Bill Beckett

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. 

 

Airs Friday, June 16, 2017. at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we’ll feature a tracks from bands like Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and Black Prairie, the Alabama Shakes and the Be Good Tanyas as well as some new blues from Dr. John, Mavis Staples and Shreveport’s own Professor Porkchop and the dishes. During our live set in the second hour, First Aid Kit live At the Newport Folk Festival, and in our final hour we'll Rise Up and Be Lonely.

Airs Thursday, June 15, 2017, at 8 p.m. Join us for a folk infused live music performance with Guitarist Nick Brumley who has been on in the past with Maggie Koerner and the Mansion Family.

Airs Tuesday, June 13 at 8 p.m. Join us for bassist Chris Allen live in our studios along with guitarist Nick Palmer, vocalist Deidre Malbrough, and  Lane Baylis on drums as they bring us a great show for jazz guitar lovers this Tuesday. 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!

Magnolia Mae Live

Jun 7, 2017

Airs Wednesday, June 14, at 8 p.m. Join us for a live concert featuring  Roots Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass with Magnolia Mae featuring John Falco Garcia on Guitar, Banjo and Vocals; Melissa Garcia on Vocals; Wes Hamilton on Fiddle and Vocals; Brandon McComic on Bass, Trey Hodge on Guitar, and Angelique Hodge on fiddle and Vocals. They will keep your feet tapping while helping Red River Radio raise revenue to keep the music coming. Call in during the show at 800-552-8502 or donate online here: DONATE NOW

Airs Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Father Peter Mangum, Rector of the Cathedral of St John Berchmans along with archeologist Jason Brown and our own Dr. Cheryl White, Associate Professor of History here at LSUS about an archeological dig going on now on the site of the Original Cathedral of St John Berchmans. If you’d like more information about this project you can call 318-221-5296 or visit the Facebook Page for St. John Berchmans Cathedral.

Airs Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett speaks with Chris Allen, a double bass artists with the Shreveport summer Music Festival, about their fifth annual Louisiana Jazz Camp which will take place the weeks of June 19 through the 24th.  Final Registration ends Saturday, June 10. You can learn more by going to Shreveport Summer Music Festival DOT Com or call 318-626-7996. That's 318-626-7996

Airs Friday, May 27, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the Caravan we'll venture high into the Cry of The Snow Lion in Search of the elusive Mercy with music from Three Dog Night, Brian Bowers, Grey De Lisle, Mary Gauthier, Maggie Koerner, and Natalie Merchant. Then in our second hour we travel again to Boseman Montana for Fred Eaglesmith, Live from the Divide, and in our final hour we join the Eternal Caravan in search of the Song of the Wind.

Airs Friday, May 19, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week on the caravan we start on a trail of Cold Blooded Love and end up on the whipping post with tracks from The Trishas, Townes Van Zandt, Birds of Chicago, Steve Earl, Masayoshi Fujita, HEM, the Banditos, and the Allman Brothers. In our second our we join Darrell Scott Live on stage at Merlfest and in our final hour we find a respite, "Up Above the Clouds," with cuts by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Andrew Vasquez, Danny Schmidt, William Ackerman, Natalie Merchant, L. Subramanian, and Turin Brakes.

Airs Sunday, May 14, 2017, at 6 p.m. Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan is a specialist in walls, having witnessed and studied them in her native Belfast. In this hour, she visits Mexico, Northern Ireland and the West Bank to find out why we are still building walls and what impact they have. From experts to residents, she hears the same advice to governments contemplating building more walls.

Airs Friday, May 12, 2017, at 9 p.m. This week in our first hour we'll hear tracks by Leonard Cohen, Pat Metheny with Lyle Mays, Don Conoscenti, Townes Van Zandt, and Buddy Flett as well as cuts by Toumani Diabate, The Trishas, and Jazziana ... and then we wander up to Montana for Jeffrey Foucault Live from the Divide, and in our final hour we'll share some Nomadic Revery with Bonnie Prince Billy, Lou Reed, Led Zeppelin, Tangerine Dream, Tom Scudiero, and the Hold Steady.

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