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.

Ways to Connect

Broadcast date: 9/22/2016

This week, Central Coast Voices is participating in a national week of conversation along with other NPR Member stations called A Nation Engaged. We’re asking this question: ‘What can we do to create economic opportunity for more Americans?’

Broadcast date: 9/8/16

The vision of the Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center is that everyone, regardless of their financial situation, who is dealing with a health crisis, can receive food support through their programs until they get back on their feet. What can we do to make their vision a reality and together make our community stronger?

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Nancy Walker, Founder, Executive Director & Therapeutic Chef of The Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center, Jennifer Langstaff, Member of the Board of Directors and Principal of Legacy Retirement Advisors, and Sarah Highnote, Staff Member as they discuss their mission to provide Healing Foods to those in critical need along with education resources and nourishing meals for individuals wanting to regain or sustain optimal health in a supportive, healing atmosphere and the importance and necessity of their work for the community.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Pacific Standard

Aug 19, 2016

Broadcast date: 8/25/16

Broadcast date: 8/11/16

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) made its debut in 1993 with 18 trained volunteers to serve as advocates for 18 abused and neglected children throughout the County of San Luis Obispo. Since then more than 2,000 children have had the benefit of a CASA volunteer. In 2012, CASA reached a new milestone of 100 CASA volunteers serving more than 140 children in our community.

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Cathy Orton, Resource Development Director with CASA and Pete Skarda, Advocate Supervisor with CASA as they discuss the important work that CASA does in the community to recruit, train, and supervise volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children within the court system to ensure each and every child grows up in a safe, nurturing, and permanent home.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 7/28/16

In the U.S., the average fruit or vegetable can travel as much as 1,500 miles from where it was grown to your dinner plate. Eating more locally grown foods can have many benefits for not only the consumer, but also small farmers and the community. Locally grown food can help build a thriving local economy, promotes health in the community, and even benefits the soil, which can assist in ensuring a quality food system for generations to come.

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Jeff Wade, with Slow Money SLO, Bob Roos, President with the North County Farmer's Market Association, and Eric Michielssen, President of the Board for the SLO Natural Foods Co-op, as they discuss the economic and agricultural importance of creating food hubs for linking small farmers to consumers, as well as other ways to increase access and promote affordability of local foods in the community. 

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 7/14/16

Research shows that more than 80% of a child’s brain develops in his or her first three years of life. Even before a child can speak, babies learn from hearing words spoken or sung. Experts say that taking advantage of any opportunity to talk, read and sing to a child to teach them about language and its connection to the world around us can be one of the easiest and most important things you can do to help them grow up smarter, happier, and gain a brighter future.

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Misty Livengood, Communications Officer, First 5 San Luis Obispo County, Children & Families Commission, Heidi Harmon, Host of Music Time at Boo Boo Records and Early Childhood Educator, and Margaret Kensinger-Klopfer the Youth Services Coordinator Librarian with the San Luis Obispo County Library System as they discuss the importance of talking, reading, and singing to children and how it can benefit early brain development and future school success.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 6/30/16

The vision of One Cool Earth is to create a peaceful, abundant planet with a healthy environment for all. They do this by supporting outdoor education, neighborhood gardens and community tree plantings. Real planting, they believe, takes place when ideas and youth connect, so they aim to plant the seeds of education, inspiration, and empowerment to help youth take charge of their futures.

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks Greg Ellis-Valencia, Executive Director with One Cool Earth, and Victoria Carranza, Education Director with One Cool Earth as they discuss the value of outdoor education to student health, academics, and well-being.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 6/16/16

Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) is an organization that works to create a safer environment for abused children. As a group of Bikers, they empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live. Working in conjunction with local and state officials, B.A.C.A. assists by lending physical and emotional support to victims, standing ready to shield children from further abuse.

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks Atascadero Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) as they discuss how they work to lend support to abused children and empower them by involving them with an established, united organization.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX and made possible through underwriting by Joan Gellert-Sargen.

Broadcast date: 6/2/16

Integrating behavioral health into our primary care system is no easy task. 

Broadcast date: 5/12/16

Domestic violence, can occur across the lifespan to victims of all ages, including older adults. It can be viewed as a sub-set of the larger elder abuse problem. 

Broadcast date: 5/5/16

In recent years, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, (Cal Poly) has made diversity one of its highest priorities. 

Broadcast date: 4/21/16

Climate change represents a threat to the future of the planet and our children. 

Living with MS

Apr 7, 2016

Broadcast date: 4/7/16

Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a disease of the central nervous system. 

Broadcast date: 3/24/16

Currently, more than 39 million people in the U.S. are over the age of 65 years, and of these more than 1.5 million identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). 

Movies Matter

Mar 10, 2016

Broadcast date: 3/10/16

The San Luis Obispo Film Festival (SLOFF) has grown into an important and significant tourism event for the Central Coast. 

Broadcast date: 2/25/16

Pacific Wildlife Care is the primary resource in San Luis Obispo County for wildlife concerns. 

Broadcast date: 2/11/16

In 2009, the state of California was court ordered to reduce its prison population because the then current level of overcrowding did not allow for adequate mental health and medical care.

Broadcast date: 1/28/16

For almost 20 years, Softec has been the Central Coast’s premier software and technology association. 

Broadcast date: 1/14/16

What is cybersecurity and why do we need it? 

Broadcast date: 12/17/15

In today’s world, miscommunications and misunderstandings are more common than ever due to the prevalence of technology in personal and business dealings. Creative Mediation believes that conflict is healthy and works with individuals to become more comfortable with it. 

A real cost measure

Nov 17, 2015

Broadcast date: 11/19/15

Almost 1 in 3 San Luis Obispo County households are struggling to meet their basic needs, according to a report, was released recently by United Ways of California. 

Broadcast date: 11/5/15

The mission of Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) is to transform motivated students into resourceful, entrepreneurial and innovative leaders. 

Broadcast date: 10/22/15

Although Alzheimer’s disease was first identified more than 100 years ago, and research has revealed a great deal about the devastating disease, much is yet to be discovered about how the disease can be prevented, slowed or stopped. 

Broadcast date: 10/8/15

In 2014 the release of a report claiming that instances of certain types of cancer were on the increase in San Luis Obispo County, spurred Ecologistics, a local non-profit to action. Concerned that certain segments of the population who had no access to health care might not be able to get critical, early detection screening the board of the non-profit began work towards an innovative solution. 

Broadcast date: 9/24/15 

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Joshua Erdman, Softec President and Senior Consultant at TekTegrity, Stewart Morse, Vice President of Softec and Director of Operations for OPEN-LINE, 

Broadcast date: 9/10/2015

The cardiovascular diseases, heart disease and stroke, are the No. 2 and No. 3 causes of death in San Luis Obispo County. Experts with the American Heart Association suggest that as the average life expectancy continues to increase, deaths from heart disease, stroke, and heart failure will increase in the coming years. Do you know the warning signs? 

Broadcast date: 8/20/15

The Central Coast Writer’s Conference has been helping new and established writers fulfill their dreams for 31 years. 


Broadcast date: 8/13/2015

As another election cycle approaches, citizens on the Central Coast have a number of important choices to make that will help determine the fate of our community and the nation as a whole. 

Broadcast date: 7/30/2015

A Promotora is a lay Hispanic/Latino community member who is offered special training so that they can provide basic health education in their community.

Broadcast date: 7/16/2015

Parents are often confronted with significant barriers to obtaining high quality child care. Among these obstacles are often low wages and high costs.  

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