Fred Munroe

Host of Central Coast Voices

Along with hosting Central Coast Voices, Fred Munroe can be heard guest-hosting other programs like the “Evening Blues”, “Basically Bluegrass” and “The Broken Spoke Folk Show”

Fred has successfully divided his time as a local entrepreneur, political leader, and communicator.  He owns and manages two local firms addressing personal travel planning and public transportation; Travel With Fred and Ridership Development Consultants.

Fred is a former City Council Member and Mayor of Grover Beach.  He has served on the San Luis Obispo County Council of Governments and the Coastal Rail Coordinating Council.  Fred currently serves on the Citizen’s Transportation Advisory Committee for SLOCOG and is a member of ACTION for Healthy Communities.

He also co-hosted a program on KJDJ with insights on travel and leisure pursuits.  His travel column “Let’s Get Outta Here!” appeared in newspapers and on the Internet for many years.

Fred has been writing and offering commentary since he first volunteered at KPFK in Los Angeles in 1972.  His involvement with KCBX began as a volunteer for the Live Oak Music Festival almost 20 years ago.

Fred and his wife Sharon, also produce and host an Americana music, house concert series known as Musica Del Rio; www.MusicaDelRio.org, in Atascadero.  This series is now in its eighth season, having presented artists as diverse as Chad & Jeremy, Joe Craven, Blame Sally, Steve Gillette, Gilles Apap, The Waymores, and The Cache Valley Drifters.

Ways to Connect

Broadcast date: 9/20/2018

The Central Coast Writer’s Conference has been helping new and established writers fulfill their dreams for more than 30 years. Considered one of the best writer’s conferences in the US, the goal of the conference is to make affordable, intimate and interactive workshops, teaching skill development in numerous writing genres and offer opportunities to build relationships with authors, editors and marketing professionals.  It is an essential destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers.

Broadcast date: 9/6/2018

The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") is observed around the world each year on September 21. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace. As defined by the United Nations, “A Culture of Peace” is a “set of values, attitudes, modes of behavior and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups and nations.”

Broadcast date: 8/23/18

The face of homelessness is not what was once pictured a decade ago. They can be your neighbor, friend, relative or coworker once a tragedy strikes. Homelessness affects a community in many ways and empowering fellow community members by assisting them get on their feet and become contributing members of society again is beneficial for everyone in the community.

Broadcast date: 8/9/18

The job market in SLO is challenging. Much of the workforce is ‘underemployed’ and the county was recently ranked the sixth most unaffordable place to live in the United States. While tech jobs in SLO have increased 20 percent in last five years according to California Center for Jobs and the Economy, due in large part to the bustling startup scene and larger tech firms moving into the area like Amazon, local tech firms have found it challenging to source local high-skilled workers.

Celebrating Nature

Jul 26, 2018

Broadcast date: 7/26/2018

The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is the Gem of the Morros, a one of a kind garden dedicated to honoring and preserving our connection with nature. The garden, which started in 1989, is home to a variety of plants and when the master plan is complete, the 150-acre garden will be the only garden of its kind in the United States exclusively devoted to the ecosystems and plants of the five Mediterranean climate regions of the world. 

Broadcast date: 7/12/2018

Established in 1990, The Central Coast Shakespeare Festival has been committed to providing professional, entertaining productions of Shakespeare's work, as well as other timeless and classical stories ever since. The Festival provides local artists the opportunity to work alongside visiting professionals and believes in the power of theatre to change lives-- Artists and Audience's alike. Part of their mission is nurturing future theatre going audiences by presenting live theatre in a beautiful outdoor setting, which adds to the rich and varied cultural community that the Central Coast already enjoys.

Broadcast date: 6/28/2018

A number of recent polls have shown that Americans believe tone and civility in politics are getting worse. The Institute for Civility in Government defines Civility as “claiming and caring for one’s identity, needs and beliefs without degrading someone else’s in the process.”  They argue that civility is more than just politeness, but it is the hard work of staying present even with those with whom we have deep-rooted and fierce disagreements. Civility is an important prerequisite for civic action.

