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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People and Entertainment
5:48 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Citizen Kane to have first-ever screening at Hearst Castle

The exterior of Hearst Castle, San Simeon, Calif.
Credit Tom Wilmer

What is considered by many to be one of the best movies ever made will be screened for the first time at Hearst Castle's historic Hilltop Theater.

Some may see this as ironic, while others may find it very appropriate.

The movie is 1941's Citizen Kane, directed by Orson Welles. It's widely accepted that the movie—while fictional—is based on the life of William Randolph Hearst, who was a known critic of the film.

The event is part of this week's San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.

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Community
5:00 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

New online tool lets public help design SLO to Pismo Beach trail

Example of the online tool used to help create a San Luis Obispo to Pismo Beach multi-use trail.
Credit SLOCOG

A high-tech mapping tool designed by Google is being used as a way for the public to assist in the design of a multi-use trail that could one day connect San Luis Obispo to Pismo Beach.

The Edna - Price Canyon Trail is still in the early planning phases, and those behind the project are asking for the public's inpus with its layout.

The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) says the overall goal of the mapping tool process is to assist in preparing a Trail Master Plan.

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Politics
3:30 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Santa Barbara working to quickly create City Council districts before November elections

Santa Barbara's downtown core.
Credit Flickr member Damian Gadal

The City of Santa Barbara is working on plans to set up new city council districts for the upcoming November 2015 election.

Until now, the city's council members were elected at-large—meaning any registered voter in the city could cast a ballot for any of the council seats.

The move to districts is the result of a court ruling and settlement under the state's 2001 voting rights act.

Kristy Schmidt is Santa Barbara's Administrative Services Director. She says the city is currently collecting information from the public on forming the geographic boundaries.

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Education
6:11 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Cal Poly investigating Saturday's roof collapse that injured several people

Aftermath of a roof collapse at Saturday morning's St. Fratty's Day party.
Credit San Luis Obispo Fire Department

Cal Poly's Greek system could be penalized following Saturday's roof collapse that injured several people, according to University spokesman Matt Lazier.

The incident happened during an annual early morning party known as Saint Fratty's Day, and appears to be the result of too many people standing on the structure.

Fraternities and sororities were placed on social probation back in January as modifications to party management policies were considered.

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Agriculture
5:22 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Cal Poly scientists work to find alternative soil treatment for growing strawberries

Cal Poly's experimental strawberry fields are just north of campus along Highway 1.
Credit Jay Thompson - Cal Poly

A large research project aimed at finding better ways to grow strawberries has some of those test berries showing up in the produce departments at local stores.

The Strawberry Sustainability Research and Education Center at Cal Poly is working on alternatives to the previous industry standard for soil fumigation called methyl bromide. The chemical is being phased out in California, so Central Coast berry growers are looking for viable alternatives, including the option of using no fumigants at all.

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Environment
5:56 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Wildflower season gets early start in eastern San Luis Obispo County

This 2008 photo in the Carrizo Plains National Monument shows a pre-drought wildflower bloom.
Credit Bob Wick, BLM California

The wildflower season in eastern San Luis Obispo County is off to a very early start. Fields of yellow and blue are a few weeks into their bloom right now according to the Carrizo Plain National Monument's visitor center.

Jackie Czapla runs the center and says the blooms should just be getting started, but instead are well underway.

Czapla says the monument has had less than five inches of rain this year, so it's not going to be a big showy spring display, but it's still beautiful.

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Energy
5:26 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Possibility of more oil trains passing through Santa Barbara is focus of community meeting

Union Pacific rail lines passing through San Jose, one of the municipalities that has expressed concern in writing to the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission over the Phillips 66 oil train project.
Credit Flickr member Drew Jacksich

Santa Barbara County and City leaders will be take part in a community meeting Monday night to discuss the proposed Phillips 66 oil train project.

