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

Langston Hughes: I Too Sing America
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Airs Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at 9 p.m. Langston Hughes, an enduring icon of the Harlem Renaissance, is best-known for his written work, which wedded his fierce dedication to social justice with his belief in the transformative power of the word. But he was a music lover, too, and some of the works he was most proud of were collaborations with composers and musicians.

Tree frozen by a snow storm that occurred on the night of February 16, 2006.
Jake N. / Self made photo, licensed under CC-By-2.5.

Due to weather, the LSUS campus will remain closed on Tuesday, February 16th, Wednesday, February 17th, Thursday, February 18th, and Friday, February 19th. All face-to-face classes scheduled from the 17th-19th will be taught remotely. Students should check Moodle or contact their instructors immediately for further information. 100% Online classes will continue as scheduled. The university will make an announcement on Friday, February 19th about the reopening of campus during the week of February 22nd.

Grambling State University will suspend operations and cancel classes on Monday, Feb. 15, in light of anticipated inclement weather. Classes are expected to resume Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Bossier Parish Community College campus closed Monday and Tuesday, except for online classes. 

St. George's Episcopal Church in Bossier City has canceled services for Sunday, Feb. 14 and Wednesday, Feb. 17.

All City of Bossier City administrative offices will close Monday.

Trash pickup in Shreveport will be delayed until after the weather event. 

The  LSUHSC Covid-19 vaccination clinic in Minden will delay vaccinations from Tuesday, Feb. 16th until the following Tuesday, the 23rd.

Gospel Greats Part 1

Feb 8, 2021
"Wade in the Water." Postcard of a river baptism in New Bern, North Carolina near the turn of the 20th century
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Airs Monday, February 8, 2021, at 9 p.m. Gospel Greats is a 3-Part Special Program Hosted by jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Today's Modern Gospel has evolved into a distinct art-form as musical legends incorporated the popular music of their day (i.e. blues, soul, jazz and hip-hop) into Gospel performances, making the message accessible to each new generation. In some cases, Gospel hits lived for months at the top of Pop Charts and Gospel Charts simultaneously.

One Small Step
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Listen here to several conversation that Red River Radio facilitated as part of our collaboration with One Small Step from Story Corp.

Aired Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Catherine Pears, Executive Director Alexandria Museum of Art, about their annual Holiday Concert featuring the vocal stylings of Nashville Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Connye Florance, accompanied by renowned Nashville pianist and music director Kevin Madill. This concert takes place Thursday, December 10, from 6 p.m. – 8p.m. at the Alexandria Museum of Art. For complete details you can visit the Alexandria Museum at  http://themuseum.org/holidays/.  

Cliff Shackelford
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Airs Tuesday, December 8, 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.

Dmitri Hvrostovsky as Prince Andrei and Anna Netrebko as Natasha in Prokofiev's War and Peace  Photo - Met Opera Archives
Met Opera Archives / Met Opera Archives

Airs Saturday, December 5, 2020, at 12 noon. The Metropolitan Opera's radio broadcast season begins on Saturday, December 5, at 12 noon with Prokofiev’s monumental War and Peace starring Anna Netrebko, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and a stellar cast in the 2002 performance that marked the Russian soprano’s Met broadcast debut.

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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.

Cliff Shackelford
Press Image / Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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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