“If you know anything about gospel and radio here in Cincinnati, then there’s no way you haven’t heard the legendary name Bishop Abraham Isaac Jacob Swanson XII spoken or repeated on-air over the years. Today, that name is synonymous with gospel music, intense spirit-filled worship and some of the most influential Biblical teachings of our time as we celebrate the life, legacy and loving ministry of one of Cincinnati’s own pioneering pastor of Bibleway Church of God in Christ (COGIC).” quoted from the Buzz Cincy Radio
Bishop Swanson was well-known as “the little preacher with the big smile” for having impacted many lives and setting trends that will last years beyond the legacy he established. His last breath of hope took place here in Cincinnati at the Hospice of Cincinnati in Blue Ash with his youngest daughter Raphaela “Rae” Swanson by his side. Bishop Swanson changed many lives with his timely and encouraging words of wisdom.
“I don’t care who you are, whether you live in an exclusive neighborhood, in a nice house or in the ghetto. I don’t care if you live in a garbage can. Wherever you live and whomever you are, I love you. You can say, ‘Little Abraham loves me and he thinks I’m somebody.’ You are somebody because God don’t make no junk. Stand your ground, keep the faith and hold on until reinforcement comes. I’m signing off, but I’ll see you in the morning.”
For more than 40 years in the field of radio broadcasting, at 6:00AM every morning Bishop Swanson signed off the air in that same way on WCIN 1480AM.