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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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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Science and Technology
10:26 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Alternative Fuels Here and Now

Alternative vehicles are becoming increasingly mainstream now that infrastructure improvements and lowered costs have made the benefits of improved fuel economy, increased energy security, and decreased environmental and health risks harder to dismiss.  In 2013 the Vehicle Technologies Market report found more than 500,000 hybrid vehicles were sold, and the sale of electric vehicles increased to more than 100,000 units sold. There are currently at least 24 different types of electric vehicles on sale or in production.

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Water Resources
1:22 am
Thu May 22, 2014

The Role of Watershed Restoration in Water Management

Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes. In the US, there are more than 2,267 watersheds. We all live in a watershed. Experts believe using a watershed approach will protect our water’s resources, and safeguard our communities from flood and drought. The ACTION report found in 2012 eight out of the 19 communities in San Luis Obispo County reported their water demand exceeded their supply, or their water delivery system had reached its capacity. How can these communities benefit by watershed restoration?

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Current Issues in Homelessness
7:19 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Efforts in SLO to Build a Homeless Service Center

At last count, 2,186 homeless individuals were living in the County of San Luis Obispo. Although this number is only slightly up from 2011, more than 86% of SLO residents reported being either “very” or “somewhat” concerned about homelessness in their community in a 2013 survey by ACTION for Healthy Communities.

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Real Estate Fraud
12:38 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Exposing Real Estate Scam and Fraud

Last year San Luis Obispo County placed number one in the state of California for real estate fraud and number four nationally. This unusually high rate of real estate scamming points to a serious need for education to protect individuals from falling victim to these crimes. Learning how to prevent, avoid, and report potential real estate fraud activity may help to ensure that you do not become the next victim.

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Maker Movements
2:15 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Welcome to the Maker Movement

Who is a Maker? What is a Hacker? Why are collaborative workspaces popping up around the globe? Learn why Maker Spaces are the growing platform that will provide the basic hands-on technical training needed to produce goods in our current economy.  Host Fred Munroe is joined by guests Clint Slaughter, M.D., and CEO of SLO MakerSpace, along with Michael Bales and Steve Phillips, co-founders of Santa Barbara’s Hackerspace to explore the importance of these spaces as a place for creation, collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Community
6:29 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Creating Independence for Individuals with Disabilities

For individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, finding effective services to provide support, information and guidance is often an important step towards maximizing their potential and becoming independent members of their community.  Host Fred Munroe will be joined by guests Joe Hoeflich and Eulalia Apolinar, program specialists with the Tri-Counties Regional Center to discuss the resources this program offers to our communities. 

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Community
3:50 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

No Place For Hate

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and its efforts are the focus of Central Coast Voices this week.  From working with parents and educators, addressing bullying in our schools; to hosting community forums on ethnic diversity in response to public acts of hate, the ADL keeps to its mission: “To secure justice and fair treatment for all people.”

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