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Official podcast for the Rio Grande Guardian, the first online newspaper to launch on the South Texas border, starting out in July, 2005. The Rio Grande Guardian has an excellent reputation for accurate and thorough news reporting, with a specialty for border business, legislative, political, healthcare, environment, and education issues.
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The Rio Grande Podcast

Rio Grande Valley, Texas - RGV 956

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Welcome to the Rio Grande Podcast, the valley's newest adventure. If you live anywhere in the Rio Grande Valley, this show is about YOU. This is your home, and you're proud of it! It's time to showcase the power and beauty of this region we've all grown to love. We're going to explore the best ways to thrive living in South Texas, empower each other to stay healthy in the middle of Hispanic culture, and illuminate the faces of local business. It's time to build community and amplify the voic ...
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For the Love of Jewelers, a Rio Grande podcast, delves into the multifaceted world of jewelry making. Through candid interviews with leaders and influencers in the field, we uncover the journeys, inspirations and challenges that shape their work. Whether you're a seasoned jeweler seeking fresh perspectives or an aspiring artisan looking for guidance, join us as we explore the intersection of artistry and business in the jewelry industry. Have questions or topics you'd like us to cover? We'd ...
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Daily Living In And Around The Rio Grande Valley - {★★★★★} Review CLICK HERE For A FREE Report Of Homes For Sale in Weslaco: www.eddiepicasso.com You might be wondering, how much does living cost in The Rio Grande Valley. Are you looking for breaking news, videos, and the latest top stories in The Rio Grande Valley? Best real estate agent Weslaco, Tx, Eddie Picasso gives you the breaking news, videos, and the latest top stories in RGV real estate news, business, politics, health and pop cult ...
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Judge Treviño, commissioners, thank you very much for allowing me the time to be here this morning. I know I don't have very much time so I'm going to jump right into this. The first thing that I wanted to start off with was safety. Safety is our number one concern with regards to community, with regards to our employees, and with regards to the en…
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This week we take a deep dive into the work going on at Sea Turtle, Inc. in South Padre Island. Have you visited yet? Sea Turtle, Inc. truly is the future of sea turtle conservation for the world. The most common species found here is the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle - a critically endangered species. One of the facility’s biggest objectives? Educating…
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Just to refresh everybody's memory. Rio Grande LNG leased a 984-acre site from the Port of Brownsville. The project will consist of five LNG trains. The estimated investment on the project is $18 billion with $12 billion of that being for phase one alone, with trains one to three. At the peak there will be over 5,000 construction jobs or five to se…
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MCALLEN, Texas - Belén Guerrero, Mission Economic Development Corporation’s chief operating officer, recently spoke to investors that are keen to bring manufacturing and high-tech companies from India to the Rio Grande Valley. The event was hosted by the Council for South Texas Economic Progress and was held at the Casa De Palmas in McAllen. Guerre…
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EDINBURG, Texas - Growth, growth, and more growth. That was the message Carlos Garza, project manager for Edinburg Economic Development Organization, made a pitch to investors from India. The event was hosted by the Council for South Texas Economic Progress and was held at the Casa De Palmas in McAllen. “One of the things that we boast here is that…
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PORT MANSFIELD, Texas - Several tons of trash was collected during the annual Port Mansfield Cut & Beach Cleanup. Hundreds of volunteers participated in the event Miller and Kathie Bassler began organizing 15 years ago with the idea of keeping the area clean of debris and trash from across the harbor all the way to the cut. Dozens of boats owned by…
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HARLINGEN, Texas - While there were a few surprising omissions in her 2024 State of the City Address, Harlingen Mayor Norma Sepulveda did cover a lot of ground in her one-hour presentation. Sepulveda did not mention the work of the Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce, Texas State Technical College, the Port of Harlingen, and Los Indios International…
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HARLINGEN, Texas - Harlingen Mayor Norma Sepulveda says the South Texas border region does not get fair news coverage at the national level. Too many of the stories are negatively slanted, she says, which is why the South Texas Coalition of Mayors is so important. Ron Whitlock Reports interviewed Sepulveda on a range of subjects just before she wen…
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Have you checked out ‘Búho’ bookstore? Búho is the Rio Grande Valley’s newest local bookstore in downtown Brownsville. What started out literally as a wandering shower thought turned into a local gem of a bookshop that is bringing people together every week to help build the sense of community that the 956 deserves. From regular wine tastings to ad…
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MCALLEN, Texas - South Texas Manufacturers Association members heard about apprenticeship programs at their most recent monthly meeting, held at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton in McAllen. The presentation was made by Dr. Carlos Margo, associate dean in the Office of Industry Training & Economic Development at South Texas College. Margo gave an ove…
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MCALLEN, Texas - Adrian Villarreal, president and CEO of IBC Bank-McAllen, says the North American Free Trade Agreement - now known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement - has transformed Deep South Texas. Villarreal spoke about his bank’s heavy involvement in NAFTA and USMCA while participating in a bankers panel at the City of McAllen’s re…
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PHARR, Texas - Manny Vela, vice president and chief operating officer for Texas A&M McAllen, said the excitement in the room during a panel discussion about higher education at the recent IWS3 was palpable. Vela was joined on stage by South Texas College President Ricardo Solis and UT-Rio Grande Valley Associate Vice President for Workforce and Eco…
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PHARR, Texas - Maroula Khraiche, an assistant economics professor at UT-Rio Grande Valley, spoke about a range of economic topics at the recent IWS3. She concluded her remarks by saying, “the conclusion is the next five years are likely to be experiencing less globalization and more protectionism, which can damper competition.” Before that Khraiche…
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This week we take a dive into the world of therapy and counseling with licensed therapist Valerie Rivera to discuss the state of mental health in the Rio Grande Valley. As a specialist in childhood trauma and couples therapy, Valerie works hard to brighten the lives of her neighbors by helping them heal from life’s trials and navigate everyday chal…
