While the on-air sound of KLUX would give the impression of a staff of a dozen or more, the reality is that there are just a few talented full time people who make it all happen. They work hard to to bring you the finest radio experience possible. Read a little about each and get to know them.
Learn about our Full Time Staff
Learn about our Volunteer Staff
Full Time Staff
Deacon Mark Cazalas
Mark has spent most of his life in Corpus Christi. He is a Deacon in the Diocese of Corpus Christi and serves at both Most Precious Blood Catholic Church and at the Immaculate Conception Chapel at St. John Paul II High School. He is retired from the Texas Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) after 30 years of service where he served in various roles, including Director of Quality Assurance, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer. He has extensive experience working with persons with disabilities. While working for HHS, he worked with the associated 501(c)(3) and its Board. He served as a Subject Matter Expert, Instructor, and Incident Commander in the Incident Command System for the Texas Department of Health & Human Services. He enjoys music, radio, computer and stereo equipment, basketball, exercise, and reading. He is married to Laura Cazalas, who is the Special Programs Coordinator for Port Aransas ISD. They have three children – Holly is a kindergarten teacher, Joshua works in computers and Luke is studying at Texas A&M University at Galveston.
Director of Broadcast Operations
A veteran of over 50 years in radio and television, Russ came to the KLUX staff in 1994, after having worked at KXVI/Dallas, KXOL/Ft. Worth, KGVL/Greenville, TX, KGOE/Thousand Oaks, CA, WFLB/Fayetteville, NC, WBSR/Pensacola, FL, and KRYS/K.99 and KOUL/Corpus Christi. Russ prepares the daily logs, production, schedules, fills in on the air, and creates most of the scripts that you hear on the station. His creativity, voice, and talent help make KLUX what it is. In addition to his duties at KLUX, Russ is also responsible for scheduling and overseeing the Television programming of the Catholic Communications Network. Russ sings professionally, enjoys trivia, and is an avid fan of auto racing. He has often been heard as the track announcer at stock car races across Texas and Oklahoma. Russ’ greatest joy is his family, son Russ III. daughter Kimberly, daughter-in-law Samantha and grandsons Caleb and Aiden. Retirement is a word he avoids, whenever possible.
Office Manager/Administrative Assistant
Irene has spent all of her life in Corpus Christi and brings 18 years of experience of working for a non-profit organization from her previous employment with the March of Dimes Foundation. She is also a current Co-Leader for a non-profit organization called Chicktime, Inc. in which she serves the children at BokenKamp Children’s Home on the 3rd Saturday of every month. A parishioner of Christ the King Catholic Church, Irene enjoys fishing, camping, crafting, sewing and getting together with her family along with her husband Michael who is a Native of Bronx, NY and currently a Loader/Operator with AES Drilling/Superior Weighting Products. Irene has 3 daughters and truly enjoys spending quality time with her 6 grandbabies – Gracelynn Annette, Kaiden Jeramiah, Layla Nicole, Esperanza (Hope), Rose and Tiffany. She also has two pets who keep her busy – a dog named Duke and a cat named Gus.
Richard continues the broadcasting legacy of his family following in the career of his father, the late Leopold Luna, who was renowned as a popular local Spanish language newscaster. Richard has been associated with Diocesan Telecommunications and KLUX in one way or another for more than 20 years. Most of that time he has acted as the Producer / Director of the weekly Sunday morning Television Mass Broadcasts from Corpus Christi Cathedral. We are most fortunate to have him back in a full time capacity to bring his production skills to benefit KLUX as well. Richard and wife Ruth are very active in the scouting movement with son Jonathon and enjoy the campouts as a family. Daughter Hannah is growing up fast…
Jesse De Leon
Morning Host & Staff Announcer
Jesse De Leon feels right at home behind the microphone. The Harlingen, Texas native and University of Texas graduate first got on the air in 1989 at KRIX-FM and KRGE-FM in McAllen before making the move to Corpus Christi where he was on the air at KMXR-FM from 1992 until 2011. He has also written a weekly music column for the Corpus Christi Caller Times and worked in the production department at KIII-TV. During his hiatus from the airwaves, Jesse earned his Master’s Degree in Communication from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and went on to teach speech at Del Mar College and serve as Public Information Officer for the City of Corpus Christi. Happily, it has all come full circle, as his position as Morning Host and Development Director allows him to utilize everything he has learned to not only give back to his community, but to also honor God. Jesse and his fiancée Leticia Mondragon are parishioners and lectors at Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
A native of Houston and a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio with a degree in computer information systems, Greg moved to Corpus Christi in 2003. KLUX found him when he became involved in the multimedia ministry operations at Most Precious Blood Parish where he and wife Donna are parishioners. During the week Greg is a Sr. Sales Engineer for Siemens Industry. He also enjoys golf and reading when the opportunity presents itself.
Our Volunteer Staff
Pete Lutz has been honing his radio voice since high school, and has worked professionally at radio stations in Georgia and Texas. As A U.S. Navy retiree, Pete now works full-time at NAS Corpus Christi. He began volunteering at KLUX in 2011. His voice instantly added another dimension to the overall KLUX sound. His wit and humor (always in tact) make for enjoyable and productive recording sessions. Pete’s other talents include acting at Harbor Playhouse, singing with the Corpus Christi Chorale, and creating audiobooks for his children and grandson. He is currently at work on a 12-episode series of new audio dramas, produced in the style of one of his passions…… that of Old-time Radio.
Melissa has been working in the mass communications field for more than seven years. She was the director of public affairs for the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce for two years and also coordinated various communication efforts for the Greater Corpus Christi Business Alliance. She also served as an associate news producer for KXAN-TV in Austin, TX. Melissa has also made a name for herself with the Corpus Christi public television station, KEDT-TV, where she served as a production assistant for Justice for my People: The Dr. Hector P. Garcia Story. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Ralph, her son, Eric, and her Pekingese, Conan.
Macie has been with KLUX for more then 20 years. She began as the host of “Today’s Successful Woman” in the late 80’s, and served as host of “Our Shepherd’s View” for more then 6 years. Macie has always been heard on KLUX as one of our top voices. Besides being an accomplished broadcaster, Macie teaches piano to students across the Coastal Bend, and is a long standing member of the Cathedral Pontifical Chorale. She and her husband John live on their ranch near Mathis, Texas. One of her greatest joys is hosting exchange students from distant countries.
Host – “Our Shepherd’s View”
A native of Corpus Christi, Barbara returned to Corpus Christi after working for Charles Schwab & Co., and living across the country. She recently completed her graduate studies at Texas A & M University and thoroughly enjoyed being back in school. As a member of St. Pius X she is a Eucharistic Minister and is involved in their capital campaign. She is also part of the FIRST FRIDAY committee and several scholarship committees. She enjoys traveling, gardening and being outdoors.
Dr. Marylynn Wesson
Marylynn has a Doctor of Ministry with a sub-concentration in Evangelization from The Catholic University of America. Her most recent ministerial position was as the Director of Discipleship Formation at St. Austin Catholic Parish in Austin, TX. Prior to her position at St. Austin, in Dallas, TX, she was a Pastoral Associate at Christ the King Parish with a ministry to the home-bound, sick, elderly, bereaved, and troubled youth, the R.C.I.A. Director at St. Monica, a theology teacher at the all-girls college preparatory high school, Ursuline Academy, and an adjunct instructor of World Religions at North Lake College. As a professionally trained voice talent, Marylynn has volunteered her time not only as a staff announcer but in underwriting solicitation and fundraising development. She enjoys cooking, the arts, and traveling with husband Dr. Gary Wesson, DDS on their many “adventures.”