Caravan with Bill Beckett

Fridays at 9pm

So Much Music - So Little Time

The Caravan is a Weekly program featuring a diverse selection of music and hosted by Bill Beckett. Each week you'll hear selections from across the globe in a mosaic designed to carry you along effortlessly. The program will feature a broad mix in hour one with certain recurring themes. 

Hour two will feature live concert material gathers from around the country and world, from locally produced concert recorded in our new studios to concert we record at venues around our listening region. We will also feature specials on a variety of musical subjects and live CD material as well.

Hour three is simply called be quiet and play the music. This hour is designed as a 52:00 minute segment of music with no breaks. A listening experience that is unique. Underneath the music is a sort of hidden theme that only Bill knows and he's not telling, so you can approach the hour and let it affect you in your own unique way. Bill will return near the end to let you know what you've heard and close out with one final song.

Tune in Friday at 9:00 p.m. for the Caravan. Bill has a vast library of music and a deep love of all genre's from Indian Raga's and Delta Blues to Classical, Jazz, Folk, Rock, Alternative, and World and more. We hope you enjoy the experience and discover new music each week as well as hear familiar favorite.

For More Information contact Bill at wbeckett@lsus.edu.

Carole King - "TAPESTRY"
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Airs Friday, March 5, 2021, at 10 p.m. Two hour-long radio program produced by top public radio music documentary producer Paul Ingles that offers a deep dive celebration of the 1971 Carole King masterpiece on its half-century anniversary (February10, 2021). Top music writers and scholars give their intimate reflections on the album, its place in music history, and Carole King's overall career.

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Airs Friday, February 26, 2021, at 9 p.m.
Hour Four: "A Woman's Touch" and "In Control" - Women -- both on and off the air -- have had substantial roles in the development and power of Black radio, including African American station ownership.

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Airs Friday, February 19, 2021, at 10 p.m.
Hour Three: "Rappers & Rhymers" and "Sounding Black" From the 1940s onward, legendary Black deejays created unique, ear-catching styles.

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NPR / NPR

Airs Friday, February 19, 2021, at 9 p.m. Haitian Rhythms and the Music of New Orleans explores the history of Haiti and the continuing impact of this Caribbean island nation on the music of New Orleans.

Smokey Robinson Story
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Airs Friday, February 12, 2021, at 11 p.m. The story of Smokey Robinson is actually the story of Motown. In this 2-hour music special we learn that Smokey was from the start, the creative backbone of the Motown operation. Robinson is one of the most prolific American popular songwriters of all time. He was Berry Gordy's number two person. And his ability to write hit songs had everything to do with Motown becoming a music powerhouse.

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PRX / PRX

Airs Friday, February 12, 2021, at 10 p.m.
Hour Two: "Jack Cooper & Al Beson" and "WDIA
, The Goodwill Station" Jack Cooper's popular program in Chicago debuted in 1929; he helped pioneer the DJ format and was the first to air news and sports coverage for Black audiences. Al Benson came to Chicago from Mississippi in the '30s, and gave voice to the culture of the street. In the second part of the hour, we head to Memphis, Tennessee, where WDIA's earliest announcers included B.B. King. WDIA was the first station to have all-Black on-air talent.

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NPR / NPR

Airs Friday, February 12, 2021, at 9 p.m.
Haitian Rhythms and the Music of New Orleans explores the history of Haiti and the continuing impact of this Caribbean island nation on the music of New Orleans. Hosted by the Grammy-winning Leyla McCalla and produced by WXPN

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PRX / PRX

Airs Friday, February 5, 2021, at 10 p.m. Hour One: "In the Beginning" and "Pride & Enlightenment"
Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was is the story of radio’s role in the 20th century transformation of the African American community. First aired in 1996, the specials have been reformatted into six hours for 2021. Original host Lou Rawls guides us, with new narration from original producer Jacquie Gales Webb.

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Airs Friday, February 5, 2021, at 9 p.m. Haitian Rhythms and the Music of New Orleans, that explores and investigates the historical and present day ties between the nation of Haiti and the city of New Orleans with a focus on the music that bonds together the places and people. Hosted by the Grammy-winning Leyla McCalla and produced by WXPN, KANAVAL: The special will focus on themes such as:

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