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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Energy
6:35 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Diablo Canyon's seismic safety is focus of US Senate committee

Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) addressing the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

The safety of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant is being considered by members of the U.S. Senate. The Committee on Environment and Public Works heard testimony Wednesday from Central Coast political and community leaders.

Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) addressed committee chair Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) regarding recent earthquake information that suggests the power plant is not safe.

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Crime
5:51 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Body cams quickly becoming new tool for law enforcement in Monterey County

Demonstration still of a body camera in use.
Credit TASER AXON body

Several Monterey County police departments are moving forward with body camera technology to help document specific on-duty officer interactions with the public.

This week, Greenfield became the first department in the county to institute the technology. King City, Soledad and Salinas are expected to follow soon.

Salinas Police Chief Kelly McMillan says his department—by far the largest of any Central Coast police department—will purchase as many as 125 cameras.

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Weather
2:05 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Rock landslide forces closure of Santa Barbara County's Nojoqui Falls Trail

Credit Santa Barbara County Fire

The trail to Nojoqui Falls in the Santa Ynez Valley was shut down Wednesday following a series of landslides.

The path is closed at the trailhead over concerns of additional slides. Michael Allen is with Santa Barbara County Parks and says the trail is simply "not safe" right now, so it will remained closed until further notice.

Damage is severe to the trail making it impassible. Large boulders are on the ground, and more unstable rocks remain on the hillside. The parks department hopes to have a geologist come out to look at the situation.

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Politics
12:12 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Council delays Airport Commission override vote on SLO land use plan

Newly-Elected Council Member Dan Rivoire following his swearing-in ceremony on Monday, December 1, 2014.
Credit slocity.org video still

The San Luis Obispo City Council will vote next Tuesday on whether to move forward with its plans for future housing and transportation needs, despite restrictions that are currently in place for such development surrounding the airport and beyond.

The City Council discussed the topic at its meeting Tuesday night, but did not bring it up for a vote because newly-elected council member Dan Rivoire wants an extra week to hear from the public.

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Weather
5:58 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Santa Barbara County warming shelters set up for this week's heavy rainfall

Infrared satellite image of the West Coast taken Monday evening.
Credit National Weather Service

Tuesday and Wednesday could see the strongest storm to hit the Central Coast since a Pacific storm last March slammed into the area.

The bulk of the rainfall is expected to take place from Tuesday afternoon into the evening hours, with up to five inches of rain possible along the local foothills and mountains.

Maria Long is organizing warming shelters to bring people out of the wet and cold this week, through her organization, Freedom Warming Centers.

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Central Coast
4:26 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

$1.3 million trail at Montaña de Oro State Park opens ahead of schedule

Montaña de Oro State Park's Bluff Trail during the ADA improvements work.
Credit California State Parks

A $1.3 million trail improvement project at Montaña de Oro in San Luis Obispo County is now complete.

California State Parks says work on the Bluff Trail was completed ahead of schedule and will be open for the Thanksgiving weekend. Work began in early January and was scheduled to continue through December.

Ranger Rob Colligan says he believes with the predicted warm weather there will likely be a lot of activity on the trail tomorrow.

The project was designed to improve access under Americans with Disabilities (ADA) guidelines.

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Central Coast Business Wrap-up
11:39 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Report: Cal Poly is major economic engine for San Luis Obispo County

Cal Poly students between classes on the first day of the fall quarter, 2014.
Credit Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

The Colleges and Universities that dot the Central Coast do far more than create an educated populace, they also account for a major portion of the area’s economy.

A recent study took a look at one university in particular—Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo—and found when you tabulate all of the various economic interactions that institution, its students, faculty and staff have with the surrounding area, the sum of those accounts for 12 percent of the entire county’s economic output.

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Community
10:10 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Hundreds take to Santa Barbara streets in Ferguson-related protest

Protesters gathering in Santa Barbara in reaction to the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo.
Credit Twitter: Agatha Bacelar @AgathaBacelar

Protests over the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this week went nationwide Tuesday night, including at least one gathering on the Central Coast.

