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


5:30 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

No new oil and gas leases for sale along California coast under new federal proposal

Platform Gail in the Santa Barbara Channel
Credit Flickr member Ken Lund

There will be no new oil or gas leases offered along the Central Coast in the immediate future according to a draft proposal by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) said she applauds the decision to protect the area from new drilling.

Capps led a California Congressional Delegation last summer urging the department to exclude in it's proposal any offshore oil and gas lease sales off the West Coast.

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10:41 am
Tue January 27, 2015

GoDaddy CEO tweets Super Bowl puppy ad will be pulled from Sunday's broadcast

Buster the puppy featured in the Super Bowl ad pulled by GoDaddy.com
Credit GoDaddy 2015 Super Bowl ad still from "Journey Home"

Internet website giant GoDaddy.com is pulling the puppy ad it released Tuesday on YouTube, after a strong backlash of comments from people who support pet adoption and rescue.

"Thank you @animalrescuers for the candid feedback," tweeted company CEO and San Luis Obispo resident Blake Irving early Tuesday afternoon. "What should have been a fun and funny ad clearly missed the mark and we will not air it."

The YouTube posting of the clip was shifted to "private" Tuesday afternoon as well.

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5:40 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Teachers upset over stalled salary talks with Lucia Mar School District

Students run toward the classrooms at Oceano Elementary School, one of the campuses within the Lucia Mar School District
Credit LMUSD Facebook Page

Teachers in San Luis Obispo County's Lucia Mar School District are preparing to show their frustration Tuesday night over a contract salary issue.

Their union, the California Teachers Association, is hoping to get roughly half of the district's 500 instructors to show up at the scheduled district board meeting in Arroyo Grande.

While the salary issue could boil over into a teachers' strike, Donna Kandel, President of the Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association says she's hoping it doesn't come to that.

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5:19 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Troubled King City Police Department gets new interim chief

Credit City of King - KingCity.com

The beleaguered King City Police Department is hoping for some brighter days ahead with the addition Monday of a new interim police chief.

Retired Seaside Police Chief Tony Sollecito takes over for former Interim Police Chief Dennis Hegwood, who left in December.

The department was hit hard last winter when several officers and the then police chief Bruce Miller were arrested as part of a corruption investigation.

Sollecito says he decided to come out of retirement because he loves law enforcement and sees the King City situation as a worthy challenge.

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Water Issues and Drought
5:48 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Lake Cachuma emergency water system gets state funding

A boat ramp at Lake Cachuma sits well above the current water line. Nov. 2014.
Credit Randol White - KCBX News

An emergency addition to the water uptake system at Lake Cachuma will allow the Santa Barbara area to continue pumping, even as the lake level continues to drop.

Cachuma's gravity-fed system was near bottoming out due to the historic drought.

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson along with Assembly member Das Williams announced Friday that $3 million dollars in state funding was being provided to help pay for the upgrade, with a million of that coming from Prop. 84 grant.

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4:02 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Santa Maria High School teacher and coach arrested on child pornography charges in SLO County

A teacher and coach at Santa Maria High School is facing child pornography charges and has been placed on leave by the school district.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office says 53-year-old Michael David Smith was arrested Thursday after deputies served a search warrant at his Santa Margarita home.

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6:28 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Montecito's Miramar Hotel project passes Planning Commission vote

Developer Rick Caruso wants to build an updated resort where the abandoned blue-roofed Miramar Hotel once stood.
Credit Flickr member Damian Gadal

Plans to re-establish Montecito's Miramar Hotel now have a green light from the local planning commission.

The approved project is smaller than what was originally proposed, and as of Thursday, there was no word on whether developer Rick Caruso plans to move forward with the modified design.

If Caruso Affiliated does continue with the project, it would still needs to go through an appeals period and will also need approval from the Board of Architectural Review. There is no requirement for a Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors vote, unless it's appealed to that body.

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6:15 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Paso Robles man facing felony charges for production and possession of child pornography

51-year-old Paso Robles resident Steven Michael Lindhorst is facing multiple felony counts related to child pornography.
Credit PRPD

A Paso Robles man is in San Luis Obispo County jail facing multiple felony charges surrounding the production and possession of child pornography.