A growing number of districts and municipalities up and down the California coast, including several cities and counties, are writing to the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission to express concern over the plan. All are situated along Union Pacific rail lines that could potentially carry the additional tanker cars.

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Business
10:45 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Developers explain the inspiration behind historic Long-Bonetti Ranch project in SLO

Artist rendering of the finished SLO Public Market on the historic Long-Bonetti Ranch property in San Luis Obispo.
Credit PB Companies

The recent passage of the City of San Luis Obispo’s update to the General Plan—known as the LUCE, or Land Use and Circulation Elements—opened the door for several large development projects to move forward.

One of the those is a $16.5 million project that sits at the intersection of South Higuera and Tank Farm Road, called the SLO Public Market.

Some long-time locals may know the parcel as the historic Long-Bonetti Ranch.

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Community
6:13 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Food Bank plans to change its structure for serving SLO County

Credit Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County Facebook Page

One of the largest organizations to provide much needed meals to hungry people along the Central Coast, confirmed plans Thursday for a major change to its operation.

The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County wants to shut down its facilities in Paso Robles and Oceano so that it can consolidate those operations into one larger warehouse that's centrally located.

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Science & Technology
5:55 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Dawn spacecraft mission to Ceres could help explain origins of our solar system

The dwarf planet Ceres as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
Credit NASA

A former Cal Poly professor is among the lead team members as NASA prepares to enter a historic orbit Friday morning of a dwarf planet. 

The Dawn spacecraft launched in 2007 is studying the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Scientists believe Ceres was on its way to becoming a full-sized planet... but had its development interrupted by Jupiter's gravity.

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Business
6:30 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

New development could be game changer for Guadalupe's future

A Central Coast city on the verge of insolvency last fall, now has a much brighter future according to those in charge.

A major housing development broke ground Wednesday in the City of Guadalupe. When finished, it could boost the city's population from roughly 7100 to above the 10,000 mark.

The total development is on more than 200 acres and will include 800 homes and will be built in stages over 10 to 15 years.

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Education
5:57 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Why out-of-state student cap won't affect UCSB

Credit Wikipedia user: Coolcaesar

The University of California is putting a cap on the number of out-of-state students that can attend certain campuses next year. 

This new rule will not apply locally to UCSB. The number of non-resident students attending both Berkeley and UCLA will be capped at current levels  and UC San Diego will be held to 20 percent according to the new rule.

UCSB's non-resident percentage has more than doubled in the past five years at 9.2 percent last fall. The average for the UC system not counting those campuses under the cap program is six percent.

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Water Issues and Drought
5:19 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

'Notice of Violations' filed against Cambria's emergency water supply project

The CCSD's Emergency Water Supply Project started officially operating in January, 2015.
Credit Jason Lopez

District leaders in Cambria say the area's emergency water supply project is now in compliance, after receiving a "Notice of Violation" from the regional water quality control board.

The project, designed to keep the village from running out of water during the ongoing drought, began officially operating in late January after a couple of months of testing.

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Energy
5:49 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Several factors are behind rising gas prices on Central Coast

Credit Flickr member Mike Mozart

A steep jump in gas prices along the Central Coast is likely to continue for the time being. Maria Montgomery with AAA says the rise has mostly been fueled by problems in Southern California.

"We've seen prices rise in the Central Coast area over a dollar in the last month and it is primary because a local refinery in Torrance has been affected by an explosion and that has sent wholesale prices skyrocketing," said Montgomery.

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Environment
1:32 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

'Unprecedented' back-to-back warm winters in California complicate ongoing drought

Jan. 17 2015 - San Luis Obispo, Calif. — A wet December helped to green California's hills and refill a portion of San Luis Obispo's Laguna Lake, but the following month of January was among the warmest and driest on record in 2015.
Credit Randol White - KCBX News

The Central Coast saw a very warm, dry January this year, as did the rest of the state. Now, Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say it ranks among the warmest and driest on record.

Not only was this January the fourth warmest in the books, but it follows the warmest January ever in 2014. 

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