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Real Shreveport sits down with two local social media giants

  • Joel Rodgers

Dear Shreveport,


Today is Valentine’s Day, and we wanted to get you something special, so we did.

We know how much you love The Crayfish, Reporter Timmy Lane, and crawfish; so why not combine the three for one epic interview?

You deserve an interview with Shreveport’s social media giants; The Crayfish and Timmy Lane, sitting on a picnic table, outside of Shaver’s Catering, talking about life.


Since March 2017; Shreveport has been in stitches over the knee-slapping satirical wit of The Crayfish. You probably saw a Crayfish post before clicking on this link, didn’t you?They’ve got mad reach on social media, and they’re growing.
It all started with “one Crayfish”, Dax LaCray. Now he says “The Crayfish” has crawled to 30 members (although some do not contribute).

Timmy Lane is the hardest working, most trusted news source in Shreveport. When breaking news happens Timmy Lane is the source everyone turns to because he has relationships with his community. He’s always one of the first on scene and he’s very reliable.

He’s Shreveport’s most trusted news source, here’s why;
At 38,000 Facebook followers, Timmy has more than the top anchor at 3, 6, 12, and 33… combined. The second closest to Timmy only has 16k.

Here’s another thing that sets Timmy apart from other reporters, he works for free. Lane is actually a bus driver for Red River Trailways. That’s how he makes money, him being a news reporter is totally freelance.


Interesting note: it was the first time they’ve ever met Face-to-face*.

*Dax LaCray (writer/editor; Crayfish News) request his face not appear on camera, but rather be replaced by a poorly photoshopped crawfish or Leonardo DiCaprio wearing a tuxedo.

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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at

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