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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EDWIN EDWARDS DIES -  Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards has died. According to a statement released by a family spokesman  the former Governor died Monday morning of respiratory problems, which had him in and out of the hospital over the past year.   He leaves behind a political legacy that will no doubt be remembered for many years to come.

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SHREVEPORT SMOKING BAN?— Last year the Shreveport City Council passed an ordinance to  ban all smoking in all workplaces including restaurants, bars, and casinos;  the ordinance will go into effect August 1st.  But the casino industry wants an exemption, and says the smoking ban will hurt their business  and local economy as well.  So on Tuesday the Shreveport City Council will decide on whether  or not to allow  smoklng  in Shreveport  casinos,    Groups  like   Smoke  Free  Louisiana   and  health experts  have

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  LEADS IN COVID SPIKES  — Louisiana has beaten back several spikes of the coronavirus disease.

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Former Governor Edwin Edwards was placed under hospice care earlier this week,  leading speculation as to the status of his health.  The 93 year old life-long Democrat has been in and out of hospital over the past year.  But the former Governor has told the media that he is doing well and nowhere close to imminent death.   His wife Trina Edwards spoke on Baton Rouge Public Radio WRKF’s program “Talk Louisiana” and she explained the reasons behind her husband’s hospice care.

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ARKANSAS COVID UPDATE —  Arkansas  Governor Asa Hutchinson  held a press conference yesterday to give an update on how well his state has been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.   He had some sobering news as Covid-19  hospitalizations  have  shown  a  spike  lately.

“This is the largest increase in hospitalizations since January. It is the largest increase in hospitalizations since we’ve had the vaccination available to prevent hospitalizations. And we have 55 added to the hospital rolls as a result of COVID-19,” Hutchinson said.