Randol White

News Director

Randol White is an accomplished and well-rounded broadcast journalist with nearly two decades of radio, television, web and print experience. As the first-ever news director at KCBX public radio, he built a newsroom from the ground up, based on NPR-style reporting guidelines and blended with a strong focus on the issues and topics important to our local Central Coast audience. 

I love hearing from listeners, especially regarding the current affairs and news topics they find most significant.  I’m thrilled to have landed at KCBX, where the newsroom will actively seek audience feedback for future story coverage. — Randol White, News Director

During his years as a television news anchor for Santa Maria’s KCOY CBS 12, Randol greatly expanded his knowledge of Central Coast people, places, and politics while reporting on a wide range of stories. In addition, he spent nearly five years hosting news/talk programs on San Luis Obispo’s Krush 92.5 FM and KSCO AM 1080 in Santa Cruz, discussing the area’s agriculture, wine, and tourism scenes.

Randol’s Central Coast roots extend back to the late 1980s when he was a food science and nutrition major at Cal Poly. He later studied broadcast journalism at Humboldt State in Arcata, where he received the school’s “Outstanding Broadcast Journalism Student Award” his senior year.

During the 90s and 2000s, Randol anchored and reported at stations in California, Wisconsin, and Oregon. Working through seven sub-zero winters at NBC 15 in Madison helped him gain appreciation for the mild climate he left behind on the West Coast.

Randol’s broadcast career began on California’s North Coast, working the audio board and providing news updates at Eureka’s KINS 980 AM and Power 96.3 FM. He soon took a job producing television newscasts and hosting public affairs shows at nearby KTVL CBS 10. He landed his first full-time television anchoring job at Medford, Oregon’s KTVL CBS 10 in 1996. 

The San Francisco Bay Area is Randol's childhood home. He has also reported and anchored at several stations in the area, including KGO AM 810, KTVU Fox 2, and NBC Bay Area.

When Randol isn’t working on his next radio news piece, he’s likely riding his bicycle on Central Coast roadways and paths. A proud bike commuter throughout his life, Randol also has a passion for public transit and sits on the City of San Luis Obispo’s Mass Transportation Committee. 

Randol lives with his husband Ricardo and their two dogs Papas and Florecita in San Luis Obispo. You can often see them shopping for veggies at the city’s Saturday morning farmers’ market.

Give Randol a call at: (805) 549-8855 ext. 115

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Traffic
6:27 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Busy holiday airport traffic made worse by regional pilot shortage

Travelers walk onto the tarmac to board a regional flight at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.
Credit Randol White - KCBX News

The weekend before Christmas is among the busiest airport travel days of the year with crowded flights at all Central Coast airports, including Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, and Santa Barbara.

Friday evening, the FAA showed delays into San Francisco of more than two hours because of low clouds. Flights heading connecting through SFO from the regional airports were affected.

In addition to the weather delays, there is also a pilot shortage issue affecting Central Coast airports.

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Crime
6:09 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Car stolen nearly three decades ago soon to be back with rightful owner

Stolen 1967 Ford Mustang will soon be returned to its rightful owner, a San Benito County woman.
Credit CHP Salinas

A Central Coast woman will get an early Christmas on Monday when she picks up a classic car that was stolen from her 28 years ago.

The California Highway Patrol office in Salinas matched the vehicle to the San Benito County woman's original police report (she lived in Monterey County in 1986), after doing a vehicle identification number search on a 1967 Ford Mustang that was being registered.

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Central Coast Business Wrap-up
12:40 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

San Luis Obispo based incubator churns out success stories

Business incubators are a growing trend on the Central Coast, and one of the more successful examples is San Luis Obispo’s Hot House. KCBX News Director Randol White speaks with the woman who helps make it all work.

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Sports
6:41 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Santa Maria High School student on track to represent the US at 2016 Olympics

17-year-old Carlos Balderas (left) says he trains daily for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio
Credit SMJUHSD

A teenager from Santa Maria High School has earned a chance to compete to represent the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Carlos Balderas is 17-years-old, 5 foot 8, and has a record of 127 wins and about nine losses, according to the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District. He recently won a key fight at the World Championships Team Trial in Tennessee by defeating a National Golden Gloves Champion in the lightweight final round bout.

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Water Issues and Drought
6:29 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

'Exceptional' drought levels shrink in California

The most recent Drought Monitor map of California shows significant improvement for many areas of the state.
Credit The National Drought Mitigation Center

Less than half the state of California is now considered to be in exceptional drought status—or D-4—the highest intensity level as measured by the Drought Monitor.

This is the first time since July that has occurred. Four to 12 inches of rainfall in recent days is responsible for the change.

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Politics
5:54 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Airport Land Use Commission meets for first time post SLO City Council override

San Luis Obispo County's Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) met Wednesday for the first time since the San Luis Obispo City Council voted against the commission's restrictions for development.

