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: 9/14/2017

Many experts believe the increased legalization of marijuana in the U.S. has contributed to the growing belief that marijuana is harmless among youth. With this misperception, youth are using the drug at  increased rates. For example, the 2016 VITAL SIGNS reports shows a major increase in marijuana consumption among San Luis Obispo County teens. It reported forty-one percent of eleventh graders used marijuana in the past 30 days, compared to just 26% in 2013. A 15% increase. Why is this such a concern? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that unlike adults, the teen brain is actively developing and often will not be fully developed until the mid 20s. Marijuana use during this period may harm the developing teen brain. Research shows that marijuana use can have permanent effects on brain function of the developing brain when use begins in adolescence, especially with regular or heavy use.

Broadcast date: 8/31/17

While Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical depression, the catastrophic aftermath continues along the Gulf Coast, as heavy rain continues to move through the region, and warnings of potential flooding remain. Thousands of people have been forced to abandon their homes, leaving everything they own behind. It is anticipated that many more families will be impacted as rain continues to fall and flooding persists. As always, The American Red Cross has been there to help, and continues massive relief efforts, working day and night to get help to where it is needed most. 

Broadcast date: 8/17/2017

"Inspirational, fun, team building, challenging, rewarding, instructional, teaching tolerance, love of fine music," is how it has been described. The Central Coast Children's Choir provides over 100 children in San Luis Obispo County with the extraordinary opportunity of experiencing the joy of singing in live choral performances while receiving a high-quality music education.

Closer to Home

Aug 2, 2017

Broadcast date: 8/3/17

In 2016 San Luis Obispo County completed a $20 million expansion of its Juvenile Hall, increasing it from 18,000 to 42,000 square feet and from 45 to 65 beds. The project was many years in the making. The expansion project allowed the facility to expand the amount and quality of its services, such as implementing the new custody commitment camp program named, The Coastal Valley Academy (CVA), which is for 14-17 year old male and female youth who are moderate to high risk and in need of residential treatment. 

Broadcast date: 7/20/17

It is shaping up to be a long and dangerous fire season ahead, with more heat and overgrown brush on the horizon. Already Cal Fire is reporting that for the period between January 1 of 2017 and July 9 of 2017, it has seen 2,905 fires, burning more than 68,129 acres, that’s 657 more incidents, and 37,555 acres more than the previous year. What can individuals and communities do to prepare and adapt to this increased risk of wildfire?

Broadcast date: 7/6/17

The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Cal Poly transforms motivated students into resourceful, entrepreneurial and innovative leaders. Programs like the SLO HotHouse Summer Accelerator program stimulate the entrepreneurial “learn by doing” spirit at Cal Poly, and assists entrepreneurs in following their dreams. In this entrepreneurial environment, students learn to generate innovative solutions to real-world problems, research promising technologies, and develop viable business plans with the support of experienced entrepreneurs and faculty mentors. 

Broadcast date: 6/22/2017

In the past 30 years the State of California has added 21 new state prisons, and with this the prison population has expanded from 23,000 to 170,000.  And while it is reported that taxpayers pay $11 billion per year to operate the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, comparatively little of California’s prison budget goes toward rehabilitation.

Broadcast date: 6/8/2017

In San Luis Obispo County more than 46,000 residents are food insecure, meaning they are unable to consistently access or afford adequate food. That means that 1 in 6 people face hunger. Of these at least 40% are children, and 20% are seniors.

Broadcast date: 5/25/17

The Honor Flight Network, is an organization created solely to honor America's veterans for their service, by transporting our heroes to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials and recognize the ultimate sacrifices of their friends who never made it home. They transported 20,558 veterans in 2016 alone to Washington, D.C. to see their memorial. More than 27,272 more are still on a waiting list.

Broadcast date: 5/11/17

The Central Coast is often considered a road bicycling and mountain bicycler’s paradise. And yet, in the 2016 ACTION Vital Signs Report, even more bike paths and mountain biking trails together earned the third most wanted public recreation opportunities that people would like to see more of in San Luis Obispo County. Whether biking for enjoyment or to work, many are increasingly seeing the benefits of this activity for health, happiness, and the environment.

Broadcast date: 4/27/17

While we spend a lot of time discussing the issue of violence, we rarely devote as much time to talking about the subject of peace. What is Peace Literacy? It is thought to be the next step in the development of our global civilization.  Teachers of peace literacy, like those on this program, believe that it is necessary in an interconnected world where the fate of every nation is tied to the fate of our planet.  They also claim that during an era when humanity has the technological capacity to destroy itself, peace literacy can be “survival literacy.” They believe a peace literate world is a secure, just, and prosperous world, and they work to bring peace literacy education to schools and communities around the world.

