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, November 19, 2020, at 6 p.m. The holidays are quickly approaching. Tune in for Health Matters, Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Sanford Katz will talk about diet and nutrition during the holiday season with Dr. Kimball Rivari, endocrinologist with Willis-Knighton Health System; Shelley Redmond, registered dietitian and author of the Skinny Louisiana cookbooks; and Megan Mabery Filer, registered dietitian and certified yoga instructor. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502.

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Airs Tuesday, November 10, 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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Airs Sunday, November 1, 2020, at 1 p.m. Professor N. T. (Tom) Wright joins from Oxford, England, to talk with hosts Ranae Moran and Dee Anne Phillips about the pandemic, his latest books, times of lament and more.

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Airs Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 8 p.m. The Final Presidential Debate will take place on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 8 p.m. live at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Ari Shapiro will host our coverage nd will be joined by NPR analyst.

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Airs Tuesday, October 20, 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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Airs Sunday, October 11, 2020, at 6 p.m. Hosted by Lulu Garcia-Navarro, this special report features the best of NPR's reporting on the coronavirus crisis over the past week, with a focus on the latest science, wide-scale impacts, and things you can do to stay safe.

Airs Sunday, October 4, 2020, at 6 p.m. As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, it’s exposed health disparities between blacks and whites. African-Americans are three times more likely to become infected from the virus and twice as likely to die. In the midst of the epidemic, the death of George Floyd has reignited debates about racial inequities within the criminal justice system. And, political analysts are already expressing fear that certain voting practices will discourage minority participation in November’s critical election.

So, how is Louisiana addressing health inequities in its battle against the coronavirus? How is it confronting racial disparities when enforcing the law? And, what barriers to voting exist for people of color in the state and can they be overcome? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Dialogue on Disparity.”

Airs Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke Greg Kallenberg who joined me VIA Zoom this morning to discuss this year PRIZE FEST 2020, which begins Friday, October 2 and runs through October 11. The festival features movies, fashion, music, food and much more. This year’s festival will be an ONLINE festival in leu of the Covid-19 pandemic and will be worldwide. We have a schedule of events on our web site post for this spotlight and complete details you can go on line to prizefest.com or contact the Prize Fest at 318-213-6437.

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Airs Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 8 p.m. The First Presidential Debate will take place on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 7 p.m. live at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. NPR new will be there and with live special coverage.

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