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HIDALGO, Texas - The first cohort of students have graduated from Valley View High School with a high school diploma and a minor in Spanish from UT-San Antonio. Valley View, one of the smallest school districts in Hidalgo County, used to have a similar tie-up with UT-Pan American and then UT-Rio Grande Valley. But these days, the emphasis on helpin…
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PHARR, Texas - South Texas College President Ricardo Solis says his college would be in a much stronger position to help the Rio Grande Valley grow if it was also operating in Cameron County. Currently, STC is limited by statute to Hidalgo and Starr counties. But maybe one day that might change, Solis said. “South Texas College by the way, we are j…
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Freddsters is in the building! This week we sit down with viral tik tok foodie Alfredo Garcia to talk about his career in content creation and explore how he was able to go from working with the family business to exploding into social media stardom. We also discuss how he found himself in the middle of a viral situation with singer Cardi B! With o…
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Daniel is a student from Bolivia. Actually he just graduated! He shares about his heart and calling for the unreached of the world, his desire to plant churches, and a little of his struggle to be at peace about what God has next for him, even if its not moving to a closed country or dangerous country.…
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EDINBURG, Texas - A collaboration between McAllen Economic Development Corporation and a team of four marketing students from UT-Rio Grande Valley is already paying dividends. The Xolat marketing agency - comprising Karla Medrano, Susana Ibarra, Melanie Garza, and Regina Cerna-Matamoros - was formed within the Robert C. Vackar College of Business &…
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BROWNSVILLE, Texas - The City of Harlingen and Harlingen Economic Development Corporation are working hard to make sure access to capital is not a barrier for budding entrepreneurs in the city. This was the message Harlingen Mayor Norma Sepulveda gave when she appeared as a panelist at RGV StartUp Week. The weeklong event, held at the eBridge Cente…
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BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS - Brownsville Mayor John Cowen, Jr., won many plaudits for his first ever State of the City Address. “Epic is an understatement when your mayor, John Cowen, rocks the 2024 State of the City,” said Brownsville City Manager Helen Ramirez. The event was held at Texas Southmost College’s Performing Arts Center. TSC had never staged s…
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Have you discovered the beautiful Daphne Michelle? Check out this week’s episode to see what it took to turn a dream into a goal - and a goal into an unfolding beautiful reality. Listen to Daphne’s story and check out the music style that is taking her to new heights in the Latin American music world. Support her work and don’t forget to follow @Da…
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Tessie Ledesma is a new author who chased her lifelong dream of writing a book, a journey that took her from pageants to possums in the middle of the pandemic. When she saw first-hand the need to spread a much-needed message about self-love and belonging, she knew she had to act, but she needed to find a way to speak to the thousands of kids that n…
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Our normal rule is to not edit out "mistakes". In this case I edited a version with distractions taken out in case you want to save on time and just hear the story. If you want to listen to everything look for the "Uncut" version of this episode. Listen to how God has worked in Manny and Yesenia's lives. God has been with them on their journey to t…
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Listen to how God has worked in Manny and Yesenia's lives. God has been with them on their journey to the mission field where God has called them, but he was also with them even before they knew him. This is the uncut version of the episode. I was supposed to have someone ready to watch the kids during the recording and I completely forgot. So ther…
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PHARR, Texas - Steve Valdez, executive director of Weslaco Economic Development Corporation, gave a presentation recently to visiting national site selectors. The site selectors were brought to the Rio Grande Valley by the Council for South Texas Economic Progress and Pharr Economic Development Corporation. Valdez met up with the selectors at a bre…
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PHARR, Texas - Rick Carrera, economic development director for the Council for South Texas Economic Progress, recently gave an in-depth presentation about the Rio South Texas region to four national site selectors. The event, held at the Forum by Regency in Pharr, was co-hosted by COSTEP and Pharr Economic Development Corporation. In his remarks, C…
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Hey guys! This week we head to Harlingen to talk to Ms. Lexi Peralta of Jade Candle Co. to meet another local business owner who has taken Cameron County by storm with her non-toxic custom made candles. The story of how she got into this business is as fun and interesting as she is herself! Learn about the candle-making process, what she loves abou…
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DALLAS, Texas - Senior executives from two border-based banks were on a panel that discussed nearshoring. Michael Scaief, chairman of the board and CEO of Texas Regional Bank, and Gerald ‘Gerry’ Schwebel, executive vice president of IBC Bank, spoke at the Texas-Mexico Business Forum in Dallas. The moderator was Fernando Sepúlveda, founder and CEO o…
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MCALLEN, Texas - Ralph Garcia, vice president of international business recruitment for McAllen Economic Development Corporation, has spoken about new industrial space being created on the north side of his city. “As we continue to grow as a community, one of the challenges that we have on the south side, being close to the border, is availability …
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Bob Kracht shares with us how God changed the trajectory of his life and brought him to serve at Rio Grande Bible Ministries. Bob and his wife, Barb, are the longest standing members on Rio Grande staff. Bob has seen ups and downs over the years but has remained faithful to the calling of God on his life to serve the students that the Lord brings u…
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It is with great pride and excitement that I stand before you today for this historic groundbreaking ceremony for the new air traffic control tower here at Valley International Airport. This project marks a significant milestone in our continuous efforts to enhance and expand our facilities to better serve the citizens of the Rio Grande Valley. Ove…
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BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS - Bret Gardella, executive director and CEO of the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation, was in the audience for a presentation about the possible creation of a Greater Brownsville Municipal Development District. The presentation was made by Brownsville City Attorney Guillermo (Will) Treviño at a breakfast event hosted by t…
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