Cory Crowe

News and Public Affairs Director

Originally from Monroe, Cory has worked in a variety of media. He has worked in television news and spent seven years as a TV sports play-by-play announcer. He was also creative director for a television advertising department and worked extensively as a photojournalist. Cory has lived in both Dallas and New Orleans.

His radio career started in the 1980’s as a rock disk jockey before being "bit" by the news bug. In 1991 Cory started as a student news intern at the new public radio station, 90.3 KEDM. Although he left radio to open his own music store and recording studio, he later returned to worked as a radio program director, sports director, news director and talk show host. He also worked with national radio talk shows in syndication and satellite distribution.

Cory also has experience in digital advertising sales management, as well as social media marketing, behavioral advertising and audience research.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio/Television/Film Production from the University of Louisiana Monroe in 1995.

In his spare time he serves as the public address announcer at The University of Louisiana Monroe and works in the entertainment industry. He is a classically trained musician and enjoys Texas Blues.

Cory lives in Monroe with his wife Mary Pat.

Ways to Connect

West Monroe - West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce

The West Monroe  - West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce presents the Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series. The event features local musicians performing at The Pavilion at 7th Square in West Monroe. The free lunchtime concerts are held near the West Monroe Farmer's Market

The Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series will be held at 12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m.. every Wednesday during  the month of September. Free lemonade an tea are provided. Lunches are available for $5.00.

For information visit westmonroechamber.org

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Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum

The Biedenharn Museum & Gardens celebrates Coca-Cola Week September 6-10. The festivities celebrate the 100th anniversary of the iconic hourglass Coca-Cola bottle. 

          Tuesday September 6th - 7:00 p.m.

          Coke Trails Talk - Larry Jorgenson

Jorgenson will be discussing his upcoming book about various Coke museums and public collections of the iconic brand in the Education Building located behind the Coke Museum. This program is free and open to the public.

 

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office

This morning the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a report of shots being fired inside of a West Monroe area gas station.  The shooting occurred at the Shell station located on LA-546 near I-20 at exit 108.

Upon arrival, the victim, Laquintina Qualls, age 24, of Rayville, La was found deceased.

Witnesses indicated the suspect fled by car onto I-20 and headed west.

The suspect, Isaac T. Gee, age 29 of Rayville, LA was apprehended a short time later in Lincoln Parish and was arrested.  

Cory Crowe / KEDM

The ornate Virginia Hotel is a hidden treasure in downtown Monroe; disguised under layers of ceiling tiles and plaster. It is a true diamond in the rough.

Michael Echols, a Director of Business Development, for Vantage Health Plan says the hotel was built in the 1920's and was once an opulent grand hotel but now sits as a shell of its former self.

"We found beautiful plaster work and ornate molding behind this ceiling", Echols said.

Milk glass skylights that provided natural lighting were found and beautiful barreled plaster work was hidden in the lobby.

Louisiana GOHSEP/Louisiana Governors Office / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency due to heavy rainfall. There is widespread flooding in south Louisiana . Flooding is occurring in low lying areas.

KEDM Meteorologist Jarod Floyd explained the system will produce scattered rainfall amounts. 

"The Monroe area could see 2 to 4 inches of rain and it could get messy," Floyd said.

Rainfall amounts of up to 10 inches are expected in south Louisiana. 

Ouachita Parish GOHSEP Director Neal Brown said the worst part of the storm will not hit us.

National Weather Service / http://www.srh.noaa.gov/

Heavy rainfall is expected along the Gulf Coast this weekend. A wave of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico has been stalled over Louisiana and Mississippi for the last few days. 

Heaviest rainfall totals up to 10 inches are expected in the southern parishes. Northern Louisiana may receive 3 to 6 inches of rain from this system.

Showers and thunderstorms will pop up and could become severe. Low area flooding will occur and flash flooding may be a possibility with this system.

Rain is projected to stay in the forecast into next week. 

NWS Shreveport

Heavy rains are forecast for our area until Sunday. A tropical weather system has stalled out over the Gulf states. 

Locally 3-6" are possible.Heavier rains up to 8" are possible to the south. 

NWS Forecast:

ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL MOVE TO THE SOUTH AT 10 MPH ACROSS NORTHERN AND CENTRAL LOUISIANA THIS TODAY.FREQUENT LIGHTNING AND HEAVY RAIN ARE POSSIBLE WITH ISOLATED CELLS.

National Weather Service

Tropical Storm Earl will hit the Yucatan Thursday morning. It has sustained winds of 45 mph and is headed toward the tourist destination of Belize.

Louisiana is not in the path of this storm. The storm should weaken when it makes landfall and is projected to continue across Mexico and into the Gulf of Mexico. 

NHC Advisory:

BULLETIN

Cory Crowe / KEDM

Today the University of Louisiana Monroe unveiled its new football field house. The $4.1 million facility was paid for by private donations. 

The building houses football offices, locker room and showers, conference room, video area and reception. A "Hall of History" connects the new building to Malone Stadium.

Cory Crowe / KEDM

It's summertime and the buzz of mosquitoes fills the air. Sometimes Louisiana residents celebrate that glorious buzzing sound of a mosquito truck.  

Shannon Rider of Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement explained spraying is all surveillance driven.  “It’s based on the data we receive each week through our traps and what those tell us.” Ryder says, “The spraying can be based on the mosquito counts or disease.”

Ouachita parish is broken into 51 zones.  I visited a West Monroe neighborhood and Rider showed me a mosquito trap. 

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