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: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

 LA SPECIAL SESSION ?— Louisiana  Democratic  Governor  John Bel Edwards has rejected 28 bills from the regular session, and struck out a handful of legislative pet projects from budget bills.  And so ballots have gone out for Louisiana lawmakers to decide whether to hold a historic veto override session.   Heavy pressure is pouring in from outside groups trying to sway that decision, and a heated debate is taking shape on social media sites.   The Louisiana Constitution calls for a veto session to be automatically scheduled when a governor

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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. 

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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION – Many parents of pre-kindergarten children can’t take their kids to a qualified daycare center either because of income levels or a lack of  openings  at  daycare  centers  a community has to offer.  And Education experts say young children who don’t have access to early education  resources  at qualified  daycare centers often perform poorly  academically as they get older.

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 JUNETEENTH IN NACOGDOCHES, TX - Last Saturday, Nacogdoches, Texas, continued their long tradition of celebrating Juneteenth with a parade and festivities. The designation of Juneteenth as a holiday was topic on which many had an opinion.