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Ralph Trey Rivera, Radio Rookie

Ralph Trey Rivera at 4th and 1 Football Camp in Mt. Pleasant, TX.

Ralph Trey Rivera at 4th & 1 Football Camp in Mt. Pleasant, TX.

In the summer of 2012, the Recollective went to 4th & 1 Football Camps in East Lansing, Michigan and Mt. Pleasant, Texas to teach workshops on photography and radio as well as interview the student athletes; one of those student athletes was Ralph Trey Rivera (Trey). Trey loved radio and was game to be interviewed and he asked lots of questions about radio. In the summer of 2013, Trey took over our work at the camp in Texas, and learned how to record and edit interviews with his peers. He edited a short piece from his recordings and has posted several stories on Cowbird. He even recorded an interview with the camp’s Executive Director, Vivian Chum, about his dream of creating his own non-profit.  Trey’s radio work at 4th & 1 caught the attention of the folks at Radio Diaries (some of the master’s of the art of radio, documentary). Trey was chosen out of over 800 submissions, as a semi-finalist in their Teenage Diaries Project. We are all wishing him the best as he pursues his dreams! So from the Recollective Radio Rookie desk, here’s Ralph Trey Rivera:

The Recollective: How did you first get interested in radio? What about radio excited you?

Trey: My first radio experience was at a camp called 4th & 1.  I was interested how they were able to take the stories of the campers like myself and communicate them to an audience.  It was exciting because you could speak to different groups of people and learn about them and each story was a new adventure for me.

Residents of Treece, Kansas come together to listen to their story


On July 2, I returned to Southeast Kansas to present our audio documentary, “Treece, Kansas: Ghost Town in the Making,” along with the photographs of Dina Kantor.  We had a great turnout and got to see lots of familiar faces including many of the past residents of Treece. I have never had the humbling experience of standing alongside people listening to our effort to document their story, it was both scary and exciting. I feel so grateful for the opportunity to have worked with the people of Treece who so generously opened their homes and hearts to share the story of their town.

Check out the article in Joplin Globe about the event.

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Funding for the documentary was provided in part by the Kansas Humanities Council and the generous gifts of many friends and supporters. Thank you!