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

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.

Cliff Shackelford
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Airs Tuesday, January 14, 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 Friday, January 10, 2020, at 9 p.m. Music historian Paul Ingles takes listeners through a heart-felt retrospective of New Orleans music-legend Mac Rebennack - best known as Dr. John. Rebennack died Thursday, June 6, 2019 from a heart attack at the age of 2019. The LA Times heralded him as "a chief architect of the New Orleans sound."

Martha Scanlan
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Airs Friday, January 3, 2020, at 9 p.m. This week we'll hear from The Trishas, Libby Kirkpatrick, Po' Girl, The Be Good Tanyas, Townes Van Zandt, Chris Thomas King, the Mansion Family, and Postmodern Jukebox in our first hour. Then, we go to Live at the Divide in Montana for a concert with Martha Scanlan, and in our final hour, we pay visit to The Last Cathedral with Richard Shindell, Steve Earle, Andrew Vasquez, Neil Young and Violet.

Airs Wednesday, January1, 2020, at 7 p.m. Has it been a rough year? Did you put all of your savings into Bill De Blasio's presidential campaign? Did you get a haircut from Boris Johnson's barber? Did you take a job as a public relations spokesperson for Rudy Guiliani? Then you may feel the need to laugh at 2019, and the Capitol Steps could not agree more! So tune in to the Capitol Steps’ New Year’s edition of “Politics Takes a Holiday,” featuring songs from their latest album, The Lyin' Kings. What better time to laugh at politics than now, with election season gearing up?

An Afro Blue Christmas

Dec 25, 2019
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Airs Wednesday, December 25, 2019, at 10 p.m. This is a special holiday concert with Howard University's premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue, and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut. The a-cappela group performs a variety of holiday songs including African-American spirituals, jazz and pop tunes, and classical repertoire. The joyous celebration includes one of a kind arrangements on traditional holiday songs plus new compositions... music perfect for the holidays and the spirit of Christmas. Hosted by Michele Norris.

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Airs Monday, December 23, 2019, at 1 p.m. Illuminate the Festival of Lights with this fascinating world music program. A Chanukah Celebration Across the Globe is a journey into the rich and varied melodic traditions of countries where Jews have lived and worshiped for centuries, including music from Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Balkans, Central Asia ...and Africa!

Bill Beckett spoke with Laura Beeman Nugent and show music director Adam Philley, both with the Shreveport Little Theatre, who joined us in our Noel Foundation Studios to share about their new production of Miracle on 34th Street the Musical, filled with music and holiday spirit. This production opens tonight at 7:30 PM with addition performance this weekend, next weekend, and the weekend following Christmas. Shreveport Little Theatre located at 812 Margaret Place. For details and show times visit online the Shreveport Little Theater at shreveportlittletheatre.com or call (318) 424-4439. That’s (318) 424-4439.

Cliff Shackelford
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Airs Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 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.

“JD” by George Sewell
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Airs Thursday, December 5, 2019, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with playwright George Sewell along with director Richard Folmer about an exciting new production coming to the Eastbank Theatre this weekend. The Bossier Arts Council and the Company Repertoire Theater present the two-act comedy titled “JD,” written by George Sewell. This “Readers Theater” performance takes place Saturday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on Sunday, December 8, at 2 p.m. For details and tickets call the Bossier Arts Council at 318-741-8310.

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