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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Santa Barbara County
6:29 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Bluff fencing approved for park areas along Isla Vista cliffs

Fencing approved by the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission for the Isla Vista bluffs.
Credit Santa Barbara County Planning Department

Fencing was approved on Wednesday to help keep any additional fatal cliff falls from happening in Isla Vista.

The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission voted in favor of the wood and wire-mesh design, and should the plan pass both local and California Coastal Commission appeal periods, the fencing will be placed along the bluff line of the sheer cliffs at a number of public access pocket parks.

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Community
7:05 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Bicycle community saddened by fatal crash on Los Osos Valley Road

The California Highway Patrol in San Luis Obispo says a fatal crash that killed a bicyclist on Los Osos Valley Road Wednesday night happened because the victim crossed the roadway in front of an oncoming vehicle.

Officer Richard Lee says 25-year-old Anna Deis was struck and killed as she left the La Familia Ranch Pumpkin Patch around 6:30. He says the crash happened as she crossed the road to head West and passed in front of a car driven by an 86 year old driver.

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People and Entertainment
6:47 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Ellen and Portia donate money to help build sheriff's station in Carpinteria

Ellen DeGeneres on the set of her television talk show
Credit Flickr member ronpaulrevolt2008

Celebrity couple Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are helping the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office build its Carpinteria station.

Sheriff's Spokesperson Kelly Hoover confirmed to KCBX that the part-time Montecito residents donated $10,000 to the cause.

The Santa Barbara Independent reports it will be used on bicycle gear, beach patrol, and other station improvements.

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Santa Barbara County
6:36 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

UPDATE: Emergency services beefing up for Isla Vista's Halloween weekend street party

Last spring's Deltopia event saw rioting, arrests, and injuries—something residents are hoping to avoid during this year's Halloween celebrations.
Credit Mike Eliason/SBC

A crowd estimated to be in the range of 30,000 people is expected this weekend for Halloween in Isla Vista.

In anticipation of the large street party, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department is boosting its staffing level by 25 personnel.

The resources will remain in place through the weekend. A temporary trauma tent will be set up to treat people and additional ambulances will be on standby as well.

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Crime
6:22 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Santa Maria police release route kidnapper used to molest girl

Credit Santa Maria Police Department

Santa Maria Police are looking for a man they believe kidnapped and molested a girl this past Sunday night.

Investigators say the man took the girl from a common area at the apartment complex where she lived and escorted her to nearby Sanchez Elementary School where the lewd acts then took place. School was not in session at the time.

Sergeant Daniel Rios says the department has released the route, day and time that this crime occurred with hopes of generating more leads.

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Weather
6:31 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Rain remains in the Central Coast forecast for Friday, chances improving

Satellite imagery showing the fast moving cold front expected to hit the Central Coast later this week.
Credit National Weather Service

The Central Coast is expected to see the strongest rain event of the season this Friday afternoon into Saturday morning as a fast moving cold front heads toward the area.

Bonnie Bartling is with the National Weather Service in Oxnard and says rain totals along the Central Coast will be more significant the farther north you go.

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Crime
6:23 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Santa Barbara murder likely the result of domestic violence say police

Credit Stock photo: Flickr member Tex Texin

A 39-year-old Santa Barbara man was in custody Wednesday evening as the primary suspect in the death of a 39-year-old woman who appeared to be teh victim of a domestic violence violence attack.

Investigators say the victim in this crime died of injuries she received during the assault.

The suspect and the victim were not married but did have a daughter together who was present during the violent act. Police say the girl was physically unharmed and is now being taken care of by Child Welfare Services.

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Arts
3:27 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Santa Barbara Teen Publishes 'survival guide' to bullying

Aija speaking to students about her new book
Credit Aija Mayrock

 

KCBX News Director Randol White speaks with a Santa Barbara teenager about her new book The Survival Guide to Bullying.

Ajia Mayrock breaks down the tools she used to stay positive in Junior High and High School and talks about what helped her to eventually thrive.

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Crime
5:57 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

San Luis Obispo PD plans to enforce special Halloween weekend safety rules

Credit Flickr member William Warby

Law enforcement in San Luis Obispo says it's working to keep Halloween celebrations from getting out of control this year.

Fines for several party-related infractions will be doubled during the period of time from 12:01 a.m. Thursday morning until Monday morning at 7:00 a.m.

Open alcohol container, excessive noise and unruly gatherings are among the violations included in what's being called a Safety Enhancement Zone.

Urination in Public and Possession of Dangerous Weapons are also violations covered by the doubled fine enhancement.

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Energy
5:37 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Group asks US Court of Appeals to intervene on Diablo Canyon seismic safety issue

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant on the San Luis Obispo County coastline.
Credit San Luis Obispo County

An environmental group working to shut down Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County is taking its argument to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C.

Diablo Canyon is the only nuclear power plant still operating in California.

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Crime
6:41 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

We're most worried about personal information, credit getting hacked

Credit Flickr member Sean MacEntee

A new Gallup poll shows hacking is the number one crime concern for Americans. Nearly 7 in 10 surveyed say they're most worried about having their credit card information stolen by hackers at retail stores.

Second on the list—at 62 percent—are those concerned about having their computer or smartphone hacked and that information stolen by unauthorized persons.

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Politics
5:43 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

UPDATE: Santa Barbara moves forward with plan to place district elections on 2015 ballot

Santa Barbara City Hall
Credit Flickr member Scazon

UPDATE: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6:40 p.m.

The Santa Barbara City Council is moving forward with plans to put the issue of district elections before the voters in November 2015.

Members agreed during Tuesday night's meeting to direct staff to work on the issue. The city is currently facing a lawsuit demanding district elections be implemented.

Mayor Pro Tempore Cathy Murillo voted for the resolution to move forward and had a lot to say to those who brought the lawsuit prior to registering her vote. 

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Education
6:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Largest gift in UCSB history to be used on a housing project for visiting scholars

Artist rendering of the visitor housing project for the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.

A massive donation to UC Santa Barbara—in fact, the largest in school history—is helping the University move forward with a major construction project.

Wall Street investor and billionaire Charles Munger is giving $65 million to the help with the effort. The money will be spent on a new visitor housing facility for the campus-based Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.

The Institute's director, Astrophysicist Lars Bildsten, says the addition will help visiting scholars make better use of their program time when on the UCSB campus.

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Crime
5:56 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Construction set to get underway on $20 million SLO County Juvenile Hall expansion

Construction is set to get underway next week on a $20 million expansion of San Luis Obispo County's Juvenile Hall.

The facility is located on Highway 1, not far from the Cuesta College campus and Camp San Luis Obispo.

The project will add 20 new sleeping rooms, three classrooms, a mental health treatment office, two interview/counseling rooms, a multipurpose gymnasium, staff bathrooms, male and female staff locker rooms, a training/conference room, and staff offices to the existing structure.

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Science & Technology
4:23 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Cal Poly grads win 2014 TechPitch competition with pickup truck device

The LiftGator won the 2014 TechPitch competition Wednesday night at the Alex Madonna Expo Center in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Credit Superior Solutions Manufacturing, Facebook Page

A pair of Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering alums are the winners of this year's Tech Pitch competition held last night at the Alex Madonna Expo Center in San Luis Obispo.

It was 22-year-old Justin Russo who gave the presentation for his company's removable LiftGator device designed for pickup trucks. He runs Superior Solutions Manufacturing with fellow Cal Poly grad Marty Affentranger. Their device is a product out of the HotHouse incubator. The Lift Gator makes it easy to load heavy items into truck beds.

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