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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Politics
6:32 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

San Jose City Council unanimous in concern over planned Phillips 66 oil-by-rail expansion

The potential for increased oil shipments along the Southern Pacific rail line through San Jose is cause for concern among council members.
Credit Flickr member Drew Jacksich

The City of San Jose is the latest California municipality to express concern over an increase in crude oil shipments by rail.

The San Jose City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to instruct the city manager to send a letter to the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission, asking members to take into consideration their concerns as part of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Phillips 66 refinery rail spur.

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Energy
6:08 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Large solar project gets unanimous support from Monterey County Planning Commission

Solar panels similar to the ones planned for the California Flats project in Monterey County.
Credit First Solar

A massive solar project in southeastern Monterey County got a unanimous thumbs up Wednesday from the Monterey County Planning Commission.

First Solar spokesman Steve Krum said members voted 8 to 0 in favor of approving the California Flats Solar Farm.

"The decision was to recommend to the Board of Supervisors to Certify the EIR, to approve the Development Agreement and approve the project," said Carol Allen, Senior Secretary for the Monterey County Resource Management Agency.

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Politics
3:52 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Central Coast expert on Cuba discusses changes to US foreign policy

"Colors of Havana"
Credit Flickr member Anton Novoselov

Last month, the Obama Administration drastically changed decades of foreign policy guidelines for relations with Cuba.

A Washington Post poll released in late December showed nearly 75 percent of Americans support the lifting of travel restrictions to that county, and roughly 2-out-of-3 back ending a trade embargo, and improving relations.

Charles Barclay is a former U.S. diplomat in Havana and was among the key players working to free Alan Gross, the U.S. contractor released as part of the sweeping changes.

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Health
6:45 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Infant becomes Santa Barbara County's first recorded death from whooping cough

California is in the middle of a whooping cough epidemic, the worst the state has seen in 70 years.

The outbreak's latest fatality was a 25-day-old baby in Santa Barbara County. It's the county's first recorded death from the disease—also called pertussis—and only the second death in California since the outbreak started last year.

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Environment
5:28 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Monterey County reaches settlement over environmental lawsuits

A Salinas Valley strawberry field.
Credit Tom Wilmer

A couple of environmental lawsuits filed against Monterey County were settled Tuesday—at least for the time being.

Landwatch Monterey County and The Open Monterey Project sued back in 2010 following the adoption of the new county's General Plan. Those two lawsuits were combined.

The plaintiffs were concerned with management of the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin, encroachment of agriculture on the county's hillsides, blockage of wildlife corridors, and other aspects regarding the county's agriculture and wine industries.

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Environment
5:41 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Monarch butterflies under consideration for federal Endangered Species List

Credit Flickr member Greg Hewgill

A process to place the monarch butterfly on the federal Endangered Species List is underway. It's part of an effort to protect it from rapidly declining numbers.

Over the past several years, the annual count for monarch butterflies has seen a gradual upswing at the popular grove in Pismo Beach. Cal Poly Professor Denis Frey has been tabulating the local migration numbers since the early 90s, and has shown wide swings in peak totals, according to the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove website.

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Agriculture
5:24 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Surprise! California cold snap is good news for local kiwi farmers

Credit California Kiwifruit Commission

The ongoing cold snap hitting California and the Central Coast is expected to hit its peak on New Year's Day in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Monterey Counties.

Low temperatures are forecast to drop into the upper teens and low twenties in some of the Central Coast's inland valleys.

While a cold spell like this spells trouble for vulnerable commercial crops like citrus and avocados, one local crop actually thrives on the cold: kiwifruit.

Bob Criswell runs Mallard Lake Ranch in Nipomo and says people often think of Kiwi as a tropical fruit, and it's not.

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Crime
3:16 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Investigators say 'no signs of foul play' in death of Los Osos woman

27-year-old Margay Edwards posing with her car. Edwards' body was found in the Nevada desert on Sept. 25, 2014. Her car was found on Oct. 4, 2014 after the Las Vegas Metro Police Dept. Air Unit made a fly-over search.
Credit Nye County Sheriff's Office (NCSO)

Forensic investigators in Nevada say they do not believe foul play was involved in the case of a missing Los Osos woman whose body was found in the Nevada desert earlier this year.

