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. 

 

Ways to Connect

Orpheus playing the violin
Cesare Gennari / This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or fewer.

Airs Saturday, August 29, 2020, at 12 noon. This week the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series presents The Royal Danish Opera's production of L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi.

Dr. Beverely Burden answers your questions
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Airs Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 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.

Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival T-Shirt Image
Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival / Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival

Airs Thursday, August 13, 2020, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Shane Rasmussen, professor of English at Northwestern State University and director of the Louisiana Folklife Center about this year’s Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival which will go live with a Virtual Marketplace starting August 17, and running through Jan 31, 2021. 

Cliff Shackelford
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Airs Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at 6 p.m. Once again ornithologist Cliff Shackelford, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will be on hand to take your questions about all our feathered friends on "Bird Calls" from Red River Radio. If you have a photo or the recorded sound of a bird that you'd like Cliff to research and identify for the show, please send them to wbeckett@lsus.edu. We'll also post your photos and recorded sounds on our website after the show. Join us for Bird Calls and call in at 800-552-8502 with your questions.

English: President Barack Obama awards the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Congressman John Lewis in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House February 15, 2011.
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Airs Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. Funeral Services for Congressman John Lewis will take place at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Red River Radio and NPR News will cover this "Celebration of Life" live. This special will be hosted by Rachel Martin and Tonya Mosley will host. They'll be joined by Senior Washington Editor and Correspondent Ron Elving, Congressional Correspondent Kelsey Snell and National Correspondent Debbie Elliott, among others.

Andrew Cioffi / Lyric Opera Of Chicago

Airs Saturday, July 25, 2020, at 12 noon. The WFMT Radio Network Opera Series returns with productions from all over the world, following the end of the Metropolitan Opera season. This week we present Vincenzo Bellini's I puritani performed by Lyric Opera of Chicago.

CAST:
Elvira: Albina Shagimuratova
Arturo: Lawrence Brownlee
Riccardo: Anthony Clark Evans
Giorgio: Adrian Sâmpetrean

ENSEMBLE: Chorus and Orchestra of Lyric Opera of Chicago
CONDUCTOR: Enrique Mazzolla
DIRECTOR: Eric Einhorn

Dr. Beverely Burden answers your questions
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Airs Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 2020, 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.

Die Gartenlaube
Ernst Keil's Nachfolger / This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or fewer.

Airs Saturday, July 18, 2020, at 12 noon. The WFMT Radio Network Opera Series returns with productions from all over the world, following the end of the Metropolitan Opera season. This week we present Christoph Willibald Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice performed by Lyric Opera of Chicago.

CAST:
Orphée: Dmitry Korchak
Eurydice: Andriana Chuchman
Amour: Lauren Snouffer

ENSEMBLE: Chorus and Orchestra of Lyric Opera of Chicago
CONDUCTOR: Harry Bicket
DIRECTOR: John Neumeier

Cliff Shackelford
Press Image / Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Airs Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at 6 p.m. Once again ornithologist Cliff Shackelford, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will be on hand to take your questions about all our feathered friends on "Bird Calls" from Red River Radio. If you have a photo or the recorded sound of a bird that you'd like Cliff to research and identify for the show, please send them to wbeckett@lsus.edu. We'll also post your photos and recorded sounds on our website after the show. Join us for Bird Calls and call in at 800-552-8502 with your questions.

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