Chuck Smith

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


LSU TO UNENROLL NON-COMPLYING STUDENTS- LSU students  returning  to campus for  the Fall Semester  have just a couple more days to comply with the school's pandemic protocol or risk getting disenrolled.    According to a report in the Advocate,  a text message sent  to students who had yet to comply from the  university  said the deadline is Friday.

The text message reads  “If you do not comply," you will be unenrolled   from the university.”

LA NURSING HOMES TRAGEDY— Louisiana health officials are revoking the licenses of seven nursing homes whose residents were evacuated  to  a  warehouse  after Hurricane Ida made landfall last week.

ARKANSAS GOV RACE – Former Trump Press Secretary  Sarah Huckabee Sanders kicked off her gubernatorial  campaign tour yesterday in Benton, Arkansas.  The daughter of former Arkansas Republican Governor Mike Huckabee Sanders will be visiting a total of 15 Arkansas cities, a tour that is scheduled to conclude Saturday in Springdale.  Billed as the “Freedom Tour”, Sanders  addressed  an estimated 1,000 people yesterday; reflecting on her time as Whitehouse press secretary for the Trump Administration but also acknowledging that the focus of her campaign will be on nationalizing

LSU VACCINE REQUIREMENT-   With Covid cases surging all over the country,  administrations  at colleges and universities  had been debating whether vaccines should be required for on-campus students, faculty and staff.   The  game changer  happened  earlier  this week as the Pfizer vaccine has received full approval by the Food and Drug Administration.   LSU  President  William Tate, IV   said during a recent media briefing  at LSU Health Shreveport,    where he stood on students getting vaccinated.

LA COVID CASES- Last Tuesday, Louisiana passed a grim pandemic milestone when the Louisiana Department of Health reported more  than 3,000 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19.   By Friday, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients had decreased to 2,999 statewide.  During his most recent Covid update, Governor John Bel Edwards announced there were more than 5900 new Covid infections along with 67 new Covid-related deaths.  Of the recent Covid infections, Edwards expressed concern about the rising cases  involving younger people.