Last week the council moved forward with its General Plan update, the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE), and in doing so overrode the commission.

ALUC Members heard a presentation by the city at Wednesday's meeting regarding the LUCE.

Politics
5:50 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Central Coast Senators fill leadership positions in Sacramento

Central Coast Senator Bill Monning is now the California Senate's Majority Leader after an announcement Wednesday by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León.

Monning's district includes all of San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz Counties and a portion of Monterey and Santa Clara Counties. The Majority Leader serves as the main floor manager for de León.

Monning says he looks forward to serving in this leadership position.

Community
5:47 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Homeless housing facility opens in Isla Vista

Santa Barbara County says nearly three dozen homeless individuals will soon have a roof over their heads as a new housing facility has opened its doors in Isla Vista.

It's called the Pescadero Lofts and the first people began moving into their apartments Wednesday. The county's Housing Authority hopes to have everyone moved in by Christmas.

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Water Issues and Drought
6:36 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Fire Season ends on Central Coast for the first time since spring 2013

The Los Padres National Forest
Credit Flickr member Damian Gadal

All of the wet weather the Central Coast is receiving this December has put an official end to fire season in the Los Padres National Forest, something that failed to happen last year.

Cal Fire says the high fire season is over for the first time since spring of 2013.

Unit Forester Alan Peters says the declaration gives fire crews time to engage in some training and other activities they can't do during peak season. While Central Coast hills have received enough moisture and greening to drop the fire level, Peters says the declaration could be short-lived.

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Science & Technology
6:17 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Earthquake warning system partially funded in new federal budget

A seismogram display from Black Mountain in San Luis Obispo County showing a micro earthquake that occurred at near Parkfield on December 14, 2014.
Credit USGS

An omnibus federal funding bill that is headed to President Obama's desk after passing in both the US Senate and House of Representatives includes $5 million to develop a West Coast earthquake early warning system.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says the funding is just a down payment and she wants to see the program fast-tracked before the next major quake strikes.

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Weather
6:01 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Clean-up underway following giant West Coast storm

Rock slide on Highway 1 near Ragged Point in San Luis Obispo County
Credit Cal Trans

Clean-up and utility crews were hard at work throughout the Central Coast Friday, in the wake of Thursday night's big storm. Strong winds and heavy rain caused massive power outages, flooding, and property destruction throughout the KCBX listening area.

As of Friday evening, PG&E reported roughly 6,500 customers still without power, down from a peak of 12,000 Thursday night.

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Business
6:51 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

National survey: Employees rank Central Coast company among the best Top Ten tech firms

A Central Coast company is considered one of the Top Ten tech firms to work for in the United States. San Luis Obispo-based MindBody made the ranking on a survey by the employment website GlassDoor.

Company Co-Founder and Cal Poly alum Rick Stollmeyer says they're thrilled about the survey's results.

He says MindBody represents a growing trend of new firms choosing San Luis Obispo as their base.

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Politics
6:39 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

SLO City Council moves forward with update to general plan

The City of San Luis Obispo is moving forward with it's controversial update to the General Plan. At Tuesday night's City Council meeting, members voted 4-to-1 to override the Airport Land Use Commission's guidelines for development.

Newly-elected council member Dan Rivoire was the swing vote, as a similar proposal failed back in October with now-retired member Kathy Smith voting against it. Rivoire replaced Smith.

At last week's meeting, he asked the council to postpone the vote for a week so he could more closely study the issue.

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Weather
6:23 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

December storm expected to slam Central Coast with huge waves

Large waves roll into Pismo Beach Wednesday evening. Forecast calls for wave heights to peak Thursday night into Friday.
Credit Amy Joseph - centralcoastpictures.com

In addition to the strong winds and significant rain expected Thursday and Friday, the Central Coast is likely to get hit was some very heavy surf.

The National Weather Service says western-facing beaches are most at risk from a major swell arriving late Thursday night and continuing through Saturday. Forecasters expect serious beach erosion because of the duration of the event.

Waves as high as 25 feet could be possible in some areas, and it's predicted that jetties and sea walls could be breached during periods of high tide.

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Lifestyle
3:00 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Sphinx restoration nearly complete for Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes excavation project

Restoration artists work on a recently-excavated portion of a sphinx statue dating back to a 1920s Hollywood film set.
Credit Randol White/KCBX

A major restoration project is underway behind a nondescript garage door at a home on the Nipomo Mesa. The large space was donated to the nearby Dunes Center as a location to work on a big chunk of a sphinx statue, buried along with other Hollywood set pieces under the sands of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes for the better part of a century.

Restoration artist Amy Higgins travels up the coast from her home in Los Angeles to do this highly detailed work.

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