Broadcast date: 6/14/2018

Poly Canyon Ventures  (PCV) is a San Luis Obispo-based non-profit that provides funding to Cal Poly student-run startups. It is composed of Cal Poly students and alumni who are passionate about helping startups grow and thrive on the California Central Coast. PCV is a strong proponent of socially and environmentally responsible business and investing practices, and its team works to expose these practices to Cal Poly students and the communities it interacts with.

Central Coast Voices

Jun 8, 2018

Broadcast date: 5/31/2018

In February, a U.S. Drought Monitor reported the majority of San Luis Obispo County was experiencing severe drought conditions. While March rain storms lifted parts of the county out of a severe drought, experts agree that all communities on the Central Coast need to be evaluating how they will make themselves more drought resilient. So what shape are our water resources in? And how can we make our County more drought resilient?

Broadcast date: 5/17/2018

Building a healthy community includes finding a place of belonging, building an identity and finding personal connections that become part of our story. The Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos has outgrown the house museum model and looked beyond to offer our community an unexpected place to find a personal connection. It provides a unique platform to understand life in California Rancho era and to appreciate and discover our connection with the stories of those who left their footprints on the land throughout time. The Dana Adobe and the 130 acres of preserved land engage the visitor in the sites ecological and cultural history and demonstrate how actions over time shape our future.

Broadcast date: 5/3/2018

Are you feeling stressed out by things in your life? Stress can have a variety of causes such as family problems, issues with employment, a hard time at school, financial difficulties, poor health, or even the death of a loved one. While some stress can be good for you, if stress becomes chronic it can result in anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure and even a weakened immune system. Stress has even been shown to contribute to health conditions such as depression, obesity and heart disease. Learning healthy ways to manage stress is vital for maintaining your overall health.

Broadcast date: 4/19/2018

Opera San Luis Obispo (OperaSLO) is the region's only professional opera company, and one of only four Grand Opera companies in the state. Productions boast full orchestras, choruses, ballet, and original, complete sets and costumes. They do this by collaborating with other non-profit organizations that share their vision of artistic excellence. Their diverse events range from elegant and intimate recital series to exciting educational experiences and spectacular grand opera and musical theatre productions.

Broadcast date: 3/15/2018

Just over a month ago, 17 innocent people, high school students and staff, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were gunned down and killed by a lone gunman, a former student at the school.  Dozens more were injured.

Broadcast date: 3/8/2018

SunWork Renewable Energy Projects is a small 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to help make solar more affordable and widespread with the help of trained volunteers. SunWork pushes to change the shape of our energy landscape, they do this by providing opportunities to individuals to make a meaningful impact on the environmental problems we face as a community. SunWork’s philosophy is to empower people to tackle renewable energy opportunities.

Broadcast date: 2/22/2018

The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF) is just around the corner! As a premiere 6-day annual event, the SLOIFF showcases contemporary and classic film screenings in a wide variety of venues. From cutting edge documentaries to tried and true cinema classics, the SLOIFF celebrates film on the ‘big screen’ by offering something for everyone.

Net Neutrality rules

Feb 8, 2018

In December, the FCC voted to roll back the 2015 Net Neutrality rules. What is Net Neutrality, and what does this mean for individuals and businesses? Join Fred Munroe and his guests, including Jeff Buckingham, President of Digital West Networks, Inc. They will discuss what motivated the repeal, and what is being done to help preserve a free and open internet.

Broadcast date: 2/8/2018

In December the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to roll back the 2015 net neutrality rules. This, despite the 5.09 million comments made, of which 99.3% were about net neutrality to the FCC. What is net neutrality? Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites. So, what happens next, and if net neutrality is ending, what does this mean for individuals and businesses?

Broadcast date: 1/25/2018

Broadcast date: 1/11/2018

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. Most experts would agree that the ACA has increased the availability of health insurance to the American people, as well as their access to care. When President Obama took office in 2009, more than 50 million Americans were uninsured, or nearly 17 percent of the population. Since the implementation of the ACA, the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show the nation’s uninsured rate has dropped to 8.8 percent.

Broadcast date: 1/4/2018

Last year’s the Women’s March on January 21, 2017 brought 5,000,000 to the streets worldwide in response to the newly elected president and his administration. This moment, quickly turned into an important worldwide movement, focusing on human rights and social and environmental justice issues. Now, to mark the anniversary of the historic inaugural march and celebrate the continued work and resistance, a second powerful event is set for January.

