Larry Rutter

Host of Saturday Sunrise Concert and occasional interviewer on Issues & Ideas

Mostly retired after three successive careers: scholar (PhD and taught at University of Pennsylvania) urban lobbyist in Washington, D.C. (International City-County Management Association) and radio station owner-operator (FM station in Jackson, CA, the original "Home Town Radio").   Husband (to Judy) and father of two (Greg: Emmy-winning ad creator in NYC; Sarah: marketing, Paramount Pictures NYC).   Larry rides his bicycle (3,000 miles/yr), hikes, travels and designs and builds (fine?) furniture.

Ways To Connect

KCBX News

Issues and Ideas, May 21, 2014:

Who are you voting for in the race for San Luis Obispo District Attorney? Those running include:

  • Tim Covello (on ballot)
  • Dan Dow (on ballot)
  • Paul Phillips (write in)

If you haven’t made up your mind, listen to all three candidates—two on the ballot and a third official write-in—discuss their platforms. Debate moderated by Larry Rutter. 

Larry Rutter revisits some of the discoveries he's made in the last few months exploring the variety of important activities at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

Larry talks with Sam Blakeslee, Jonathan York, Deborah Larson, Ignatios Vakalis, and Jim Cooper about various activities of the University.

SLO Land Conservancy

Larry Rutter hosts:

Segment #1: Local radio personality Dave Congalton talks about his role in making the movie "Authors Anonymous," for which he penned the script.  The film is now available on video on demand and soon in local theaters.

Segment #2: The Land Conservancy of SLO County's executive director, Kaila Detman, talks about the beauty and recreational potential of the Pismo Preserve, which the Conservancy is raising funds to acquire.

Segment #3: The recent drought emergency declared by SLO County is discussed by the county's administrator, Dan Buckshi.

Heidi Lipps, tells a true story about an exciting and dangerous motorcycle trip she and another woman took in Baja, Mexico, recorded at a recent session of SLOLio, a monthly gathering to hear true stories.

David Manion, talks about a new play he's directing at the Pewter Plough Playhouse, "Miracle on South Division Street."

Dr. Debra S. Larson, dean of the College of Engineering and Dr. Ignatios E. Vakalis, chair of the Computer Science Department, Cal Poly, talk about the school's new Cyber Security Lab and new concentration on educating students about cyber security.

Starting in March, KCBX will be offering local news to its listeners for the first time in its nearly 39 year history.  And this week's host, Larry Rutter, introduces the person who will be leading that effort, Randol White, KCBX's News Director.

How severe are our near and long term water problems, and what are we doing to meet our future needs? Those questions are the focus of a talk with SLO County public works director, Paavo Ogren.

Allen Hancock College

Jan 15, 2014

Larry asks Allen Hancock College President Kevin Walthers how the school is weathering the current era of austerity.

Kathleen Schwinn, a junior at Arroyo Grande High School, discusses the "Central Coast Regional Middle-School Science Bowl."

  • True stories and visions of the future highlight this week's "Issues and Ideas." Host Larry Rutter visits with Kirk Henning, organizer of SLOlio (sloh-LEE-oh), a series of storytelling sessions, and presents some stories on the theme "Call in the Troops."
  • Then Larry looks at the progress in drafting the plans for the city of San Luis Obispo 30 years hence with city long-range planner Kim Murray.

Larry Rutter will talk with Sam Blakeslee, the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy. The interdisciplinary institute, which already has three projects up and running, aims to develop practical solutions to societal issues by informing statewide public policy through advanced technology.

Larry Rutter will talk with Sam Blakeslee, the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy. The interdisciplinary institute, which already has three projects up and running, aims to develop practical solutions to societal issues by informing statewide public policy through advanced technology.

  • A reprise of some of the more interesting people interviewed by Larry Rutter so far this year: two impresarios, one of entertainment, the other of food; the National Teacher of the Year;
  • and a group of lawyers and law students from Southern California literally walking through the Central Coast headed for Sacramento to petition the Governor to grant clemency to 12 people they believe were innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted.
  • Host Larry Rutter talks law, theater, and farm-fresh food on this week’s edition. Guests include the winner of the Distinguished Jurist Award for 2013 from California Women Lawyers, retired SLO Superior Court Judge, the Honorable Teresa Estrada-Mullaney.