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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CHILDHOOD CANCER SURVIVOR IN SPACE - Louisiana native Haley Arceneaux  is a Physician’s Assistant who works at St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  Haley graduated from LSU Health Shreveport’s  P.A. program in 2016.   And  today  she is orbiting the earth as part of an historic 4 person civilian crew on SpaceX’s Inspiration4.  The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida last night .  Haley made history as the youngest person in space,  she is 29 years old and also a childhood cancer survivor.

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ISSUES INSURANCE MANDATE -  Louisiana Insurance Commissioner  Jim Donelon  has ordered insurance providers to pay for up to two weeks of hotel rooms and meals for residents who fled the region because of Hurricane Ida even if they weren't in mandatory evacuation zones.

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NICHOLAS CRAWLS INTO LA. Nicholas has weakened into a tropical depression as it crawls across southern Louisiana, unleashing heavy rain across the coasts of Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.   It's unwelcome weather for survivors of Hurricane Ida, which destroyed thousands of rooftops now covered with tarps.  The National Weather Service says the lower Deep South is in for days of rain as Nicholas lingers over central Louisiana. Gov. John Bel Edwards has warned residents to expect flash flooding and to avoid traveling in areas with heavy rainfall.

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20 years ago on the morning of September 11th, then President George W.

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  NICHOLAS HITS COASTLINE- Tropical Storm Nicholas hit the Texas coast as a hurricane, bringing  the  threat of up to 20 inches of rainfall to parts of the Gulf Coast.  The national  hurricane center says the storm made landfall on the eastern part of the Matagorda Peninsula and was soon downgraded to a tropical storm.   Nicholas is pushing through Houston, Texas, with maximum winds of 60 mph moving slowly to the north-northeast along the Texas-Louisiana coastal region. The storm could also cause life-threatening flash floods across the Deep South.

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