Broadcast date: 12/21/2017

Domestic violence happens everywhere, including right here on the Central Coast. It does not know any boundaries of age, race, religion, or even socioeconomic status. Approximately 40% of California women experience physical intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Last year, 1700 people in San Luis Obispo County sought relief from domestic violence. 

To prevent domestic violence, it takes a community. Today, Stand Strong, formerly known as the Women’s Shelter of San Luis Obispo County, is calling on all community members to come together and support one another with dignity, respect and compassion to prevent violence.

Broadcast date: 12/7/2017

As countless allegations of sexual harassment continue to send shockwaves throughout the United States, leaving few industries untouched, and everyday more #metoo stories are shared, it is becoming impossible to deny that women face discrimination in America. Yet, gender based discrimination is much more than sexual harassment in the workplace--reaching far beyond these stories, affecting many other areas of women’s lives and can have profound impacts on a women’s quality of life, her family, and the health of the community.

Broadcast date: 11/9/2017

Have you felt discriminated against in the workplace? In health care? What about interactions with law enforcement?  This week we will continue our coverage of the release of a large national poll by NPR in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health which asks people about their personal experiences with discrimination. We will be joining with other NPR member stations for the series called "You, Me and Them: Experiencing Discrimination in America."

Broadcast date: 10/26/2017

This week we will be joining with other NPR member stations as part of a series called "You, Me and Them: Experiencing Discrimination in America." The program will be rooted in a large national poll by NPR in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. This unique survey of more than 3,400 respondents asked people about their personal experiences with discrimination across a range of areas of life. Central Coast Voices will be joining the conversation with a local perspective, both examining the state of discrimination in America and discussing issues and attitudes closer to home.

Broadcast date: 9/28/2017

Valley fever is on the rise in the southwestern United States. Also called coccidioidomycosis, it is a potentially fatal lung infection caused by a fungus found in the soil. The CDC finds about 10,000 U.S. cases have been reported each year, mostly from Arizona and California. Many members of the public and even the medical community are not familiar with this serious illness, and the lack of knowledge can delay diagnosis and treatment. Further complicating matters, the disease can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms are often similar to those of other illnesses.  That’s why knowing about Valley Fever is one of the most important ways to avoid delays in diagnosis and treatment.

Broadcast date: 9/14/2017

Many experts believe the increased legalization of marijuana in the U.S. has contributed to the growing belief that marijuana is harmless among youth. With this misperception, youth are using the drug at  increased rates. For example, the 2016 VITAL SIGNS reports shows a major increase in marijuana consumption among San Luis Obispo County teens. It reported forty-one percent of eleventh graders used marijuana in the past 30 days, compared to just 26% in 2013. A 15% increase. Why is this such a concern? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that unlike adults, the teen brain is actively developing and often will not be fully developed until the mid 20s. Marijuana use during this period may harm the developing teen brain. Research shows that marijuana use can have permanent effects on brain function of the developing brain when use begins in adolescence, especially with regular or heavy use.

Broadcast date: 8/31/17

While Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical depression, the catastrophic aftermath continues along the Gulf Coast, as heavy rain continues to move through the region, and warnings of potential flooding remain. Thousands of people have been forced to abandon their homes, leaving everything they own behind. It is anticipated that many more families will be impacted as rain continues to fall and flooding persists. As always, The American Red Cross has been there to help, and continues massive relief efforts, working day and night to get help to where it is needed most. 

Broadcast date: 8/17/2017

"Inspirational, fun, team building, challenging, rewarding, instructional, teaching tolerance, love of fine music," is how it has been described. The Central Coast Children's Choir provides over 100 children in San Luis Obispo County with the extraordinary opportunity of experiencing the joy of singing in live choral performances while receiving a high-quality music education.

Closer to Home

Aug 2, 2017

Broadcast date: 8/3/17

In 2016 San Luis Obispo County completed a $20 million expansion of its Juvenile Hall, increasing it from 18,000 to 42,000 square feet and from 45 to 65 beds. The project was many years in the making. The expansion project allowed the facility to expand the amount and quality of its services, such as implementing the new custody commitment camp program named, The Coastal Valley Academy (CVA), which is for 14-17 year old male and female youth who are moderate to high risk and in need of residential treatment. 

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