Roughly 500 people were involved at a protest in Santa Barbara according to police estimates.

Santa Barbara Police Sergeant Riley Harwood says the crowd originally formed downtown at the Courthouse Sunken Garden. The crowd then became mobile, moving down State Street and eventually toward Highway 101 at Carrillo Street.

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Politics
6:45 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Recount settles close race for Pismo Beach Mayor

A requested recount now confirms the original vote totals in the race for Mayor of Pismo Beach, where a two vote margin determined incumbent Shelly Higginbotham edged out challenger Kevin Kreowski.

The Mayor herself contributed to Kreowski's recount fund, an estimated $3000 required by San Luis Obispo County to initiate the process.

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Wine Country
6:39 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Lompoc winery earns highest U.S. ranking on 2014 Top Wines list

The climate in the Santa Rita Hills AVA is heavily influenced by the nearby Pacific Ocean.
Credit Video Still: Santa Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance

Wine Spectator is out with its Top 100 Wines list for 2014, including wines from producers wordwide, and only one California wine cracked the Top 10 this year.

Lompoc's Brewer-Clifton 2012 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills came in at No. 8.

One of the winery's founders, Greg Brewer, says when he found out about the ranking he was just as thrilled for the Lompoc area as he was for his winery.

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Pets & Animals
5:58 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Local dog owners are urged to pick up after pets for environmental reasons

Credit Flickr member Justin Henry

A campaign targeted at dog owners kicked off Monday in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties. The goal is to encourage people to pick up after their pets every time they relieve themselves on a trail, sidewalk or within a park.

David LaCaro is leading the effort for the City of Paso Robles where they marked abandoned dog waste with checkered flags Monday. He says part of this effort is to study the actions of pet owners.

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Crime
5:26 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office wants public's help with recent stabbing

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office wants the public's help in locating several people connected to a stabbing that happened in Old Town Goleta Friday evening.

Deputies say a man in his 20s was stabbed following a confrontation at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Mandarin Avenue. That man survived and is recovering from his injuries.

The Sheriff's Office is hoping somebody who saw the crime—or may have some information about it—will contact the anonymous tip line at (805) 681-4171.

Environment
5:22 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

State Water Board says Santa Maria River is 'highly toxic'

Oso Flaco Lake and other estuaries fed by the Santa Maria River are sensitive habitat areas affected by toxic levels of pesticide runoff from surrounding agriculture in the Santa Maria Valley.
Credit Flickr member Rennett Stowe

A new survey by the State Water Board shows the Santa Maria River is highly toxic—and has been for years with some of the highest readings in the state for certain chemicals.

Bryn Phillips is an environmental toxicology specialist with UC Davis who has been working on this ongoing project. He says an increase in pyrethroid pesticide levels is cause for concern.

Recently the river was designated with a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) restriction.

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Energy
10:12 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Proposed refinery rail line rallies neighbors on the Nipomo Mesa

Mesa Refinery Watch Group spokesperson Laurance Shinderman points to the Phillips 66 refinery on the horizon. A plan to add rail delivery of crude oil to the plant is not sitting well with some neighbors.
Credit KCBX News - Randol White

Large construction projects are visible in and around the western edge of the Trilogy community on the Nipomo Mesa, where views of the Oceano Dunes and Pacific Ocean are a big selling point. However, on the same horizon sits the Phillips 66 Santa Maria Refinery.

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Politics
3:03 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Recount requested in race for Mayor of Pismo Beach

The two vote victory for Mayor of Pismo Beach will face a manual recount starting on Monday morning, November 24, 2014.

Incumbent Mayor Shelly Higginbotham edged out challenger Kevin Kreowski by just two votes back on November 4. Those vote totals were certified on Wednesday, giving the candidates five days to request a recount.

Kreowski was able to raise the roughly $3000 needed to pay for the request with a portion of that money donated by Mayor Higginbotham.

County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald estimates the manual tally will take two days.

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