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

KCBX News

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Pismo Beach is one step closer to banning expanded polystyrene—known by its brand name styrofoam—from being used by restaurants and other food purveyors. 

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Another long-serving member of Congress from the Central Coast says this term will be his last. Representative Sam Farr announced Thursday he's stepping down after 23 years in Washington. 

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Winemakers on the Central Coast say the 2015 harvest started and ended early with a low yield. 

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport

The airport in San Luis Obispo will break ground on a new terminal this Saturday. 

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San Luis Obispo County is moving forward with plans to bring green energy choices to Central Coast power customers. 

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Our drought-inspired live landscaping and gardening show (the second one of the year) included a panel of experts who took calls from listeners, and a conversation with San Luis Obispo's Utilities Services Manager Ron Munds.

Mr. Munds explained how the city's anonymous "Report an Issue" tip line works.

Host: Randol White

In-studio guests:

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The City of San Luis Obispo said Monday that its most recent water quality testing results show the city's drinking water now meets state and federal regulatory compliance levels for Trihalomethanes (TTHMs).

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All Haggen stores throughout California, including several on the Central Coast, will likely be put up for sale as the Washington-based grocery chain looks to exit the area.

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Isaac Lindsey, a junior at Templeton High, was in a medically induced coma Monday afternoon, according to a statement released by family members. 

The San Luis Obispo Police Department is looking for the person who attacked a 21-year-old female student early Wednesday morning near the downtown. 

Fresno County Sheriff's Department - Sept. 7, 2015

Wildfires burning in the Sierra Nevada are responsible for the brown skies being seen over the Central Coast on Friday.

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Central Coast Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) says she plans to work with Governor Brown on drone legislation after he vetoed her proposed law late Wednesday. 

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A well-known Central Coast business will soon shut it doors, after more than 30 years of supplying wigs, masks, makeup, and Halloween outfits.

Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

The finishing touches are being put on a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient home that's being built on the Cal Poly campus.

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

The grocery wars are heating up here on the Central Coast as the Haggen chain filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Albertsons for more than $1 billion. 

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The olive industry in San Luis Obispo County is on track to have a bumper harvest this coming fall. This time around, drought is not a big factor in the equation. 

Pacific Wildlife Care

UPDATE: Aug. 26, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Pacific Wildlife Care in Morro Bay said Wednesday that 10 new birds have come into the facility since announcing the problem on Tuesday.

Santa Barbara County

UPDATE: Aug. 24, 2015 at 5:28 p.m.

The beach at Lookout Park in Summerland was reopened to the public Monday after being closed on Friday because of oil washing ashore.

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Bruce Bartlett, a well-known Central Coast architect whose projects included Cal Poly's El Corral Bookstore and the Santa Barbara Bowl, passed away Friday from pancreatic cancer. 

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

A ruling this week by a Superior Court judge in Sacramento calls for Central Coast farmers to change the way they deal with water runoff from their fields. It may take a while before any of those changes hit the local agricultural industry. 

Randol White, KCBX News

Home prices are on the rise along the Central Coast according to the latest numbers reflecting the local real estate market. 

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A Central Coast landmark is on the path to becoming a National Monument. 

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A vast, toxic algae bloom off the West Coast has scientists baffled as they work to figure out why one toxin in particular is dominating the waters. 

US Coast Guard

New data shows the oily three-mile-long sheen that developed off the coast of Goleta last week was caused by natural seepage. 

Ventura County Fire

Central Coast-based fire crews are helping to control some of the dozen or more wildfires currently burning throughout the state.

Flickr member James Bachleda

Water conservation numbers are in for June., the first month covered under Governor Jerry Brown's statewide rationing mandate—and Central Coast locations either met or exceeded target rates.

San Luis Obispo Police Department

UPDATE: Friday, July 31, 2015

The 16-year-old boy accused of human trafficking in San Luis Obispo County this week will be tried as an adult. District Attorney Dan Dow says it's at his discretion to have Nikko Anaya of Manteca face adult charges and can do so under Proposition 21, which was approved by voters in 2000.

Investigators say the 15-year-old victim—a girl from Manteca—was sold for sex acts over the course of a week in Santa Cruz, Pismo Beach, and San Luis Obispo.

Three other adults are also facing charges as part of this trafficking case.

King City's former police chief accepted a plea deal Wednesday, pleading no contest to embezzlement and obstructing a peace officer by lying to investigators—both misdemeanor counts.

A Monterey County Jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on felony charges against 50-year-old Dominic Baldiviez, so the deal was offered to avoid a re-trial, according to Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo.

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

The Haggen grocery store chain is facing criticism for its recent string of layoffs involving full-time food and general merchandise clerks, including several developmentally disabled employees on the Central Coast.

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