Broadcast date: 4/20/17

The new administration’s funding proposal has called for drastically cutting the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget by 31 percent in order to increase funding for defense programs and immigration enforcement. Yet, these cuts to the EPA have the potential to put many of us at greater risk.

Broadcast date: 3/30/17

Thriving communities preserve and celebrate their shared histories. So, the History Center of San Luis Obispo County has launched a new campaign to remind us all of the importance of this, and invite important conversations about where we came from, who we are, and what we hope to become together.

Broadcast date: 3/16/17

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) individuals face discrimination in almost all aspects of their lives. They are often denied access to employment, education, housing, health care, and yes, even bathrooms. They are targeted for attacks solely because of their gender expression or perceived sexual orientation. Many face violence.

Creativity at the core

Feb 28, 2017

Broadcast date: 3/2/17

Creativity at the Core is a statewide program to support arts learning in California’s public schools, grades Pre-K through Twelve. Led by the California County Superintendents Arts Initiative, there are many state partners including the California PTA. Here on the Central Coast the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education and ARTS Obispo are partners, working with local interest groups and school districts, to further Creativity at the Core regionally.

Broadcast date: 2/16/2017

How can California fight climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and still meet its energy needs?

Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with guests about how to plan for a low emissions future for California. He will be joined by Dr. Ray Weymann, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, who since retiring from his career in astrophysics has used his experience to give numerous lectures in climate science and is one of the founders of the Climate Science Rapid Response Team,  George Williams, past chairman of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, and James Kelly, Chief Executive Officer for ARES North America as they discuss how California’s energy supply, infrastructure and energy usage will evolve, and what it might look like by 2050.

Broadcast date: 2/2/17

Founded on February 12, 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, campaigning for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization.

Broadcast date: 1/19/17

An institution in San Luis Obispo County, the Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville has been presenting live professional theatre on the Central Coast, five nights a week, year-round, for more than 40 years. Performed in a classic melodramatic style, with patrons encouraged to cheer the hero and boo the villain, an evening at the Melodrama promises affordable fun and laughs for all ages.

Broadcast date: 1/5/17

When a person is diagnosed with a serious mental illness, the whole family is affected. How does a family cope and best offer support? NAMI’s Family to Family program is designed to help families better understand how their ill relative experiences their illness, how to best support their relative’s recovery process and how to better cope with the impact of the mental health disorder on the entire family. The program has graduated some 750 participants in Santa Barbara and is often referred to as “life-changing.”

Broadcast date: 12/22/16

While many on the Central Coast will be enjoying the warmth of the holidays over the next few weeks with family and friends, those that are homeless may be caught out in the cold. Although a 2015 Homeless Point-in-Time Census Report showed the number of homeless people in San Luis Obispo County has plunged since 2013 by 31 percent, homelessness is still a very real concern for many areas of SLO County, especially in the northern parts of the county where the problem has increased and services are lacking.

What is a SLOlio?

Dec 5, 2016

Broadcast date: 12/8/16

The definition of an “olio” is a “mixture or medley; a hodgepodge; a collection of various artistic or literary works or musical pieces; a miscellany.” SLOlio is a gathering, a collection, an “olio” of true stories and story-loving people. Creators of the monthly storytelling event in San Luis Obispo want others to think of it as a kind of a “story slam.” However way you describe it, for attendees of SLOlio, it is an opportunity to come together to celebrate good stories, told by both seasoned storytellers and those less experienced, to share their stories.

Broadcast date: 10/27/16

Few would deny the critical role that arts play in developing a vibrant and strong community. They have a crucial impact on our economy, and are vital to stimulating our creativity. In 2013, we found that almost half (43%) of ACTION survey respondents reported that they attended a music, dance or theater performance in the last month and that half of survey respondents were concerned about access to cultural opportunities in their community. These data illustrate the importance of the arts in our community.

Broadcast date: 10/13/2016

This week Central Coast Voices will wrap up our joint project with NPR called A Nation Engaged. The final question we will be asking is: ‘What does it mean to be an American?’ Host Fred Munroe is joined by community members, Dr. Steve Lloyd-Moffett, Professor of Religious Studies at Cal Poly, Paul Georghiou, resident of San Luis Obispo County for 35 years and retired Emergency Physician, and Sam Holzer, a fourth year History major at Cal Poly, with minors in Art History and Women's & Gender Studies. They will be touching on issues of religion, ethnicity, gender and other identities that distinguish Americans as a political community.

Broadcast date: 10/6/2016

In 2015 overall crop values totaled $828,800,000 in San Luis Obispo County alone. And while recent reports show that the number of farmers in the county has grown over the years, this does not mean that farming is a prosperous enterprise for all who enter it on the Central Coast, especially small farmers which make up the majority of farms in our area. While interest in local foods and improved nutrition continues to thrive, there is still much room for improvement to sustain our local food system for our community.  Increasing profitability for small farmers is key to the health of this system.

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.

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