Tom Wilmer

Host of Audiolog and Issues & Ideas

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
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
Credit Wine Coast Country Facebook Page

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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Travel
12:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Exploring Pinnacles National Park

Correspondent Tom Wilmer takes us to our nation's newest national park, right here on the Central Coast—The Pinnacles.  Tom explores the western part of the park, near Soledad, with Ranger Lupe Zaragoza.

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Lifestyle
12:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Ziplining in Kauai

Travel correspondent Tom Wilmer takes us on a trip to the island of Kauai for a Zipline adventure in the mountains above Poipu on the South Shore. Then he saddles up for trail ride along the seashore.

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Horse Training, Love's Jazz and Art Center
12:00 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Issues & Ideas: air date 01-22-2014

Local author Gary Williams has a new book out that recounts his adventures as a horse and dog trainer, and contract cowboy. Marisa Waddell talks with him about the valuable lessons he's learned along the way.

Also, Travel Correspondent Tom Wilmer takes us to the north side of Omaha, Nebraska, a hub of American jazz and blues since the 1920s, where he visits Love's Jazz and Art Center.

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Birthplace of Country Music Museum
12:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Issues & Ideas: air date 01-08-2014

Travel correspondent, Tom Wilmer visits a new museum scheduled to open this summer. He talks with Dr. Jessica Turner, Director and Chief Curator at the new Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Tennessee. The museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, dedicated to telling the story of the musical and cultural heritage of the region, its role in the birth and development of country music, and its influence on music around the world.

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Laetitia Winery, Polar Express
12:00 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Issues & Ideas: air date 12-11-2013

  • Correspondent, Tom Wilmer explores the history of Laetitia Winery, celebrating its 30th anniversary.  Laetitia was started as Maison Deutz, by a champagne house from France. Today the winery continues the French tradition of methode champenoise, plus has become a premier pinot noir producer in California.
  • Then Tom takes us on a Christmas train trip around the country, riding the Polar Express through the Verde Canyon, Grand Canyon, and Branson Scenic Railways.
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Morro Bay in Bloom, Elfin Forrest
12:00 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Issues & Ideas: air date 12-04-2013

  • Correspondent, Tom Wilmer visits with Walter Heath about the Morro Bay In Bloom volunteer project. The program is founded on the concept that a small group of people applying 2 hours of effort every week can make a positive difference in their community. Morro Bay in Bloom is undertaking civic beautification projects and completing them in several two-hour sessions.
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