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.

LA TOURISM ECONOMY – The Louisiana tourism economy has been hurt by the pandemic but it’s  showing signs of a slow comeback.  The state had over  53 million visitors in 2019, the last year before the pandemic  and those visitors pumped  almost $2 billion into the state's economy.  But according to Lt. Billy Nungesser whose office is over Louisiana tourism, 2020’s figures aren’t  available yet, however he did say that some of Louisiana’s outdoor tourism venues did do well during the pandemic. 

 LA COVID RISES- The Louisiana Department of Health’s latest Covid figures show 4,778 new Covid-19 cases reported to the state since Tuesday. This brings the state total to 562,319 cases since March 2020. According to LDH:  The vast majority of these cases (98.3%) are tied to community spread rather than congregate settings like nursing homes.  This update represents increases across all age groups and regions of the state. 2,247 people in Louisiana are hospitalized with Covid, an all-time high. The previous record high was 2,112 Tuesday (8/3/21).

DELTA VARIANT RISING - According to the most recent data from the Louisiana Department of Health, Louisiana has the highest infection rate per-capita in the nation.  As of yesterday there are 11,109 positive cases on 81,000 tests, there are 1,984 in-hospital covid patients and 28 Covid related deaths reported . Governor John Bel Edwards made an announcement yesterday afternoon regarding the LDH’s data.

DIVING DOGS Longview, Texas is going to the dogs this weekend.

EMERGENCY DECLARATION - Arkansas has reported 42 new COVID-19 deaths and its biggest one-day spike in hospitalizations since the pandemic began. The Department of Health on Monday reported 81 new COVID-19 hospitalizations, bringing the state's total to 1,220.   The department said 451 of those patients are under intensive care and 250 are on ventilators.  The state's coronavirus hospitalizations are nearing the high set last January.  Gov.

PRESS RELEASE – LSU Health Shreveport COVID-19 vaccine and testing schedule through August 8

LSU Health Shreveport continues to offer both COVID-19 vaccinations AND testing to the public each Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 6PM at the LSUHS North Campus site (Old Chevyland) located at 2627 Linwood Avenue. Expedited COVID-19 testing is available at the LSUHS North Campus from 10AM to 12PM. Test results are delivered via email within 72 hours.

COVID RATES TRENDING YOUNGER -  Although more people are getting vaccinated in Louisiana,  the is still among the lowest in vaccination participation.  And the state is having a surge in cases and hospitalizations.   Louisiana  hospitals  are experiencing  more Covid-related emergency room visits – During a press conference last Friday Dr. Joseph Kanter with the Louisiana Department of Health explained the situation.

ARKANSAS COVID RISES-  Arkansas’ Covid-19  cases have skyrocketed in recent weeks due to the delta variant and the state’s low vaccination rate.

LA VETO SESSION— Louisiana state senators have narrowly voted to overturn Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ rejection of a bill prohibiting transgender students from participating in school sports based on their gender identity.    The vote came Tuesday on the opening day of the first veto session under the state’s nearly 50-year-old constitution.   Senators voted 26-12,  the exact number needed to overturn the veto.  The vote fell along party lines, with Republicans in support of the override and Democrats in opposition. The debate now shifts to the House.

LA  PRIZE FEST RETURNS-  The Louisiana Prize Fest is returning in-person, at a press conference at the Shreveport Arts Center downtown yesterday organizers shared the news that after an unprecedented year of Pandemic.  The return of this year’s festival is significant as it’s the 10-year anniversary of the event. Prize Fest was among the slew of events impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Instead of canceling the event, the organization pivoted to a virtual format.