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

The Cattle Car Memorial to the Deportees adjacent to the Garden of the Righteous Avishai Teicher via the PikiWiki - Israel free image collection project
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Airs Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Rabbi Jana De Benedetti, from B'nai Zion Congregation, who joined him in our Noel Foundation Studios to discuss this year’s Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Services and a Literary Competition for Middle and High School students with an entry deadline of Sunday March 1, 2020, at 12 noon. Complete contest details and guidelines are available at the holocaustremembranceservice.org

Dylan LeBlanc
Shreveport House Concert Series / Shreveport House Concert Series

Airs Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 8 p.m. From the Shreveport House Concert Archives we present Dylan LeBlanc.

Cliff Shackelford
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Airs Tuesday, February 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.

Airs Friday, February 14, 2020, at 9 p.m. Nina Simone was as powerful and complex a person as the music she played. She called it “Black Classical Music,” and it resists all definitions. Its jazz, rhythm and blues, folk, and gospel. It’s a combination as Rich as the culture. Like any legend, Nina Simone became a symbol for People and movements through the years, but she was first and foremost a performer. She acted out the story of each song as if it happened to het just yesterday.

The Soul of Chaka Khan/Joyride Media
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Airs Friday, February 7, 202, at 9 p.m. This new hour of music and conversation will feature Chaka Khan's career as one of R&B's leading female vocalists, and her influence on contemporary African-American music. Chaka Khan, producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, former Rufus guitarist Tony Maiden and author Tonya Bolden discuss the roots of Chaka's distinctive style and the impact she has had on other artists. These exclusive interview clips also cover how her music has evolved from her early days with Rufus to her most current work as a solo artist.

Jimi Hendrix performs for Dutch television show Hoepla in 1967.
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Airs Friday, January 31, 2020, at 9 p.m. 2017 was the fiftieth Anniversary of the debut of the Jimi Hendrix Experience at Monterey Pop. In honor of that moment we bring you "The Jimi Hendrix Experience Live at Monterey: American Landing." A one hour documentary that traces Jimi's early days as a guitarist on the Chitlin' Circuit, through his time in New York's Greenwich Village, his discovery by the Animals' Chas Chandler, his journey to England, and triumphant return to America at Monterey Pop.

Pink Floyd performing at Live 8 in London
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Airs Friday, January 24, 202, at 9 p.m. Exclusive interviews with the band’s three surviving members - David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Nick Mason, plus comments by the late Richard right, give rare insights from inside of one of rock’s most influential bands. Host/producer Redbeard (In the Studio) also adds footage from his own archive of Pink Floyd band member interviews, between a 1967-1994, career-spanning setlist of their best known songs.

Family Planning
Shreveport Little Theatre / Shreveport Little Theatre

Airs Friday, January 24, 2020, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Robert Alford, director of Family Planning and John Daniels, director of the New Voices series about these new productions taking place this weekend at Shreveport Little Theatre. Family Planning by Julia Edwards and Ripcord, part of the New Voices readers theater series. Family Planning will feature performances tonight at tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Ripcord will be read live This Saturday at 2 p.m.

Airs Monday, January 20, 2020 at 11 A.m. The world reknowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir with guests Alex Boyé and Alyson Cambridge celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with "A Lasting Heritage" and "Heart & Soul." Selections include Every Time I Feel the Spirit; I'm Runnin' On; Peace Like a River; Gently Raise the Sacred Strain; Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit; The Battle of Jericho; Down By the Riverside; Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child and more.

Pink Floyd performing on their early 1973 US tour, shortly before the release of The Dark Side of the Moon
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Airs Friday, January 17, 202, at 9 p.m. Exclusive interviews with the band’s three surviving members - David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Nick Mason, plus comments by the late Richard right, give rare insights from inside of one of rock’s most influential bands. Host/producer Redbeard (In the Studio) also adds footage from his own archive of Pink Floyd band member interviews, between a 1967-1994, career-spanning setlist of their best known songs.

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