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 current affairs and news topics they find most significant.  I’m thrilled to be at KCBX, where the newsroom actively seeks audience feedback for 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

A San Luis Obispo County environmental review is scheduled to start soon regarding a request to double the amount of oil pumping one company can do in the Price Canyon area.

Phoenix-based Freeport-McMoRan wants to add 350 new wells and replace roughly 100 existing wells in what's known as the Arroyo Grande Oil Field northeast of Pismo Beach.

The company estimates the project could create 50 to 60 new jobs over the life of the drilling operation. None of the new wells will involve hydraulic fracturing—or fracking.

Kaila Dettman - The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County

Public support is growing for a plan to set aside a large chunk of land in San Luis Obispo County as scenic open space. It's called the Pismo Preserve, 900 acres that encompass much of the land to the northeast of Pismo Beach and Highway 101.

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County says tens of thousands of dollars in matching funds have gone a long way to help reach the project's goal.

Randol White

Workers in San Luis Obispo County have the best job environments in the U.S., according to a new nationwide survey.

The annual Gallup Well-Being poll ranks SLO Co. number one in the workplace category. And the area's accolades don't stop there. The San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles area ranked in the top ten for overall well-being too, tied for No. 6 with Naples-Marco Island, Fla. and Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Santa Maria City Council is holding a special meeting Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at the Fairpark to consider plans for a federal immigration facility which has sparked outrage among many of the city's residents.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement—or ICE as the federal agency is called—wants to move its regional processing operations to a new facility in Santa Maria. The planning commission gave its approval for the location back in February in the midst of large community protests.

UCSB Athletics

The 19-year-old UCSB student found at the bottom of the Santa Barbara High School pool Monday morning died of an accidental drowning, according to a preliminary autopsy report.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Lt. Butch Arnoldi says the finding is pending toxicological results which usually take two weeks, and is a normal part of the investigation "when a young healthy person dies."

© 2010 Thirty Meter Telescope

A massive $1.4 billion telescope being built on top of Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano now has the support of the University of California system. Regents voted last week to assist with financing the project.

It's called the Thirty Meter Telescope, or TMT.

Lompoc is slated to house a DMV processing center for undocumented immigrant driving privilege applications later this year. The state will start issuing those cards in January 2015. A building on North H Street, which has been vacant for a very long time, will house the facility according to Mayor John Linn. 

The DMV location will serve as a regional center, taking applications from a broad geographic area, including San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. The specific building was chosen because if its substantial parking lot. 

A series of job fairs are coming to Santa Barbara County as local leaders work to improve the county's unemployment numbers.

The Santa Barbara County Workforce Investment Board and the California Employment Development Department will launch the effort this Thursday at Santa Barbara's Westside Community Center from 11a-3p.

A Lompoc job fair will be held on May 1 at the Veterans' Memorial Hall from 1-4p. The Santa Maria version is scheduled for June 12 at the Veterans' Memorial hall from 1-4p.

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An Atlas V rocket  is scheduled for a launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Thursday, April 3. The window for launch opens at 7:46 a.m.

The rocket's payload includes a satellite for the Air Force Defense Meteorological Satellite Program. It was built by Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. United Launch Alliance builds and flies the rocket.

Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander will be in charge of the launch decision.

National Weather Service

A weak spring storm is headed toward the Central Coast Tuesday night and it appears San Luis Obispo County is poised to see the most rainfall out of this one. The northern portion of Santa Barbara County could see some measurable precipitation too.

The National Weather Service predicts less than a half an inch of rain will accumulate through Wednesday night.

Clearing skies are likely on Thursday, but a stray shower is still possible.

UCSB Athletics

A 19-year-old UCSB student athlete and Santa Barbara High School graduate was declared dead at Cottage Hospital Monday morning after being pulled from the bottom of the high school's pool.

Police in Paso Robles want to let you know about a scam currently circulating in the city.

The set-up involves a crew who paints your house numbers on the curb in front of your residence and then says payment is necessary.

Lieutenant Timothy Murphy says none of these companies are affiliated with the city and you are not required to pay if the numbers were added without your prior approval.

Murphy also says don't be surprised if similar crews show up in other locations along the Central Coast.

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The music video that Lady Gaga shot at Hearst Castle was released on Saturday night during NBC's Dateline. The nearly 8 minute long piece features several shots of the castle, both pools, and it's surrounding Central Coast landscape. 

The pop star didn't only make that video while at the castle. She also created a water conservation video and a piece supporting the castle itself.

Lady Gaga's popularity can really go a long way in introducing a new generation to the California landmark, according to Remar Sutton with the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation.

Lauren Milbourne, Cuesta College

Hundreds of Latino high school students from throughout San Luis Obispo County visited Cuesta College Friday, and for many it was their first time ever on a college campus.

The day was part of the Educate Si Se Puede outreach conference to help motivate the teens toward education after high school.

In addition to motivational speakers and college-related information, the students were also treated to lunch and a bit of music.

The event was organized by the Latina Leadership Network and Cuesta College

Randol White

The inaugural Central Coast Craft Beer Week kicks off this weekend and continues through Sunday, March 30 with events throughout Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura Counties.

First up is Cambria Beer Company where owner and brewer Aaron Wharton says he's happy to be celebrating two years in business in addition to helping kick off the event.

