Chuck Smith

News Producer

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years'  experience to Red River Radio  having started out as a radio news reporter and moving into television journalism as a newsmagazine producer / host,  talk-show moderator, programming director and managing producer and news director / anchor  for commercial, public broadcasting and educational television.  He has more recently worked in advertising, marketing and public relations as a writer, video producer and media consultant.   In pursuit of higher learning,  Chuck studied Mass Communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles.   He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.

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ARKANSAS COVID RISES-  Arkansas’ Covid-19  cases have skyrocketed in recent weeks due to the delta variant and the state’s low vaccination rate.

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HOTTER WEATHER Today’s weather is making headlines as daytime high temperatures are expected to be really hot,  reaching into the mid and possibly upper 90’s.  The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a heat advisory to be in effect from noon until 7pm for the Red River Radio Listening area.  A few moments ago I spoke with Jason Hansford, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Shreveport to get a better idea of what we cab expect.

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  TX COVID UPDATE – Texas  State health officials say new COVID-19 cases in Texas are rising about as fast as they were before their peaks last July and in late January.  Speaking to the Texas Tribune Chief State Epidemiologist Doctor Jennifer Shuford   says the increase, underscores how much more contagious the delta variant is.              

"Even in the face of having 43 percent of our population fully vaccinated we are still seeing this increase in cases happening as rapidly as we saw previously." Shuford explained.

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LA  PRIZE FEST RETURNS-  The Louisiana Prize Fest is returning in-person, at a press conference at the Shreveport Arts Center downtown yesterday organizers shared the news that after an unprecedented year of Pandemic.  The return of this year’s festival is significant as it’s the 10-year anniversary of the event. Prize Fest was among the slew of events impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Instead of canceling the event, the organization pivoted to a virtual format.

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ARKANSAS COVID RATES UP -  As More cases of covid-19 get reported  all across the country,  most attributes  the  latest spread  to the new Delta variant of the Coronavirus.   Arkansas currently leads the nation in new infections per-capita and the rate of hospitalizations is also on the increase.  A year ago before a  vaccine was available,  health experts warned of those who were most at risk for succumbing  to the virus.  The focus was to protect the most vulnerable,  the elderly who likely had pre-existing health conditions, usually people over the age of 60.  But  duri

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LA VETO SESSION— Louisiana state senators have narrowly voted to overturn Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ rejection of a bill prohibiting transgender students from participating in school sports based on their gender identity.    The vote came Tuesday on the opening day of the first veto session under the state’s nearly 50-year-old constitution.   Senators voted 26-12,  the exact number needed to overturn the veto.  The vote fell along party lines, with Republicans in support of the override and Democrats in opposition. The debate now shifts to the House.