Nye County Sheriff Anthony DeMeo says a pair of autopsies, crime scene details, and cell phone records show no signs of foul play related to the death of Margay Edwards.

The 27-year-old's last known contact with people was on September 14th near a dry lakebed, and she did not appear to be in any danger at the time according to witnesses.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Promising new tool will allow public to easily search the dealings of Sacramento lawmakers

The California State Capitol Building
Credit Jessica Paterson

Your ability to easily search California legislative hearings—complete with full audio transcripts—is about to take a big leap forward.

A $1.2 million grant to Cal Poly's Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy (IATPP) will help fund this program, called Digital Democracy.

This first-in-the-nation system will work by using voice and face recognition software to convert video files of state government meetings into searchable text-based documents.

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Traffic
3:17 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Central Coast Amtrak route sees big jump in ridership during the holiday season

The Pacific Surfliner pulls into Santa Barbara's Amtrak station.
Credit Flickr member Loco Steve

More travelers are choosing to take the train along the Central Coast than in years past, especially as part of holiday travel.

Amtrak California says it's seeing record ridership for the Pacific Surfliner, which services San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties as well as Southern California.

November ridership had levels not seen in more than a decade, despite low gas prices.

Matt Rocco is a Cal Trans spokesperson and says he believes there are several reasons why the service is seeing a jump in ridership levels.

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Education
3:09 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

It's crunch time for Cal Poly students assembling this year's Rose Parade float

Kalyn McKenzie and Joanie Tran work together on a weld on the Cal Poly universities Tournament of Roses float, ‘Soaring Stories.’
Credit Tom Zasadzinski / Cal Poly Pomona

Students from Cal Poly are busy at work putting the finishing touches on this year's Rose Parade Float. For several decades, the San Luis Obispo and Pomona campuses have joined forces, each building one half of the same float and then bringing them together with award-winning results.

This year's Cal Poly entry includes solar power to assist with some of the float's many moving parts, the first time solar has been used this extensively by any parade entry.

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Weather
2:56 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Cold temperatures force Hard Freeze Warning for areas of Central Coast

Frost covers the grass at Laguna Hills Park in San Luis Obispo on Friday morning. A Frost Advisory will be in effect for much of the San Luis Obispo County coastal areas on Saturday morning.
Credit Randol White - KCBX News

Farmers and residents are bracing for another cold night along the Central Coast with a Hard Freeze Warning kicking into effect during the early morning hours on Saturday.

The National Weather Service says protective measures should be taken with plants and crops that are sensitive to the extreme cold. Also, vulnerable pets and animals should be moved indoors during the coldest period from 3:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Exposed water pipes should be wrapped to keep them from bursting.

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Environment
12:17 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Recycling do's and don'ts during the holiday season

Credit Flickr member Colin Delaney

The gift-giving, party-throwing and house-decorating associated with the Christmas holiday season generates a lot of trash and recyclable materials each year. But, what exactly goes into the blue bins and what is for certain headed to the landfill?

Tom Martin has been with San Luis Garbage for more than 20 years. He says the rules surrounding recycling have changed over time, including what to do with all of that wrapping paper.

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Water Issues and Drought
11:38 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Climate prediction: Wet start to 2015 expected on California coast

The most recent climate charts from the scientists at NOAA show we're likely to have a wetter-than-normal start to the New Year. This is the first time in five years a prediction like this has been called for California and the Central Coast.

Bob Benjamin is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Monterey. He says the strong, stubborn ridge of high pressure that kept storms out of the picture for the past few years doesn't appear to have the same force this season.

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Health
11:29 am
Wed December 24, 2014

'Valley Fever' is growing concern for Central Coast health experts

Where Valley Fever is most commonly found in the United States and Mexico.
Credit Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Central Coast health experts say there is growing local concern over the disease known as 'Valley Fever'. The number of cases statewide is rising, with more than 4,000 reported in 2012—likely just a fraction of those who actually came down with it.

San Luis Obispo County Epidemiologist Ann McDowell says it's important that local health care professionals understand the disease, so they can diagnose it properly.

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