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.

Courtesy: LDH

 LA VACCINE HOTLINE— More than 1,000 people have called Louisiana’s coronavirus vaccine hotline since it launched a week ago, and one-third of those callers have signed up for vaccination appointments.  That's according to state health department data released Wednesday. Louisiana launched the hotline last week to help people schedule appointments and to connect those reluctant about getting the shot to medical professionals who can answer questions. It’s part of a broader statewide effort to try to overcome vaccine reluctance.

Courtesy: LPB

NON-TRADITIONAL DELIVERY— The Louisiana Legislature in Baton Rouge  opened  its  regular session at noon yesterday.  Among this year’s agenda  items  include debates on taxes, sports betting, transgender rights and other issues beyond the coronavirus’ aftermath.  Governor John Bel Edwards  didn't give the traditional session speech in the House chamber instead  he spoke Monday evening from a make-shift stage just beyond the end-zone at Southern University’s A.W. Mumford stadium, a venue chosen because of Coronavirus concerns.    

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

TOO FAR OFF? -  Arkansas’s Governor Asa Hutchinson will be leaving office after his term expires this year as he is term-limited.   On Sunday the Republican Governor appeared on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper. The Republican Governor was asked if he was considering a run for the Presidency in 2024.  

Courtesy: NWS-Shreveport Office

SEVERE WEATHER EXPECTED LATER FRIDAY & EARLY SATURDAY -- Multiple rounds of severe thunderstorms are possible today through the overnight hours. Severe storms could develop as early as late this morning. A line of severe storms is expected to move across the region tonight. Damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes will be possible.