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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Health
6:30 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Drought, warmer temps spell bad news for spread of West Nile Virus in California

Mosquitos transmit West Nile virus to birds and then birds serve as carriers to transmit the disease back to mosquitos.
Credit Flickr member Enrique Dans

Warmer temperatures and the lingering drought in California could lead to increased levels of West Nile Virus, according to medical experts.

The California Department of Public Health said Wednesday that the state saw record virus activity in 2014.

Doctor Vicki Kramer runs the Vector-Borne Disease Program in the Department and said the Central Coast has been protected somewhat because of it's cooler temperatures. But, the drought and record warmth during the first few months of 2015 could make maters worse.

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Politics
11:25 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Candidates already lining up to run for Lois Capps' seat in 2016

Credit Roll Call video

Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) announced Wednesday that she will not run again for her seat in Nov. 2016. She made the announcement in a video saying, "it's been a hard decision to make."

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Energy
6:11 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Santa Barbara ready to fire up hydroelectric power plant

The Gibraltar Reservoir, pre-drought.
Credit City of Santa Barbara

The City of Santa Barbara will soon be in the business of generating hydroelectric power with the completed upgrade of a plant connected to Gibraltar reservoir.

The facility was built in the 1980s and went online in 1985, but it was taken offline in 1998 when the costs to run the plant—including federal regulatory fees—exceeded the revenue from power sales.

Cathy Taylor is the Water Systems Manager for the city and says Mayor Helene Schneider was passionate about restarting the power plant. The Mayor even took the issue to the lawmakers in Washington D.C.

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Environment
5:53 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Grunion runs expected on Central Coast beaches Saturday through Tuesday nights

Taken at Belmont Shore, Long Beach.
Credit Kimberly Walker: Environmental Scientist, Marine Region Fisheries Research and Management Project, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Central Coast residents and visitors should get a chance in the coming days to see a natural phenomenon that is expected to peak along local beaches.

The annual grunion run is predicted to take place Saturday through Tuesday nights, April 4-7. When the conditions are right, thousands of the small fish beach themselves as part of their mating cycle. There will be another run this month, April 18-21, and two more in May.

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Education
6:54 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Cal Poly opens new center to help veterans with their education, careers

The official ribbon-cutting portion of Thursday's dedication ceremony for Cal Poly's Veterans Success Center.
Credit Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

A new Veterans Success Center was officially dedicated Thursday on the Cal Poly campus. It's designed to help veterans and their dependents become successful students, and move on into their careers.

The number of vets and their dependents attending Cal Poly is on the rise with more than 300 enrolled in the 2014/2015 school year.

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Water Issues and Drought
6:00 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

How Central Coast communities will be affected by mandated statewide water restrictions

Rebates will be offered under the state's new mandatory water rationing plan allowing residents and businesses to upgrade to more efficient water-saving appliances and hardware.
Credit Flickr member HereStanding

Governor Brown issued an executive order on Wednesday requiring mandatory water rationing for the first time in California's history. He announced the plan from a snowless Ski Resort in the Sierra Nevada.

The spot where Brown was standing would have had five feet of snow during an average year, but instead the ground at his feet was bare. The state's snowpack survey showed record low levels of water storage at just five percent of normal.

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Education
5:55 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Lucia Mar teachers authorize union to strike if negotiations with district fail

Supporters of the Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association picket for a salary increase.
Credit Change.org "Fairly pay our teachers" petition

The union representing teachers in the Lucia Mar School District now have authorization to initiate a strike, should negotiations reach that point.

The Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association (LMUTA) announced the support from teachers following voting on Friday.

The teachers are asking for an increase in wages to bring salaries closer to those of their colleagues working in neighboring districts, including San Luis Coastal and Santa Maria-Bonita. Lucia Mar School District leaders say they can't afford the level that's being proposed, and have made their own offer.