Police say 51-year-old Steven Martin Lindhorst was arrested Wednesday at his Paso Robles home. 

Investigators with the Paso Robles Police Department (PRPD) say at least 14 victims have been identified and there could possibly be more.

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12:30 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Nipomo residents asked to look for missing fire hydrant caps

Example of a missing brass fire hydrant cap in the Nipomo area.
Credit NCSD

The community of Nipomo is seeing a rash of thefts involving the brass caps on fire hydrants.

The Nipomo Community Services District (NCSD) says at least ten have been taken out of the 650 throughout the area.

"Tampering with fire hydrants is considered a serious offense that threatens public safety," the district says.

A single brass cap may bring $10 in scrap value, and they're relatively easy to remove in order to give quick access to the firefighters who need to use the hydrants.

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5:26 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Several Central Coast cities receive 'F' grades from American Lung Association

Credit Flickr member: Fried Dough

The latest annual report from the American Lung Association shows smoking on the Central Coast is still a problem in many communities.

The report gives mixed grades for Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. Not a single city got an "A" grade, but Carpinteria and San Luis Obispo got B grades, as did unincorporated Santa Barbara County.

Vanessa Marvin is a senior director with the Lung Association and says there's still a lot of work to be done by many of the other the area's other communities.

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Central Coast Business Wrap-up
12:44 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Group works to solve problems surrounding 'workforce housing' in San Luis Obispo

The topic of workforce housing in San Luis Obispo is a hot one currently, really picking up steam during recent debate at the City Council meetings in regards to the newly approved update to the city’s general plan.

Brad Brechwald is the Principal and CEO of the Wallace Group, a Central Coast engineering and design firm. He’s also a cochair for a group working on economic solutions for the county’s housing needs, among other issues. It's one of six "cluster" groups working on various aspects of the local economy.

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4:40 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Pilot bachelor's degree program at California community colleges limited in options

The Cuesta College campus in San Luis Obispo will not be among those taking part in a pilot program to offer bachelor's degrees.
Credit Cuesta College

Several community colleges throughout California are now set to become the first in the state to offer bachelor's degrees, however schools on the Central Coast are not currently among them.

A list of 15 pilot program schools was introduced Tuesday at the California Community Colleges Board of Governors meeting in Sacramento. 

Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo County chose not to formally apply, based on the program's restrictions.

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Pets & Animals
2:45 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Cal Fire rescues horse from hole in the ground near Arroyo Grande

Cal Fire crews help rescue a horse from a hole, east of Arroyo Grande.
Credit Cal Fire SLO Twitter feed

A horse that got trapped in a hole Tuesday morning east of Arroyo Grande was eventually freed with the help of Cal Fire crews, a veterinarian and a neighbor.

Cal Fire San Luis Obispo says the distress call came in around 10:30 a.m. While the hole was initially described as a sink hole, Battalion Chief  Paul Lee says he believes it was manmade. 

"In and around that hole was a lot of lumber," said Lee, adding that the horse was entangled in the two-by-fours and plywood. The animal was upset and was calmed down with the help of a veterinarian.

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Water Issues and Drought
6:29 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Cambria prepares to throw the switch on emergency water project

Cambria’s emergency water project involves treating groundwater and wastewater, before pumping it back into aquifers.
Credit Jason Lopez

A milestone event in the Village of Cambria's ongoing water saga is scheduled to take place Tuesday afternoon when the emergency water project begins pumping into the local aquifer, as designed.

The system works by drawing up groundwater that is not potable because of seawater intrusion and treated effluent. That water is then filtered and pumped back into the ground.

The system has been in test mode since November and was originally slated to switch into operational mode last month.

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6:17 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Richard Martinez invited by Rep. Lois Capps to President Obama's State of the Union address

Credit Richard Martinez Twitter feed @riromtz

Richard Martinez, the father of slain UC Santa Barbara student Christopher Michaels-Martinez, is an invited guest at Tuesday night's State of the Union speech in Washington D.C.

Central Coast Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) has worked with Martinez on shaping gun violence legislation and invited him to attend.

Martinez says he's hoping the 114th Congress will address the issue of gun violence. He's working with the group Everytown to lobby for new gun laws.

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