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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Community
2:21 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

People of Faith for Justice

Broadcast date: 3/26/2015

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Health
5:19 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Decreasing Smoking, Saving Lives, Saving Money

Broadcast date: 3/12/2015

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Not only does it take a toll on health, but the monetary cost of smoking is heavy in California as well. 

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Community
10:42 am
Thu February 26, 2015

What is Drug Court?

Broadcast date: 2/26/2015

The San Luis Obispo County Drug Court Program is a court supervised, comprehensive and intensive 

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Agriculture
1:30 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Let’s Dig into the Viticulture of Wine

Broadcast date: 2/12/2015 

In 2013 in California, grapes accounted for more than 878,000 acres of the state’s agricultural crops.

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Community
12:28 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Exploring Racial and Ethnic Bias

Broadcast date: 1/29/2015

The deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have reignited a debate about race in our country. Although many consider these incidents isolated, and racism overcome, five decades after Martin Luther King gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech;

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Promoting Education
2:07 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Hands in Nepal

Broadcast date: 1/15/2015

Seven years ago, Danny Chaffin, then only 19 years old, was volunteering in an orphanage in Kathmandu. It was here he learned about the dire social situation in Nepal. Danny found many children living in the city’s orphanages had been sent to Kathmandu by well-meaning parents, from remote rural villages, without schools, to receive an education. 

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Politics
11:18 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Happy New Year, or Not?

Broadcast date: 1/1/2015

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Stewardship Travel
1:55 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Travel for the 21st Century

Broadcast date: 12/11/2014

Travel is a major economic driver on the Central Coast, and it’s not surprising that with a steady growth in the industry ACTION shows a consistent increase in travel spending over the past seven years. Now an important and beneficial new form of tourism for our County and the Country has arrived--Stewardship Travel. 

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Preventing Violence
11:04 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Youth in Action

Broadcast date: 12/4/2014

Although over the past few years’ important mental health and counseling services for at-risk youth in our schools have been severely cut, Youth in Action, sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Probation Department, has continued to play a critical role using early prevention work as a solution to gang violence in the schools and within our communities. 

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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

Some would say that our family court system is broken. There is a belief that courts are too focused on a 50/50 custody split and are no longer focusing on what is best for the children. With high conflict divorces on the rise, many would agree there is a lack of understanding within the judicial community of the often serious circumstances leading to these struggles and children are suffering due to the lack of education. 

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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. 

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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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