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Summer Pledge Drive - Total so far = $49,645

Our Summer 2021 Drive begins Friday June 4th and we hope you will contribute now and make sure we can continue bringing you the programs you've come to love and tune in for. Please help us now by calling 800-552-8502 or by going online to DONATE NOW .

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Courtesy: Annie E Casey Foundation

Report On Childhood Wellbeing Shows Arkansas Improves But Texas And Louisiana Still Lacking

OVERALL CHILD WELLBEING - The annual Kids Count Data Book released this week by the Annie E. Casey foundation examines data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and measures indicators, including economic wellbeing, health and education. Lisa Hamilton, president and CEO of the Foundation. She says the data was taken from 2019 before the pandemic. "Families were able to regain ground lost during the great recession, more parents were economically secure, they were able to meet their housing...

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Cliff Shackelford
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Bird Calls with Cliff Shackelford for Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Airs Tuesday, June 15, 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 . 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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Paper Moonshiners
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Shreveport House Concert Series: Paper Moonshiners

Airs Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 8 p.m. From the Shreveport House Concert series we present Paper Moonshiners

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Lara Downes
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Let Freedom Ring: A Musical Celebration of Juneteenth with Lara Downes

Airs Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 3 p.m. On a day when America commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in our country, we welcome you to Let Freedom Ring: A Musical Celebration of Juneteenth with Lara Downes. Lara has been shining a bright light on the music and contributions of Black composers through her performances, podcasts and recordings. In this one-hour special, Lara takes listeners on a unique journey through musical heritage and the celebration of freedom. A special presentation from Classical California, a partnership of KUSC Los Angeles and KDFC San Francisco.

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Tank and the Bangas

Shreveport House Concert Series: Tank and the Bangas

Airs Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 8 p.m. From the Shreveport House Concert series we present Tank and the Bangas

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President Biden and a bipartisan group of senators now have an infrastructure deal. But there's a long road ahead: Lawmakers must also pass other parts of his economic agenda.

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A Minnesota judge will sentence Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd — a punishment that is being closely watched, with prosecutors requesting a 30-year sentence.

An increase of coronavirus infections around the world are forcing some governments to reimplement lockdown measures to control the spread of the virus.

Black and Hispanic families in the United States are far less likely than white families to own their own homes. It's been that way for decades, but the gap is wider today than it was before passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act.

This has led to other racial disparities, such as the ability of families to build wealth or to get a good education.

But efforts are being made to close the gap, especially now that the pandemic appears to have exacerbated the divide.

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted two months ago for murdering George Floyd by kneeling on his neck during an arrest last spring, will be sentenced Friday.

Rescue crews in Surfside, Fla. are still searching for survivors after a 12-story oceanfront condo partially collapsed. Dozens of people are unaccounted for as crews sift through tons of rubble.

A year after several American businesses sprang up to manufacture much-needed masks and N95 respirators within U.S. borders, many of those businesses are now on the brink of financial collapse, shutting down production and laying off workers.

The nationwide vaccination campaign, combined with an influx of cheaper, Chinese-made masks and N95 respirators, has dramatically cut into the companies' sales and undermined their prices.


One Small Step

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Continue the conversation in 2021 StoryCorps Selects Shreveport for National Initiative

Continue the conversation in 2021: StoryCorps Selects Shreveport for National Initiative to Reconnect a Divided America. Shreveport is one of four cities in which StoryCorps is anchoring One Small Step in 2021 with more opportunities to record, share, and preserve conversations that show the country how Louisianians can listen to each other in spite of their differences of opinion. Read about the national effort in The Shreveport Times . Red River Radio led the project in 2020, recording 25...

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Kermit Poling, General Manager.
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From GM Kermit Poling, Latest Storm Damage Update for Lufkin/Tyler Stations - KLDN back on air

Dear KLDN and KTYK listeners,

KLDN is now back on the air and in HD. We still have a few things to do to at the site but most of the work is complete. For our Tyler station, KTYK, the storm damage literally burned a hole through part of the transmitter. The manufacturer is trying to locate the part we need but, as you may be aware, it is difficult to get integrated circuit chips and boards these days. Meanwhile, we are on the air at about 1/3 power. We greatly appreciate your...

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Gary Borders: Back At Work
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Gary Borders: Back At Work

Airs Friday, May 28, 2021, at 7:45 p.m. This week commentator Gary Borders shares returns to in person work at LeTourneau University

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Red River Radio Vehicle Donation Program

The Vehicle Donation Program provides Vehicle Donation Services to Public Radio stations across the country. This is a great way to support this station and get a tax write off for your car. Contact the Vehicle Donation program directly online or if you have any questions about the vehicle donation process, please don't hesitate to reach out to our vehicle experts at 855-277-2346.

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COVID-19 Louisiana

Courtesy: LDH

LA VACCINE INCENTIVES -  Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana’s weekly press conference in Baton Rouge  opened with much fanfare yesterday,  setting the stage for  a special announcement of an new incentive program  called: “Shot at a Million” , The program’s aim is to get more people vaccinated  in Louisiana  as less than 34% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated.

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

 LA UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS— Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has agreed to turn off federal pandemic unemployment payments at the end of July in exchange for a long-term, modest boost to the state’s jobless benefits.   The governor's office announced Wednesday that Edwards signed the bill. Republican state lawmakers agreed to support a $28 increase in Louisiana’s maximum weekly unemployment benefits starting in January.   That would increase the payment to a maximum of $275 a week.

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Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

TX SOCIAL WORKERS -  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the state board that regulates social workers can't prohibit them from refusing to see clients based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability status. Paxton issued the non-binding legal opinion Monday on the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council. Will Francis heads the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. He says he's concerned  Paxton's stance will discourage LGBTQ people and people with disabilities from seeking services.  

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

TX COVID SHOTS -   Governor Greg Abbott says it’s important Texans who received the first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines go back and get their second shot.  The Governor made these comments in a video he released on Twitter earlier this week.

“With both doses, you can help better protect us against COVID-19, and you can help us put an end to this pandemic. So, make sure you go get your second dose,” Abbott said.

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COVID-19 Arkansas

Courtesy: Arkansas State Dept. of Health

ARK J&J VACCINES — Arkansas health officials say nearly 60,000 doses of the state's Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine are nearing their expiration date and would have to be discarded if not used.  Arkansas’ State epidemiologist  expects most of the vaccine will be administered rather than discarded as the earlier expiring doses are being moved to vaccination sites around the state for use.   

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The Story Of Bird Calls with Cliff Shackelford on Red River Radio

This video takes you into the studio with Cliff and also through the world of birds that we cover on Bird Calls, which airs the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Please join us and please call in with your questions at 800-552-8502

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