Tom Wilmer

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Lowell Thomas Award-winning broadcaster, writer and author, Tom Wilmer, has been a KCBX travel correspondent since 1989. Wilmer files regularly scheduled on-air reports from around the Central Coast, across America, and overseas. Specializing in culture, history, architecture, food and wine, Wilmer also hosts a weekly NPR.ORG Podcast—“Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer”, and produces weekly content for the KRML fm/am (Carmel CA) digital media Travel Channel.  

Tom's writings and photography have appeared in numerous North American lifestyle magazines and more than 40 newspapers (Knight Ridder Wire Service), as well as London based Prestige Magazine. Additionally, his photography has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including a recent spread in the upscale Italian based Luxury Files. Three of his photographs are featured in the 2009 Inyo County Visitors Guidebook.

Wilmer was a Travel Columnist for Central Coast Magazine in California from its inception through 2008, and Travel Editor at Las Vegas Magazine (1998 – 2003).

He is also author of the travel book, Romancing the Coast—Romantic Inns and Resorts Along the California Coast, and California Coast Getaways (2006 Riverwood Books—available on Amazon), and California Coast Getaways (1994). Wilmer was also a contributing writer for Caribbean guidebook author Kay Showker.

www.thomascwilmer.com

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Lifestyle
2:25 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Pacific Grove's inns invite in the public during the holidays

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Travel Correspondent, Tom Wilmer, takes us to Pacific Grove to visit the Victorian inns open to the public this season.

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Lifestyle
11:12 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Solvang: Time Magazine’s “Most Christmassy Town”

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Founded as a Danish colony more than 100 years ago, Solvang has been a popular year round destination for tourists who come to experience a taste of Denmark right here on the California Central Coast. 

When the Marissa Waddell, the program manager at NPR affiliate, KCBX, told me that Solvang was recently named by Time Magazine as one America’s Most Christmassy towns, well I just had to find out for myself just why this quaint Danish village is in close company with other Most Christmassy contenders such as Santa Claus, Indiana, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. 

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Lifestyle
1:23 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

What it takes to grow those cranberries your serving this Thanksgiving

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Listen to Tom's story here.

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Lifestyle
2:45 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

WWII Veteran 'Honor Flights' to Washington D.C.

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Honor Flight’s primary mission is to escort WWII veterans from around the country to visit the iconic war memorials in Washington D.C. The first Honor Flight occurred in May, 2005 when a group of private pilots, at their own expense, flew a handful of Vets to Washington D.C. 

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Lifestyle
4:42 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Exploring Northeast Nebraska

Join Deb Loseke, Director of the Columbus Nebraska Platte County Convention & Visitors Bureau as she shares her insights in to why Columbus’s economic vitality is leading the pack in the Midwest, and we’ll chat with Kim Bean COO of Columbus based Tasty Toppings, manufacturers of the Midwest’s longtime favorite and revered Dorothy Lynch French salad dressing. The Genoa, Nebraska U.S. Industrial Indian School opened in 1884 and operated continuously, until the midst of the Great Depression.

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Lifestyle
4:38 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Ed Grosvenor on the demise of federally funded history projects

Edwin Grosvenor, the editor of the revered history magazine, American Heritage.  Grosvenor comes by his interest in history naturally – his family founded National Geographic 126 years ago, and ran it for most of the years since. It was Grosvenor’s grandfather Gilbert who explored Yosemite with John Muir and Stephen Mather and subsequently played a key role in establishing the National Park Service almost 100 years ago.

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Lifestyle
3:35 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

The locally made foods featured during Sunset Savor the Central Coast

Broadcast date: 9/3/14

KCBX Travel Correspondent Tom Wilmer interviews the local chefs behind the artisanal foods to be showcased during this year’s Sunset's Savor the Central Coast.  Learn their secrets for turning fresh, local ingredients into food specialties worthy of this signature California event.

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Environment
2:34 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Stewardship Travel

Morro Bay Harbor
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Travel Correspondent Tom Wilmer explores the world of ecotourism with a local company that encourages appreciation for places, culture, and adventure, but goes one step further by also providing clear opportunities to participate in regional conservation and preservation.

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Environment
1:45 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Badges, Bears and Eagles

Travel Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with author Steve Callan, whose new book Badges, Bears and Eagles recounts his longtime career as a California State Fish and Game warden.  Tom also chats with Ryan Hansen, a young game warden out of Morro Bay who is inspired by Callan in his own career locally.

Travel
4:24 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Adventures Cross Country

Travel correspondent Tom Wilmer explores the programs of Adventures Cross-Country, which provides high school students with community service opportunities combined with learning and adventure travel programs to destinations in America and around the world.

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Travel
3:51 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Railtown Historic Park

Travel correspondent Tom Wilmer takes us to Railtown State Historic Park in Tuolumne County -- home to one of America's last operational railroad roundhouses, plus steam engines, diesel electrics, and scenic railway journeys through the Sierra foothills.

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Travel
2:54 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Exploring Sonora and Tuolumne County

Travel Correspondent Tom Wilmer takes us on an exploration of Sonora and the surrounding area in Tuolomne County, with its rich history from the Gold Rush era and proximity to Yosemite.

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People and Entertainment
11:31 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

A visit to Steinbeck’s East of Eden Ranch & the Steinbeck Festival

Travel Correspondent Tom Wilmer talks with Steinbeck expert Dr. Susan Shillinglaw about the 75th anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath, and the first public tour of the old Steinbeck family ranch near King City.

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Environment
1:24 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Arbor Day, born in Nebraska

National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April.  Travel correspondent Tom Wilmer takes us to the home of the Arbor Day Foundation in Nebraska City to learn about this annual celebration of trees, which was born in Nebraska back in the 1870s

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People and Entertainment
4:07 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Country Musician Ken McMeans

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with country music talent agent Ken McMeans, who's going against the grain to run his country music agency from Morro Bay, instead of Nashville or Los Angeles.

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