Fred Munroe

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 entrepreneur, political leader, and communicator.  He owns and manages two local firms addressing personal travel planning and public transportation; Travel With Fred and Ridership Development Consultants.

Fred is a former City Council Member and Mayor of Grover Beach.  He has served on the San Luis Obispo County Council of Governments and the Coastal Rail Coordinating Council.  Fred currently serves on the Citizen’s Transportation Advisory Committee for SLOCOG and is a member of ACTION for Healthy Communities.

He also co-hosted a program on KJDJ with insights on travel and leisure pursuits.  His travel column “Let’s Get Outta Here!” appeared in newspapers and on the Internet for many years.

Fred has been writing and offering commentary since he first volunteered at KPFK in Los Angeles in 1972.  His involvement with KCBX began as a volunteer for the Live Oak Music Festival almost 20 years ago.

Fred and his wife Sharon, also produce and host an Americana music, house concert series known as Musica Del Rio; www.MusicaDelRio.org, in Atascadero.  This series is now in its eighth season, having presented artists as diverse as Chad & Jeremy, Joe Craven, Blame Sally, Steve Gillette, Gilles Apap, The Waymores, and The Cache Valley Drifters.

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Stewardship Travel
1:55 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Travel for the 21st Century

Broadcast date: 12/11/2014

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Preventing Violence
11:04 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Youth in Action

Broadcast date: 12/4/2014

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Current Issues in Schools
1:55 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

The Changing Face of Public Education

Broadcast date: 11/20/2014

The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education provides academic and financial support for more than 35,000 students, over 10 districts, in 75 public schools. The Office is administered by the County Superintendent of Schools, a locally elected position, currently held by Dr. Julian Crocker. This January, after serving three consecutive four-year terms as County Superintendent, Dr. Julian Crocker will be relinquishing his position and Dr. Jim Brescia, will succeed him.

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Advocating for Change
2:59 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Is Our Family Court System Flawed?

Broadcast date: 11/13/2014

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Providing Hope
1:58 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Focusing on Foster Care

Broadcast date: 11/6/2014

There are more than 900 children and youth in foster care throughout San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties at any given time. Reasons for foster care placement range from general neglect, an absent or incapacitated caretaker, relinquishment, exploitation, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, and severe neglect. For these children and youth, foster care provides an opportunity for family-based treatment programs and an alternative to group homes or institutional care. For children and youth devastated by trauma, these services can foster hope.

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Creating Real, Lasting Change
12:46 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

United Way’s ‘CPR’

Broadcast date: 10/23/2014

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Crime
6:00 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Gang Prevention: Roads to Re-entry

Broadcast date: 10/9/2014

Is gang violence a problem on the Central Coast? When residents where asked what their main public safety issues were in the recent ACTION survey, 63% reported gang violence as a top concern.  The rate of concern varied drastically based on where people lived, with San Luis Obispo and North Coast residents responding as low as 46%, and North and South County residents as high as 73%. Are these levels of concern valid?

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Teen Drug Addiction
6:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Lighthouse: Raising Awareness, Saving Lives

Broadcast date: 9/25/2014 

The battle with illicit drug abuse among teens, as well as the non-medical use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines, continues across our country. Unwilling to standby as the children in their community were losing this war, one Central Coast community has come together to join in the fight.

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What are the health impacts of climate change?
6:00 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Climate Change and Health

Broadcast date: 9/11/2014

Climate change is threatening the health and well-being of our communities. Locally, increased temperatures are impacting our environment and the Central Coast is experiencing severe drought and reduced air quality. These changes to our environment have the potential to greatly impact our health.

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Arts
6:00 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Arts Education Advocacy

Broadcast date: 8/28/2014

Arts education has been disappearing from California’s schools for the past thirty years. Currently, only 11% of public schools meet the state goal for arts instruction. The group Arts Education Advocates believes education will prepare our students for the expectations of the twenty-first century workforce, which requires innovation, communication and collaboration.

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Sustainable Design and Green Building
5:42 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Better Design for a Better Environment

Broadcast date: 8/14/2014

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Improving the Quality of Life on the Central Coast
11:52 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Cost of Living in SLO County

Broadcast date: 7/31/2014

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Public Libraries
4:43 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

A New Chapter for Local Libraries

Although many may think traditional libraries have outlived their purpose; these evolving institutions are seeing a resurgence as cornerstones of education, innovation, somewhere to access new technology, and a place to create community. Nowhere may this be truer than on the Central Coast where libraries are thriving. According to the California State Library, between 2010 and 2011 in San Luis Obispo County a total of 2,432,510 items were checked out.

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Politics
11:28 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Money and Politics

In a country with more than 300 million people, approximately 1% of “the 1%” contributed over a quarter of all disclosed political campaign contributions in the 2012 election cycle, according to the Sunlight Foundation. How is public policy impacted when such a small percentage of donors dominate our campaign finance system? As concerns about inequalities in political influence and government corruption grow, there are increasing calls to reform our system of campaign finance across the political spectrum.

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Land Conservation
1:22 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Shaping Communities through Land Conservation

On the Central Coast, citizens, agriculturalists, and local policy makers have long recognized the importance of agriculture to their communities, and understand that land use choices and decisions impact not only the owners of the land but also the lives of neighbors and the community at large. A history of interest in managing development and growth and in preserving the physical and social amenities of open spaces and rural areas has long been a high priority to policy makers, public officials, and citizens in San Luis Obispo County.

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