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Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit the Central Coast on Friday and Saturday. He and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, met with teachers from the Santa Barbara Unified School District immediatly after landing at the Santa Barbara airport.

The Vice President is scheduled to attend a Democratic National Committee fundraising dinner in Montecito on Friday night. It's a gathering of just 25 people at $5000-a-plate, according to the Santa Barbara Independent.

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Management with California State Parks is trying something new this spring to help keep sand and dust generated by seasonally strong winds at the Oceano Dunes away from residents of the Nipomo Mesa.

Wind fencing is being added this week to a 15 acre area within the State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). It's a test aimed at reducing the speed of the particulates so they drop out of the air rior to reaching the mesa.

Randol White

City flags in Morro Bay were lowered to half staff Thursday in honor of former mayor Bill Yates, who passed away Wednesday night at the age of 66.

"It's a sad day at City Hall," said City Clerk Jamie Boucher. "He will be missed."

Yates served four terms as mayor for the San Luis Obispo County coastal city, starting his first two terms in 1992. He held the post again from 2002-04, and most recently from 2010-12.

Randol White

A new stretch of the Bob Jones City-to-the-Sea trail is nearing completion in San Luis Obispo.

This newest addition is a bridge over Prefumo Creek that now connects the section of trail running from the north at Prado Road to its southern end at Los Osos Valley Road. A concrete footing for the bridge is scheduled to be poured later this week.

San Luis Obispo is often called the 'happiest place to live' in the nation, and this week the city is making an effort to live up to that title.

Thursday March 20, the first day of spring, is the International Day of Happiness as designated by the United Nations.

Acts of Happiness walls are being assembled in 30 cities throughout the U.S., Canada and England, with San Luis Obispo among them.

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Coach Joe Callero and his Cal Poly Mustang basketball team are breaking—or tying—records at every turn during the postseason.

Wednesday evening's 81-69 win over Texas Southern University at the UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio keeps the streak alive.

Here's a look at just some of the records Cal Poly has set in the postseason:

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department is looking into a weekend hiking incident along Cold Spring Trail that killed one person and seriously injured another.

Investigators say 22-year-old Saylor Guilliams of Ventura is recovering from two broken ankles at a Santa Barbara area hospital. She was rescued by helicopter after being spotted by a group of hikers on Monday afternoon.

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The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday afternoon to move forward with beefing up the Paso Robles Water Management Plan.

Only Supervisor Debbie Arnold, part of whose district would be affected, voted against the plan. Arnold says she'd prefer to wait until more studies are complete.

Supervisor Frank Mecham, whose district is also affected, voted in favor saying he wants to be pro-active and doesn't want to "kick the can down the road anymore."

Santa Barbara County Parks

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to keep the rock revetments and parking lots in place at Goleta Beach Park.

The large chunks of rocks in question work to halt erosion into the parking lot and grassy areas. But local environmentalists, including the Santa Barbara Surfrider chapter, argue that studies show rock seawalls eventually work against sandy beaches, causing them to disappear.

It's now up to the California Coastal Commission to issue a permit for the park to keep everything as is.

Air quality control officials in both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties say strong winds are whipping up some unhealthy air over the Nipomo Mesa and Santa Maria areas.

Blowing sand and dust are the problem with the peak periods expected in the afternoon and evening. An Air Quality Watch is in effect through Wednesday morning for northern Santa Barbara County.

Saint Patrick's Day celebrations did not amount to much for the first half of the day Monday, according to Central Coast law enforcement agencies.

Lieutenant Bill Proll with the San Luis Obispo Police Department said finals at Cal Poly, and the fact that it's a Monday likely played into the downtown's calm atmosphere.

In recent years, San Luis Obispo police officers have seen a ramping up of student activity surrounding the Irish holiday.

Allan Hancock College

  Santa Maria's Allan Hancock College is one of just seven community colleges in California that are up for a $1 million prize, and the only one selected on the Central Coast.

The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence is handed out every two years with a finalist list of 150 schools chosen nationwide. Hancock was picked as a finalist for its success with institutional performance, improvement and equity on student retention and completion measures.

Hancock also showed high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

Cal Poly Athletics

The Cal Poly men's basketball team landed in Dayton, Ohio Monday afternoon, after taking an NCAA chartered flight out of Santa Maria.

Coach Joe Callero says the team is already hard at work, and that includes players who need to take their final exams. Cal Poly wraps up its winter quarter this week.

The Cal Poly men's basketball team is scheduled to play Texas Southern University during Wednesday's First Four game at the University of Dayton Arena (3:40 p.m. PST). If the Mustangs pull that off, then the team heads to St. Louis where they'd play Wichita State on Friday.

Calif. DMV

The California Department of Motor Vehicles computer system is back online, after a brief statewide shut down on Friday. It was actually the second consecutive day an outage occurred.

The glitch affected Central Coast offices in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Lompoc, Goleta and Santa Barbara.

The DMV's Jessica Gonzalez says the cause of the computer problem isn't yet know, but she said future problems aren't anticipated.

Gonzalez says the department's online services were not affected by the outage.

San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Department

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help in locating a missing person, and Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward  for information leading to Gonzalez being located.

66 year old Rafael Chavez Gonzalez was last seen on October 22, 2013 on the Nipomo Mesa. The Sheriff's Department says transient was often seen in the Oceano area.

He is described as 5’9”, 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He is missing his left arm from a previous accident.