Meet the On-Air Personalities
and the behind-the-scenes Staff!
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Al Ross, a Veteran radio personality and family man, is married to Michelle Ross and has 8 kids. Al began Radio in East Texas. After Al found the Lord, he partnered with Pam Muze and Jan Herlocker to create a Christian music show in called “Life Song.”
Life Song played artists like: Keith Green, Degarmo and Key, Farrell & Farrell, Sandi Patti, etc. By the mid 80’s, Al & familly moved to Houston and Christian station KSBJ (7 years)… then, KCBI – Dallas, Marlin Maddoux, POV, USA Radio Network
Al’s unique combination of professional expertise coupled with his off-beat sense of humor is what endears him to listeners!
He is General Manager of KSWP/KAVX and pastors Calvary Chapel Lufkin.
Al is On-Air weekday mornings 6am-10am with Kevin (below) and Good Friends in the Morning.
Find out what happens every day on the Good Friends Blog.
A native of southeast Texas, Kevin was raised in a nuclear home, grandmother (Mamaw) next door and parents who attended church every time the doors were opened. “I was a Christian before I was saved (at the age of 7) because that was what my parents said I was going to do!”. Singing and music were always a part of my childhood as my Dad sang in the choir and often was the interim music leader when the church was in need.
Kevin is also part of 4 generations of Lumberjacks who have attended SFA (his middle daughter is a sophomore at SFA now). During his time at SFA, Kevin was a part of the leadership of the Baptist Student Association and listened to KSWP almost from the very beginning.
After obtaining a BS and MS in Biology, he obtained his Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the Medical College of Wisconsin followed by Cancer research at the Arkansas Cancer Research Center in Little Rock. In 2002, things came full circle as he returned to SFA as an assistant professor in the Biology department, where he remains as the Pre-Health Professions Director.
Personally, Kevin is married and has 5 children and 2 granddaughters who are his world. “You can’t be raised by such loving and wonderful parents and my Mamaw and discount the value of time with your loved ones”, Kevin says. Other than spending time at home with them, Kevin also has been a high school football official and in the 2017 football season was the color commentator for the SFA Lumberjacks broadcast on radio and ESPN3
“The Lord has truly blessed me with such amazing people and opportunities in my life. I had always wondered why God called me to be a scientist; but, like so many things in my life that I do not understand, I simply trust in Him as I take one step at a time. Although my sister and her family do church planting in foreign countries, which is an eternal good, I struggled with my earthly knowledge of cells and the human body until one night in 2006 when I met Louie Giglio and God’s plan came into full view”. Simply look at the youtube video below of Louie Giglio and Laminin for the rest of the story. By the way, the molecular biologist mentioned in the clip is Kevin!
Listen to Kevin on Al and Kevin and you Good friends in the morning Weekdays from 6-10am.
Michelle is On-Air Weeknights 7-midnight. She is the Program & Music Director and oversees the Production & Promotions Departments. Michelle is married to Al (above).
My job involves On-Air Middays 10am-3pm, Production Director, Chief Engineer, Technical Director, ITT, & Assistant Program Director
I was born and raised in the Houston area and dreamt of becoming a DJ since I was 7 years old when I got a little reel-to-reel tape recorder. I played “DJ” for hours and hours.
Although I was raised in church, I did not accept Jesus as Savior until my senior year in high school. After graduation, I moved to San Augustine and enrolled at Stephen F. Austin State University. After spending one semester at SFA I felt the call to ministry and transferred to Jacksonville Baptist College in Texas.
Presently I live in San Augustine with the love of my life, my wife Linda, whom I married in 1979. We have two grown daughters and five grandchildren.
We both pastor CrossRoads Christian Center Church, where I also play the guitar and lead worship. Linda and I both love Geocaching. I also do a daily blog based on reading the Bible called Morning Thought
I started with KSWP in 1986 as a volunteer installing a telephone system, slowly working myself on-the-air, then into production, and engineering. I volunteered for nine years before becoming part of the full-time staff.
God began changing my life as a child. My first memories of Him continue to be what my reality is today, a simple understanding of the deep, inconceivable truth that He loves me.
I am: fourth of six children, wife of Mark, mom of 4 amazing kids, local radio personality, hiring manager, director of Mission NAC, SFA graduate in Journalism, Radio/Television, Kinesiology. (I know! I couldn’t make up my mind!)
I have been: a former national radio news anchor, teacher, public relations director, coach, collegiate ball player.
My greatest adventure: Being a wife and mom!
I always thought I would be: A foreign missionary!
