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
6:34 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Monterey County Supervisors split on fracking issue, fail to approve moratorium

San Ardo oil field
Credit Flickr member Loco Steve

A temporary ban on fracking in Monterey County was not approved at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, following passionate public comment and split opinions from the board members themselves.

A majority of the board indicated there is no need for a moratorium sighting that there are currently no oil and gas operations in the county using hydraulic fracturing.

Much of the conversation at the meeting was also focused on the state's obligation to regulate the industry under SB-4.

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Environment
6:28 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Chumash tribe plans to resubmit marine sanctuary nomination following NOAA rejection

Their are plans to move forward with an effort to create a National Marine Sanctuary for the waters off the coastlines of San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara Counties, following a federal rejection of the nomination earlier this month.

The Northern Chumash Tribal Council would like to preserve the area sandwiched between the Monterey Bay and Channel Islands sanctuaries. The proposed area would be called the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.

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Environment
6:32 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Sea lion population facing historic starvation problem along Central Coast

Rehabilitated sea lions are released back into the Pacific Ocean.
Credit Marine Mammal Center

There is a major spike in the number of starving sea lion pups showing up on Central Coast beaches. While the influx is overwhelming facilities like the Marine Mammal Center in Morro Bay, all rescued animals are still being accepted according to spokesperson Laura Sherr.

The organization says it has rescued more than 500 animals so far this year, more than ever before in its 40 year history.

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Community
5:14 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

St. Patrick's Day in SLO could be quiet this year, for more than one reason

Central Coast Pipes and Drums march through downtown San Luis Obispo as part of a St. Patrick's Day tradition.
Credit Central Coast Pipes and Drums Facebook Page

The City of San Luis Obispo is not taking any chances that St. Patrick's Day partiers could get out of hand Tuesday.

However, this year's celebration is expected to be more tame than in years past. Those celebrating in downtown San Luis Obispo will not be hearing the traditional Irish sounds from the Central Coast Pipes and Drums this year.

The group that has annually entertained crowded bars is taking this year off. The group's Pipe Major Paul Dunn said that they don't want to encourage the college student party atmosphere following this month's roof collapse.

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Education
6:01 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

'All Clear' given for San Miguel schools following lockdown over gun shots

The all-clear was put in place Thursday afternoon for a couple of elementary schools in San Miguel that were put on lockdown during the noon hour.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office says a report of shots fired in the area triggered the cautionary move.

The schools—Lillian Larsen and Almond Acres Charter Academy—were deemed safe after it was determined the sound of the shots had come from nearby Camp Roberts.

The National Guard was conducting live-fire exercises around the same time, according to the sheriff's report.

Water Issues and Drought
5:18 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Santa Barbara water crisis reaches historic levels with no signs of 'Miracle March' relief

A boat ramp at Lake Cachuma sits high and dry back in November, as lake levels dropped well out of reach.
Credit Randol White - KCBX News

Santa Barbara's primary water source during a normal year, Lake Cachuma, will figuratively run dry as early as October according to official estimates. This would be the first time in the project's history.

Water will still be in the lake, but there will be no new usable water, according to Joshua Haggmark, the City of Santa Barbara's Water Resources Manager.

To address the growing problem, a Stage III drought could be issued in May for Santa Barbara customers, which would move rationing from voluntary to mandatory.

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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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