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

Dr. Beverly Burden
Red River Radio / Red River Radio

Airs Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 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.

Elvin Shields, Twister Wire Sculptor
Red River Radio / Red River Radio

Airs Friday, October 15, 2021, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Dr. Shane Rasmussen, a Professor of English at Northwestern State University and Director of Louisiana Folklife Center, along with the Tradition Bearer and Honoree himself, Elvin Shields. Elvin will be honored in a program that takes place Saturday, October 16th, at 2 p.m. in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches. This event is free and open to all. More info can be found at www.louisianastatemuseum.org or call (318) 357-2492.

The Foreigner
Shreveport Little Theatre / Shreveport Little Theatre

  Airs Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with John Daniel and Rick Stovall about a new production by the Shreveport Little Theatre of “The Foreigner”, a fast paced comedy by Larry Shue. Show Times are October 14, 15, & 16 at at 7:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday October 22 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. There will be two Sunday Matinee performance on Sunday October 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. The Shreveport Little Theatre is located at 812 Margaret Place.

The Foreigner
Shreveport Little Theatre / Shreveport Little Theatre

  Airs Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with John Daniel and Rick Stovall about a new production by the Shreveport Little Theatre of “The Foreigner”, a fast paced comedy by Larry Shue. Show Times are October 14, 15, & 16 at at 7:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday October 22 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. There will be two Sunday Matinee performance on Sunday October 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. The Shreveport Little Theatre is located at 812 Margaret Place.

Cliff Shackelford
Press Image / TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT

Airs Tuesday, October 12, 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.

Buddy Flett
Red River Radio / Red River Radio

Airs Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. Joins us for a lively blues show with Buddy Flett, live on Red River Radio. He returns with a basket full of great blues to help Red River Radio raise the money we need to continue for the next year. Tune in for a great night of live music and help us out with your calls and pledges at 800-552-8502 or pledge on line here.  DONATE NOW! 

Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne
Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne / Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne

Airs Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 8 p.m. Join us for a great concert by the award winning duo Addlet & Hearne, Live from Red River Radio. They have performed Shreveport in the past at the Shreveport House Concert Series and are among the stellar talents that grace our area. Tune in and please support duting the concert at 800-552-8502 or DONATE HERE on line.

Curtis Joseph
Bill Beckett / Red River Radio

Airs Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 8 p.m. Join us for a jazz infused concert featuring Curtis Joseph with Sarah Smith, Weldon Stutes, Nick Palmer, Don “Dirty Redd” Crenshaw, and Lucas Lawrence live in the Red River Radio Studios. They will deliver up some fine jazz and pop classics for a high energy evening full of great music. You can show your love for live music on Red River Radio by making a pledge during the show and help us during our pledge drive. Call and pledges at 800-552-8502 or pledge online now: DONATE NOW!

Caravan: Sandra's World

Oct 1, 2021
Sandra Hannon
Sandra Hannon / Sandra Hannon

Airs Friday, October 1, 2021, at 9 p.m. Join special guest host Sandra Hannon as she marks the coming out of our collective dark night of the soul. Whether it’s the unmistakable voice, the timeless lyrics or the iconic music, these songs comfort, encourage and connect us. Sandra's World is filled with hope.

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