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: Crater of Diamonds State Park

DIAMOND FOUND IN ARKANSAS PARK-  Arkansas’  Crater of  Diamonds State  Park near  Murfreesboro announced a  recent large diamond find from a  visitor. Park Interpretor  Waymon Cox said a young woman from Tulsa, OK found the 2.65 carat raw diamond in about 10 minutes after entering the park.  The Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park is located on Ark. Highway 301 near Murfreesboro.

Courtesy: AP Photo

GAS TAX  BILL & TAX REFORM MEASURES A  Louisiana  House panel  Tuesday narrowly approved a  bill that would raise the state’s  gasoline tax by  17  cents per gallon…a  move that’s expected to raise a half-billion in state aid for roads and bridges.  For now,  La. motorists pay 38.4 cents per gallon in taxes,  including  20 cents in state charges.. a  rate that hasn’t changed in 20 years.  Gov. John  Bel  Edwards,  whose transportation task force in  December recommended a  $700  million hike,  said he was "extremely encouraged"  by the committee vote.