People

  • Co-host of Music of the World's People

    Andy Zink has been a fan of KCBX since the 80's when he was a student at UCSB and would tune in to hear the jazz and blues shows.  Andy says, "I feel incredibly fortunate to be an on-air host, and have the chance to share music with KCBX...

  • Host of KCBX In Concert

    Bettina Swigger has been a public radio superfan since she was a small child. She spent the first 16 years of her life in Albuquerque, New Mexico, listening to KUNM, where she developed a love of reading, writing, music and the arts (and Hatch...

  • Host of Across the Tracks

    Blair Gillespie's love of country music goes back to visiting his grandparents in downtown San Luis Obispo and throwing some Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Oak Ridge Boys on the record player.

    He got his first AM radio after selling...

  • News Reporter, Mid-day Host, Producer

    Bree Zender is a reporter, midday host and producer at KCBX.

    Bree is originally from Northwest Washington. The fantastic hiking is what drew her to Missoula, Montana, where she attended the University of Montana. She studied broadcast...

  • Substitute Host

    Brian Lanzone can be heard guest hosting the occasional KCBX music program and also fills in as a local announcer during Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and other national programs.  

    Brian was born into a musical family and...

  • Host of Issues and Ideas

    Brian was born in Visalia, CA, and spent many years in the Central Valley before leaving for college at UC Berkeley. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from UCB, and two Master’s degrees (UCLA and CSU Chico…Library Science and Public Administration)....

  • Host of Rhythm Retrospective

    Carl Sonny Leyland was born & raised in the South of England. As a child he developed a love for various styles of vintage music that he heard on his father's LP records. At age 15 he discovered blues & boogie woogie  & began to...

  • Weekend Host

    Christopher Shelby joined KCBX in July 2004 soon after discovering that the classical music he’d just found on his radio was coming from a station that was public, local, and 2 miles away. He had to work there.  He’d wanted to be in radio since...

  • Co-host of KCBX In Concert

    Professor Craig Russell feels blessed to work with his many brilliant and wonderful students at Cal Poly—where he has taught since 1982.  Here on the Central Coast, Craig collaborates regularly with the San Luis Obispo Symphony and SLO Youth...

  • Co-host of Ears on Art

    I grew up in Studio City, CA, the youngest of three in a family of doers. The 50s for us was not a time of watching TV, but of playing games and inventing ways to entertain ourselves. Days were filled with problem solving as we built villages...

  • Co-host of Evening Blues

    “How can the angels get to sleep When the Devil leaves his porch light on?” — Unknown

    Dee-troit Deb has pondered that question ever since hearing it on an obscure radio program many years ago. Suspecting that the answer just might lie in...

  • Host of The Reluctant Therapist

    Elizabeth Barrett is a wife, mother, licensed marriage-family therapist, educator, eaves dropper, emotion worker, and mental health consultant. She uses all of these skills to address the subjects that we all struggle with in this conversation...

  • Host of "Playing with Food" on Issues & Ideas

    Fr. Ian Delinger currently serves as Rector at St Stephen's Episcopal Church in San Luis Obispo. He was born on the Central Coast, and was raised in both rural western Nebraska and on the Central Coast. He studied Chemistry at Truman State...

  • Host of Jazz Liner Notes

    Fred Friedman has been a resident of the Central Coast since 1973.  He taught at Cal Poly in the College of Engineering for 25 years, retiring in 2001 as Professor Emeritus.  He now has an ideal retirement job, working part time at Boo Boo...

  • Host of Central Coast Voices

    Along with hosting Central Coast Voices, Fred Munroe can be heard guest-hosting other programs like the “Evening Blues”, “Basically Bluegrass” and “The Broken Spoke Folk Show”

    Fred has successfully divided his time as a local...

  • Manager of KCBXnet/Host of Pacific Standard Time

    Greg is the manager of KCBXnet, our computer training center, and works as support staff for KCBX Public Radio.

    He also teaches computer classes for KCBXnet and always enjoys helping people improve...

  • Host of Club McKenzie and Ideasphere

    Guy began his career in broadcasting as a field reporter for a commercial radio station in 1975, and was appointed to News Director four years later. During that time he volunteered at KCBX, and in 1982 he was hired as a part-time announcer....

  • KCBX Operations Manager

    Hank Hadley has worked as KCBX's Operations Manager since 1988.  For the first 9 years at KCBX, he was the local host of  NPR's Morning Edition, arriving at the station each weekday morning at 5:30.  Each morning when the alarm went off, a...

  • Host of Sunday Serenade

    A loyal, longtime supporter of KCBX, Ilona has been a classical music program producer/host for many years. She was born and raised in South Africa, where she worked extensively as a performer in Radio Theatre. She loves music, travel, learning...

  • Host of The Broken Spoke Folk Show

    Janelle's favorite thing as a kid was listening to late-night Chicago radio on her little transistor. She first got into radio at age 16, when she hosted a program on her high school radio station, WHSD, in Hinsdale, Illinois. WXRT-FM, still an...

  • Reporter/Podcast Host

    As a kid I loved nature. In high school I had a biology field research career all planned out. But in my senior year, just looking for something to do, I joined the high school Radio and TV Club. By my last semester I got on the air doing a...

  • Host of The Universal Language
  • Host of Music of the World's People
  • Host of Ritmo y Sabor
  • Host of The Classical World

    A SLO native, John has traveled as a musician and actor but kept coming back to the Central Coast, so decided to stay here in 1998. When not playing music, listening to music, reading about music or talking about music, he spends time with his...

  • Host of Night Train

    Mr. JT is a twenty-something from San Luis Obispo.  He enjoys many types of music including blues, jazz, soul, funk, R&B, reggae, and Latin music. After discovering the blues the year he graduated high school, he became an avid music...

  • Host of Pacific Standard Time

    Judy “discovered” the Great American Songbook relatively recently when she attended a vocal jazz workshop, and began performing many of those works, herself. She found the lyric writing, as well as the compositions, to be wonderfully clever and...

  • Host

    Kris Kington-Barker has worked in healthcare fields ranging from mental health to hospital administration over the past 30 years and has served as a volunteer and board member for many central coast non-profit organizations.   She owns and...

  • Host of Saturday Sunrise Concert and occasional interviewer on Issues & Ideas

    Mostly retired after three successive careers: scholar (PhD and taught at University of Pennsylvania) urban lobbyist in Washington, D.C. (International City-County Management Association) and radio station owner-operator (FM station in Jackson,...

  • Host of Casa Babylon

    “I like music that makes me think, dance, sing, reminisce, cry, and visit other worlds.” - Leslie Rae

    It’s no surprise that Leslie Rae’s love of music began early—with parents who had Belafonte, Getz & Gilberto, The Seekers, Sinatra,...

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