concert hour we'll join Emmylou Harris live at the Newport Folk Festival in in our final hour we'll wander Gently Off The Edge.

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