During his time as anchor and News Director for KRGV-Channel 5, Rick Díaz became the most trusted man in the region.
There are few voices which become iconic in the mind of a general audience. Some of the most popular include James Cagney and Morgan Freeman. In the Rio Grande Valley, that voice belongs to Rick Díaz. During his time as anchor and News Director for KRGV-Channel 5, Díaz became the most trusted man in the region. Families invited him into their homes giving both bad and good news with such ease and gravitas that he became a member of those families.
He is a treasure trove of stories that span well over 40 years. His legacy, however, ironically is a segment he created about 15 years ago which he has nurtured during his retirement. That is the bi-weekly segments known as Con Mí Gente (With my People). Unique stories of the region are featured each Tuesday and Thursday. The well-researched segment covers events, people and traditions of the Rio Grande Valley. And, the audience is hard-pressed not to come away at the very least with a new tidbit of information after seeing one of them.
Díaz stated that he has been approached by local museums to archive all his segments as pieces of historical importance. Humbly, Díaz is surprised at the monument he has created one segment at a time. Subjects of the series have included the South Texas Comic Con to a team of ladies from Brownsville keeping their family’s 67-year tamale making tradition alive during the holiday season, and the historical connection between a Stockholm, Texas local Valley town built by Swedish Pioneers.
Every story maintains its own yarn, but seen in a light that weaves itself into the rich tapestry of the area. Knowing this it is easy to understand that, when asked what he felt was the most important thing in life after his many professional and personal accomplishments, he responded, “Have fun with life and enjoy it all.”
By Mary Ann Escamilla