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

Jeff Bender
Jeff Bender / Jeff Bender

Airs Sunday, May 2, 2021, at 1 p.m. On this episode of Illuminations, Ranae Moran and Dee Anne Phillips talk with Jeff Bender, writer, show director and conservatory headmaster with Sight and Sound Theatres. Sight and Sound Theatres is an artistic ministry bringing epic productions of the stories of the Bible to life. Imagine a huge whale “swimming” over the audience during a production of Jonah or watching as live animals find their place on stage in Noah’s Ark. Sight and Sound provides an immersive audience experience, utilizing a 300 ft. stage. Sight and Sound Theatres, has two locations, one in Lancaster, Pa., and one in Branson, Mo.

A Gathering of Geezers
Gary Borders / Gary Borders

Airs Friday, April 30, 2021, at 7:45 p.m. This week commentator Gary Borders shares his delight and fondness for a collection of friends who reunited recently on Zoom for some "Remember When" moments.

Girl lining up crayons in a row
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Airs Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 7 p.m. April is National Autism Awareness Month. Tune in for Health Matters Thursday at 6 p.m. Dr. Lacey Moffat fills in for Dr. Shelley Visconte as host. She will be joined by Dr. Michelle Yetman clinical psychologist and Dr. Adam Blancher, counseling psychologist, with the Children’s Center at LSU Health Shreveport , to talk about the latest in diagnosis and treatment of this increasingly more common developmental disorder. Questions will be taken at 1-800-552-8502 during the show.

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
Grambling State University / Grambling State University

Airs Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with director Angelique Feaster Evans and Natorshau Davis who take on the role of Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” a play by Lanie Robertson. This production features multiple performances at multiple venues and opens tonight in the Floyd L. Sandle Theatre on The Grambling State University campus. Live performances are free but registration is required and seating is limited. Safety protocols will be in place including temperature checks, social distancing, and required masks. Complete show times, locations, and registration details found HERE or by calling 318-274-2106. 

Film Prize Junior
Film Prize Junior

  Airs Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 11 a.m.  Bill Beckett spoke with Gregory Kallenberg, founder and executive director of the “Prize,” about Film Prize Junior, The South’s largest online student film festival, featuring over 60 films from Louisiana High School and Middle School Students, gets underway tonight and runs through the April 25th. A full schedule of events can be found on the festival website, FilmPrizeJr.com

Film Prize Junior
Film Prize Junior

  Airs Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 11 a.m.  Bill Beckett spoke with Gregory Kallenberg, founder and executive director of the “Prize,” about Film Prize Junior, The South’s largest online student film festival, featuring over 60 films from Louisiana High School and Middle School Students, gets underway tonight and runs through the April 25th. A full schedule of events can be found on the festival website, FilmPrizeJr.com

Cliff Shackelford and Dr. Beverly Burden
Red River Radio / Red River Radio

Airs Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 6 p.m. This special edition brings together the Forces of Entomology and Ornithology in this special edition of Bird Calls & What’s Bugging You, with Ornithologist Cliff Shackelford from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Dr. Beverly Burden, an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at LSU Shreveport. They will take your calls about the Avian and Insect worlds on Tuesday, April 10, at 6 p.m.

Shreveport Opera
Shreveport Opera / Shreveport Opera

  Airs Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at 10 a.m. Join Steve Aiken and Shreveport Opera Express for a concert of Operatic Gems performed live in the Red River Radio Studios. Kermit Poling will host.

Cliff Shackelford
Press Image / Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Airs Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 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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