Behind the mic

Leader shares his love for Spanish music with children and tackles tough topics.



Francisco Treviño hosts “El Espacio del Tio Pancho” from 8-10 a.m., Saturdays, on 104.9 FM Que Buena.

Valerie Grant

 

Francisco Treviño, longtime president and CEO of the Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, has recently doubled down on his work in the community, adding “children’s radio show host” to his resume in March.

The live, Spanish-language music show is a 50th birthday present of sorts to Treviño, who is a father of three — but it’s local listeners who are celebrating.



AB: What’s it like doing “El Espacio del Tio Pancho” (“Uncle Pancho’s Space”)?

FT: I like doing it live because people can call in and ask for songs and send greetings. The music is very traditional. It’s not silly songs that the parents will get tired of listening to.

What’s the reaction been like from kids and parents?

We had a caller who said, “I don’t know when you guys came up with this program, but I’m enjoying the music, and this is the first time my kids are sitting quiet, listening to the song inside the car.” A truck driver on the border of Arkansas and Oklahoma was telling me on the air, “This song brings back memories. I’m listening to
“La Muñeca Fea” (“The Ugly Doll”), just thinking of my childhood.”

These days, you don’t see kids living a full childhood. They grow up so fast and they don’t have the opportunity to be children. In a way, that’s what I want to bring back.

You’ve got a character as the show’s host, right?

As Tio Pancho I give advice to people. I tell it like it is, respectfully. I promote the culture, the language, imagination, the arts, creativity. So, in a way the
character is me. But at least by being Tio Pancho, I can be more open.

It’s like a secret identity. Do you think people know now that you’re Tio Pancho?

They’d probably be surprised — if I’m at the chamber, how can I be doing children’s music over here? They are complete opposites.

You’d think so, and yet it sounds like the goals of the chamber and the radio show are the same: promoting the community.

Exactly. There’s a lot of good within the Hispanic community. It’s not what you hear about out there. People think because I’m Hispanic I’m undocumented, or because I’m Hispanic I’m taking advantage of social services and I don’t pay taxes. And that’s not true.

I talk about immigration on the program. My goal is to have kids join me on the program — have it not just be my show but their show, too. So I invited a Hispanic girl, and we talked after Trump came out with his immigration stuff. As a child, and as Tio Pancho, we talked about it. I would ask questions; she would answer me back, in a child’s perspective. Her mom was there, and another lady was there. They were just listening.

I don’t think a lot of people really talk to kids. People say you have to look down to kids. No. You have to look at their eye level. We have those conversations that maybe kids don’t usually have.

You’re giving them the opportunity to participate.

I think it’s healthy for kids to be able to express themselves about the real problems of an adult. Because this immigration issue doesn’t just affect the adults. It affects the kids, as well. The not knowing if, by the time they get back from school, their parents are going to be there (or if they will be picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials). That’s a true fear in our community.

By being open on some of the issues with the kids, I think you accomplish a couple of things. You let the kids know that we know they suffer just like us. Two, you allow them to have confidence in themselves. 

 

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The work of renowned artist Christopher Curtis will be featured at Tulsa Botanic Garden’s first sculpture exhibit March 17 through August 26. Curtis works primarily in stone and he often...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 ages 13+, $4 ages 3-12. Kids 2 and under free

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Lori Hutson
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 ORU offers a wide variety of summer camps from basketball camp to swimming camp for all ages. For a schedule and list of options visit ORUCES.com/camps.

Cost: Prices Vary

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Telephone: 918-495-6000
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Legion LIVE! 2018 is a day-long event filled with live music on two stages, broadcast live to troops around the world! FREE and open to the public, the event raises much-needed funds for the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
American Legion Post 1
1120 E 8th Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: American Legion Post 1
Telephone: 918-809-3745
Contact Name: Kasey Rideout

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This annual FREE new home showcase is presented by the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa and sponsored by Samsung Electronics.  This year’s event will feature more than 150...

Cost: FREE

Where:
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Sponsor: Samsung
Contact Name: Nathan Carter

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Crossing borders are central Consuelo J. Underwood’s artistic practice. In this exhibition inspired by land, politics, and spirit, Underwood speaks to her individual understanding of borders...

Cost: Free

Where:
108 Contemporary
108 E Mathew B. Brady St, Tulsa, OK 74103
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 191-889-56302

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Break the rules of conventional museums at the third annual Please Touch the Art exhibit. Mark your calendars for the opening reception Friday, June 1 from 5 - 9 p.m., in conjunction with the Tulsa...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74119
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Sponsor: McKeon Center for Creativity
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Barton

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The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) hosts a Swing dance and lessons  The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) is the only UNESCO recognized dance organization in Oklahoma.  We are a 501c3...

Cost: $7

Where:
Community Center - South Minister Presby Church
3500 So Peoria
1/2 west of Peoria, on 35pl behind the church
Tulsa, OK  74102
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Sponsor: The Ok Swing Syndicate
Telephone: 918-450-691
Contact Name: Rita Robbins
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Still I Rise is a dramatic dance-theatre presentation incorporating all elements of Bharatanatyam, some elements of yoga, theatre, spoken word and music. The performance exemplifies the example of...

Cost: $15

Where:
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: South Asian Performing Arts Foundation
Telephone: (918) 625 6037
Contact Name: Mohan Kelkar
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Opera in the Ozarks, the nationally acclaimed summer music festival and training program for top emerging opera professionals, celebrates its 2018 Season from June 22 to July 20 with nearly...

Cost: $25

Where:
Inspiration Point
16311 Hwy. 62 West
Eureka Springs, AR  72632
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Shades of White is a play written by Ilan Kozlowski and directed by Rebecca Ungerman.  For mature audiences.

Cost: $18-$20

Where:
John H. Williams Theatre, Tulsa PAC
110 E. Second St.
Tulsa, OK  74103
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“Sovereignty” comes to Tulsa for a reading

Monday, June 18, see a staged reading of the buzzed-about new play by Oklahoma native Mary Kathryn Nagle.

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QUIZ: Which Tulsa Mural Fits Your Personality?

Tulsa has a plethora of colorful, vibrant murals! But which one should be the backdrop for your next selfie?

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Video: BA Ninja Warrior

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The Fabulous Mid-Life Crisis

The popular cover band is scheduled to bring the good times (and huge crowds) to Summer's Fifth Night in Utica Square on June 7.

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When you’re 4, everything is super

From the editor: Here's to a super-duper June, Tulsa!

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