Meet the On-Air Team
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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!
My job involves On-Air weekday mornings 630am-10am and Saturday 6am-Noon., 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.
Michelle is On-Air mid-day 10:00am -3:00pm. She is the General Manger; Program & Music Director and oversees the Production & Promotions Departments. Michelle is married to Al Ross.
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.
Connie initially volunteered for KSWP in the 1980s as a teen. In March of 1991, she moved to the place she had dreamed about living in since she was a kid. Nashville Tennessee. She worked on the business side of music for 23 years at Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI).
Connie grew up in church but didn’t come to know the Lord as her personal Savior until she was 16. “Things were different for me from that moment because I knew that I belonged to Jesus, and I wanted to live for Him.”
God called her to ministry, and she is now serving Him at KSWP/KAVX Christian Radio as Production Assistant, Web Design, On-Air (7-midnight) and various other things.
Connie is a singer/songwriter and worship leader and is currently editing her first Bible study called A Lifestyle of Worship. She is also a ladies Bible teacher at Southside Baptist Church in Lufkin.
She has three cats, Crockett, Jack, and Annie. No matter what Tim Swanson says, Crockett is a beautiful Cat.
Yahweh, your God is in your midst; A Mighty Warrior who saves. He shall rejoice over you with joy; He renews you in His love; He will rejoice over you with loud singing.
You can hear Becky on the weekends on KSWP/KAVX. 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/KAVX and she loves being a part of the ministry!
Becky grew up in Lufkin and graduated from Lufkin high school. She received her Education degree from SFA and teaching in private and public schools for over 20 years. She is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for elementary and Intermediate ELA and Social Studies.
Becky made a public profession to Christ through believer’s baptism at 24 years old, after being raised in the church and 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 personally.”
Becky married her husband Steve in 1992, and they have three 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, crafting, and any activities with her family.
One of her favorite things is sharing God’s word and love through on-air ministry!
Sarina was born in Flint, MI, and raised in Winnsboro, La. She grew up in a single-parent home. Her mother constantly worked to support the family. At a young age, Sarina became depressed and, at one point, even diagnosed with bipolar and placed on meds. During jr. high, she began to experiment with drugs and alcohol. By her junior and senior years in high school, she had tried almost everything in the book, lost in a life of sin and destruction.
At 26 years old, she had already had her two boys and was a full-blown addict to methamphetamine and alcohol. She tried rehab and even moved to East Texas and went to a discipleship home for a few months. NOTHING seemed to help the emptiness and addiction to escape reality! She was married in February of 2014 to her husband now, and they had a baby girl that August.
Life continued to spiral out of control as her husband had a history of drug addiction. They traveled a lot and became more and more consumed by drugs, alcohol, and even adultery. There had to be a better way!
Finally, after another attempt at another discipleship home in 2018 and leaving after two months- Sarina surrendered in October of 2019 to a man named Jesus! She submitted to the leadership of Amy’s House, which is a discipleship home in Alto, Tx, and graduated in April 2020. Since then, God has restored her marriage and children.
God has given Sarina a heart for the hurting and the lost. Coming to work at KSWP/KAVX has been a dream come true- A Blessing! It is a great job, but she tells people about Jesus and how he saved her life to give others HOPE.
“It is such an honor to co-labor in the Kingdom of God.”
Paula began as a volunteer in 1997 as an on-air personality and periodically assisted with events as well. Though her professional career as the Executive Director of the Pregnancy Help Center of Lufkin kept her busy, she still found time to volunteer at Share-a-thon with her team and periodically would serve at various events. Paula’s love for contemporary Christian music, the people of KSWP/KAVX, and her joy of serving kept her always looking for ways to be involved. When in 2020, Paula hung up her hat as in non-profit and donned the hat of business ownership, she found the availability to get back on the air on Saturdays and as needed to fill-in for staff. Paula says, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my service at the radio station and look forward to many more years proclaiming God’s love through the airways.”
Paula will celebrate her 30th wedding anniversary to her husband Kip in July of this year. They have 3 children, one son-in-love, and the precious gift of their first grandchild. Paula is really loving the journey that God has placed before her, though it is a tough one at times, and knows that God goes before her and continues to prepare a way.
Paula can be heard on Saturdays on both KSWP and KAVX from 6 a.m. – Noon.