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Arts
5:59 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Santa Maria students connect with Mexican culture through music and dance

Righetti High School's 2014 Folklorico "Big Show" dancers
Credit Righetti High School

EVENT DETAILS:

  • Friday and Saturday, March 27, 28, 2015
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Ethel Pope Auditorium, 901 S. Broadway, Santa Maria, Calif.
  • Ticket information - (805) 937-2051, ext 2716 or 2502
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Crime
6:12 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Guilty plea in King City Police Department corruption scandal, part of prosecution deal

The previous owner of a King City towing company will testify for the prosecution in the King City Police Department corruption case, after pleading guilty Tuesday in court. 50-year-old Brian Miller pleaded guilty to both bribery and grand theft charges.

The Monterey County District Attorney's Office has offered Miller a lenient sentence of probation in exchange for his truthful testimony during upcoming court cases, prosecutor Steve Somers told KCBX.

Business
5:58 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Possible changes on the way for restaurant and other concessions at Morro Bay State Park marina

The Bayside Cafe and other facilities managed in the Morro Bay State Park marina have been operating under a concessions contract that expired in 1993.
Credit Flickr member brian washburn

California State Parks and the City of Morro Bay's Harbor Advisory Board are considering plans for new development and management at the Morro Bay State Park marina.

The current facilities, including the Bayside Cafe, are operated through a concession contract that expired more than 20 years ago.

A meeting to collect public comment is scheduled for April 2, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Morro Bay Veteran's Memorial Hall.

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Crime
4:20 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Video points to arson as cause of Food Bank of Monterey County fire

Monterey County's only food bank is struggling this week to distribute resources to those in need, following what investigators are now calling an arson fire.  Damage caused by the crime is far reaching.

The Salinas Fire Department said Monday it has video surveillance footage that confirms Saturday's fire was purposely set by an individual.

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People and Entertainment
3:50 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Rock legend David Crosby hits jogger with car in Santa Ynez

Singer-Song writer David Crosby seen on stage in September, 2012
Credit Flickr member Christopher Michel

The California Highway Patrol said Monday afternoon that an investigation was underway into a Sunday evening car crash that involved singer-songwriter David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, and Nash fame.

The CHP said 46-year-old Jose Jimenez was jogging on Baseline Avenue in Santa Ynez when he was hit just before 6:00 p.m. S

Sergeant Don Clotworthy with the CHP's Buellton office said Crosby, a Santa Ynez resident, was driving a 2015 Tesla sedan at the speed limit (55 mph) and was not driving under the influence of drugs nor alcohol.

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Health
3:36 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Tests show Santa Barbara woman does not have the Ebola virus

The Ebola virus as seen under a microscope.
Credit Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Tests show a Santa Barbara County woman does not have Ebola, after coming down with a fever following a recent trip to Africa.

The woman was taken Sunday to a hospital in Los Angeles for testing. The trip required special equipment for the ambulance and all the health care workers involved.

Dr. Charity Dean,  Health Officer with the County's Public Health Department, says all appropriate steps were followed, even thought the woman was considered to be at low risk of having the disease.

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Business
4:00 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Specialized manufacturing plays growing role in Central Coast economy

Lab work and testing being done at Trust Automation in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Credit Ty Safreno, Trust Automation

The specialized manufacturing sector of the San Luis Obispo County economy accounts for 2.27 percent of the jobs in the area, but according to number from the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC), those jobs come with an average pay-scale higher then most other industries — $65,855.

While relatively small, the sector is growing. The latest numbers show it grew seven percent from 2008 to 2014.

GUESTS:

Ty Safreno, CEO and co-owner of Trust Automation, Inc., is the co-chair of EVC's Specialized Manufacturing Council.

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Water Issues and Drought
7:09 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Governor Brown and the California legislature agree on $1 billion drought aid package

San Luis Obispo's Laguna Lake nearly dried-up in 2014 following the driest year on record for California.
Credit KCBX News - Randol White

California Governor Jerry Brown and the California legislature announced Thursday an agreement on plans for more than $1 billion in emergency drought aid, including money for water recycling projects, water quality measures, and flood protection plans.

The governor did not however call for any mandatory statewide rationing.

This is the second year of emergency drought aid, but the governor's office says the state has only spent a little more than half of last year's $870 million. 

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