Marisa Waddell

Director of Programming and New Media, Co-host of The Road Home and Issues & Ideas

Marisa Waddell has had a life-long love affair with public radio. Her mom tells her that she was listening to Chicago's WFMT in the womb.  As a child she listened to KPFK in Los Angeles and then KCBX from about the 6th grade on.  Marisa began as a volunteer classical music host  and weekend announcer on KCBX at age 19, while studying broadcasting at Cuesta Community College.  She worked at commercial station KKUS in San Luis Obispo and then received her bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications and Film from San Diego State University.  While in San Diego Marisa was the weekday afternoon classical music announcer at KPBS FM. On her return to San Luis Obispo in 1990, she became the Classical Music Director at KCBX . She also produced, wrote, edited and hosted a local issues radio magazine, "Audio Excursions," and contributed news stories to the statewide news program, "The California Report."

In 2006 Marisa left KCBX to pursue her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism at California State University Fresno. She then worked in film and television production and international educational media as a producer, writer, director and editor of video documentaries, digital content and educational material.

Now Marisa coordinates the radio programming on KCBX's network of FM broadcast frequencies. In addition, she leads efforts to develop new content on digital media.  Marisa also co-hosts the Thursday night Americana music program The Road Home, and contributes interviews to Wednesday afternoon public affairs program Issues and Ideas.

Marisa has also played a vital role in the success of KCBX's Live Oak Music Festival. She has been a member of the Booking and Programming Committee since 1992, and has chaired the committee since 2003, assembling outstanding lineups of musical acts that have delighted and surprised audiences.

Marisa is an amateur percussionist, enjoys cooking, watching movies and attending live concerts, and lives in Los Osos with her partner Patti and two giant Chihuahuas, Lou and Lily.

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Business
5:33 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Marketplace Morning Report Comes To Morning Edition

Starting on Monday, September 22, American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report will be featured daily as part of Morning Edition, broadening the reach of this robust business segment.

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Arts
3:47 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Central Coast Writers Conference

Broadcast date: 9/10/14

Marisa Waddell talks with author, business coach and inspirational speaker Don Maruska, who will give a presentation at the upcoming Central Coast Writers Conference.  Don reveals three keys to help us take charge of our talent, and thrive in our businesses, organizations and lives.

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Central Coast
3:32 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Via Dei Colori: Sidewalk Chalk festival

Broadcast date: 8/27/14

We’ll learn about San Luis Obispo’s annual sidewalk chalk art festival held in Mission Plaza. Long known as the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival… this year it has a new name Via Dei Colori. We’ll hear a bit about its history and also how local architects and children benefit from the event.

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KCBX Signal Improvement
4:20 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Lompoc area listeners have better KCBX coverage

View from KCBX Transmitter
Credit Hank Hadley

For listeners in the Lompoc area, our translator at 95.1 was silent, from approximately 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 15th until about noon Saturday, August 16th.  

We moved the translator to a new location that will provide better coverage to Lompoc/Vandenburg, and surrounding areas.

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Nonprofit
3:36 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Family Care Network

Broadcast date: 8/6/14

Over a quarter century ago, the non-profit Family Care Network started as a program to offer foster care services in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.  Since then the organization has expanded to provide family support, transitional and independent living services, early intervention to keep children and youth out of the foster system, educational and mental health support, and much more.  Marisa Waddell talks with the Family Care Network's CEO about how the non-profit is making a difference in our local communities.

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Environment
3:45 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club

Broadcast date: 7/30/2014

The Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club has had an important presence on the Central Coast since 1962. The group has been influential  preserving local lands, including Montana de Oro State Park and the Santa Lucia Wilderness Area.  Marisa Waddell talks with the chapter’s director and a member of its executive committee about current efforts, like the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act now before Congress, and a campaign for a national marine sanctuary that would extend from Cambria to Santa Barbara.

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Music
2:34 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Festival Mozaic Preview

Scott Yoo
Credit Festival Mozaic Facebook Page

One of the Central Coast’s biggest music events starts Thursday.  The Festival Mozaic presents ten days of

world-class performers playing everything from orchestral works by Beethoven to gypsy music and interpretations of the Grateful Dead.  Marisa Waddell talks with the festival’s music director, executive director, and principal flutist.

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Wine Country
1:39 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

The Central Coast Wine Classic

The Central Coast Wine Classic celebrates its 30th anniversary this week with dinners, symposiums, tastings and auctions all benefitting local non-profits.  Marisa Waddell talks with the Wine Classic’s founder and chairman, Archie McLaren about the festivities and the mission of the venerable wine event.

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Mental Health
4:22 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Community Counseling Center of SLO County

 The Community Counseling Center of San Luis Obispo County is a non-profit organization that provides short-term, low-cost, professional counseling for people who would not otherwise be able to afford therapy.  The counselors are state licensed, insured professionals who volunteer their time and services.  Marisa Waddell talks with the center's executive director about what's available to Central Coast Residents.  

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Cuesta College
4:04 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Cuesta College Future Plans

Cuesta Community College has served San Luis Obispo County for over 50 years.  Marisa Waddell talks with Vice President Toni Sommer about the college’s plan for fulfilling community needs going forward, recent gifts, growth, and promise to offer a free first fall semester for every high school graduate in the county.

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Community
3:48 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Cuesta College Community Programs

Whether you're looking for an art class, a music program, swimming and recreation, or a summer program for your kids, Cuesta College Community Programs has much to offer.  Marisa Waddell talks with two of Cuesta's program directors about what's available on campus this summer.

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Arts
2:52 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Arts Academy Planned for Central Coast

The land is purchased, and the designs are drawn for a Youth Arts Academy on the Central Coast.  Marisa Waddell talks with the academy's CEO, Nikolai Alexandrov about his vision and the timeline for the school's opening.

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Music
11:33 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Michael Nowak Celebrates 30th Year with San Luis Obispo Symphony

Marisa Waddell and Mike Nowak chat about the conductor's 30th year with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, the finale concert of the season, and the symphony's education and youth programs.

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Community
4:05 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Path Point Celebrates 50 Years of Helping Disabled and Disadvantaged Individuals

Marisa Waddell talks with Aline Graham, Director of Path Point for San Luis Obispo County.  The non-profit organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary.  Path Point provides training and support to empower people with disabilities and disadvantages.  Learn how the organization is making a difference on the Central Coast.

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KCBX Live Performance
11:22 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Tony Furtado Live in Studio

Tony Furtado playing live in the KCBX studios
Credit Brian Lanzone

Slide guitarist, virtuoso banjo player, and singer-songwriter Tony Furtado makes a visit to the KCBX studios.  He plays a few songs, and chats with Marisa Waddell about his instruments, the evolution of his musical style, and his other artistic life -- working with clay.  Special thanks to audio engineer Brian Lanzone.

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