Favorite ministries: KSWP & KAVX, personally disciplining young women, Mission NAC!
My favorite things to do: Travel, read, sports (Participate! Not watch!)
Listen to Tiki weekday afternoons from 3pm-7pm and weekends Noon-6pm.
Henry joined KSWP in the late 1990’s.
“I worked for a secular station but it was not what God wanted me to do. I was working one day and God spoke to me when it was announced on KSWP they were looking for volunteers. So I applied.
It is an honor to work here with such fine people and I Thank all of those who help make it possible.
But most of all I would like to thank my Savior who died for me. I don’t know how many years I have left But I am going to spend it telling people about Jesus.”
Henry is married and has grown children.
You hear him 7 days a week from Midnight to 6 a.m. as Overnight with Henry. As you listen you’ll hear his signature phrase, “Praise Jesus and thank you for listening.”
Connie originally volunteered for KSWP in the 1980’s as a teen. After graduation she eventually moved to Nashville, Tenn and worked in the music industry. Now she’s back in the office and on the air.
Hi, I’m Emily! I am currently working part time at KSWP/ KAVX and am on air Saturdays, 6-Midnight. I am a full time student at Angelina College, serve as an Ambassador for the school, and am a part of the honor society on campus. I am engaged to my high school sweetheart, Austin, and getting ready to start our life together! It is such a blessing to be a part of this ministry at KSWP/ KAVX.
Becky is currently heard on- air on KSWP Sundays from 6 a.m. to noon. She also fills in on other weekend shifts when needed. She began as a volunteer on-air personality for nearly two years in 1995.
After leaving the East Texas area for nearly 20 years, God provided an opportunity for her to return to KSWP and she loves being a part of the ministry!
Becky grew up and graduated from high school in Lufkin. She received her Education degree from SFA and teaching in private and public schools for over 20 years.
She currently teaches 3rd grade. Becky made a public profession to Christ through believer’s baptism at 24 years old, after having been raised in church and being confirmed as a teenager. “I grew to see that I needed to be sure I’d made the decision myself and I needed to discover God was available to me on a personal level.”
Becky married her husband Steve in 1992 and have 3 children – 2 sons and a daughter.
She is happy to share how God grew their family through adoption and help others struggling with being able to start a family.
Becky enjoys shopping, any activities with her kids, and cheering at her husband’s football games under Friday night lights.
One of her favorite things is sharing God’s word and love through on-air ministry!
Mrs. Smith has lived in East Texas since 1982 and is married with 3 grown children.
She attended a Texas Education Agency Accredited Business College from which she graduated in 1990.
She has worked for KSWP/KAVX since 2014.
“Of all accounting jobs, KSWP/KAVX has been the most gratifying in that I can pray with and for people”.
She’s the voice you hear on the phone and the first person you see walking in the office. She’s not that mysterious. It’s Ms. Parker!
Ms. Parker was born in West Texas and has lived most of her life in East Texas. Started working at KSWP/KAVX Nov. 2013. She is a loving mother and grandmother, she is preceded in death by her niece, mother, and father… oh this is a bio, not an obit.
Just a few things she does around the station are; answer the phones, manage the 90.9 KSWP & 91.9 KAVX emails, and the AMEN prayer page, enter all the events submitted onto the KSWP & KAVX online event pages, coding accounts, traffic manager and Administrative Assistant.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14
Vicki has been a member of the KSWP/KAVX team since 1999.
She is a native Houstonian, but moved to Lufkin with her husband in 1990. Vicki and Milton married in 1980, and are blessed with 2 daughters, 2 son-in-laws, and 2 granddaughters.
Although she was raised in church her whole life, she didn’t trust Christ as her Saviour until the age of 15.
She most enjoys spending time with her family, especially her 2 precious granddaughters.
You may not see her in the light, but she is always busy behind the scenes maintaining the donor database and is often found talking with someone about their gift and updating information, as the Partner Management Coordinator.
Joshua is a Programming Assistant. He was born in Lufkin and has lived his entire life in East Texas. He has been working for KSWP/KAVX since August 2004, when he started as a volunteer during his senior year of high school.
Originally planning on going to Tennessee to attend university, he decided to stay closer to home and was hired as a programming assistant while he obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing at Stephen F. Austin State University. After graduating, he spent six weeks traveling in Greece, Albania, and Kosovo. Today, when he’s not working, it’s a good chance you’ll find him listening to music, reading a book, or exploring Google Earth and Wikipedia for places to travel to in the future.
As a Programming Assistant, Josh creates the daily program logs used on both stations to play music and programs. He also listens and edits all the music you hear.