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Carol Tangeman

Local Host of Morning Edition/Issues & Ideas Producer/Reporter

Carol started as a newsroom volunteer at KCBX in the summer of 2017, inspired by her daughter's internship with KCBX News. She joined the KCBX staff in January, 2018. Carol started her radio career at Cal Poly’s KCPR, then moved on to become the director of programming and a morning host at KKUS (US98). Her voice was heard on advertisements and on KSBY TV for many years as well.

Carol’s interest in music and radio started when she was young. She began playing guitar at age 8, and still has old cassettes where she is pretending to voice commercials for soap from around that same time period. She remembers setting her alarm for midnight to listen to San Francisco station KFRC, because their first female DJ was working overnights.

Carol is the local host for Morning Edition, produces news and feature stories for KCBX, and produces our radio magazine Issues & Ideas. She loves the NPR style of storytelling, and is grateful to have the opportunity to share stories of the Central Coast.

  • A high school activist in Santa Maria is making waves fighting for farmworkers' rights. Cesar Vasques speaks with KCBX’s Gabriela Fernandez. The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival begins on April 25th, and Correspondent Tom Wilmer chats with the Festival’s executive Director Skye McLennan. On Working Lunch, host Jim Dantona will be talking with Ken Trigueiro, CEO & President with People's Self-Help Housing.
  • As part of a senior project, a team of Cal Poly engineering students is working to build a new prosthetic for a fellow student. The Playing With Food team takes a look at backyard chickens. Cal Poly Arts Director Molly Clark talks about her mission to provide compelling performances that resonate with students and the community. From an episode of Agenda Breakdown from the KCBX Archive, we discuss the reasons behind the use of roundabouts on the Central Coast.
  • We start with a series on PTSD and homelessness from KCBX reporter Amanda Wernick. KCBX’s Kim Foster speaks with NPR's Nathan Rott about California’s changing environment. Sarah Aguilar, Director of Santa Barbara County Animal Services joins host Robin Coleman on Peace, Love & Pets.
  • New research has found that sea otters on the Central Coast are having a stabilizing effect on the ecosystem. On the Nonprofit Story, we'll take a look at SLO Village, which provides a community for people who are choosing to age in their own homes. On Working Lunch, we’ll hear from CEO Jennifer Adams of Lumina Alliance. Their work supports and empowers local survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. A new effort is underway to save some of the oldest and largest living things on the planet- Giant Sequoia trees- in a way that is cause for debate.
  • As ‘kitten season’ approaches, Peace Love & Pets host Robin Coleman focuses on volunteer kitten fostering and adoptions. Her guest is Damon Watkins of the Cal Poly Cat Program. The Nonprofit Story’s host Dr. Consuelo Meux chats with Jackie Kinsey, Outreach Coordinator for the SLO Library, and Karen Perry, Board President of Friends of the SLO Library. Their 45th annual book sale is upcoming. The Playing With Food Team met up with two Central Coast pasta makers: one commercial, and one in-house restaurant. They made some delicious discoveries!
  • Jim Dantona of the SLO Chamber of Commerce discusses the challenges facing small business owners on the Central Coast with Michael and Payden Hughes of Gymnazo. On the Nonprofit Story, host Dr. Consuelo Meux visits with Mary Qualls of The Monday Club- and learns about the history of their building and their charitable work. KCBX’s Tom Wilmer and Cal Poly journalism student Addie Uhl meet with award-winning author and poet, Joan Gelfand, to talk about her book ‘Outside Voices: a Memoir of the Berkeley Revolution’.
  • On this episode of Issues & Ideas, KCBX’s Kim Foster chats with the host of Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantum. Patrick Hanly, former federal prosecutor, joins KCBX’s Stu Soren for a conversation about the federal judicial system. Frank Kalman from the nonprofit organization ‘End Kids Cancer’ talks about helping others after his own daughter struggled with cancer. There’s a Lunar New Year celebration in San Luis Obispo on February 10.
  • KCBX correspondent Tom Wilmer explores Robert Oppenheimer's Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, and White Sands Manhattan Project sites. NPR’s Nell Greenfieldboyce chats with KCBX’s Brian Reynolds about her new book. The Playing With Food Team has learned how to cure local olives at home. KCBX’s Fred Friedman speaks with Patrice Rushen, Grammy nominated jazz and R & B musician and composer whose piece will be performed by the SLO Symphony at their upcoming concert.
  • On today’s Working Lunch, Jim Dantona of the SLO Chamber of Commerce and Courtney Pene of the SLO Airport discuss what’s happening, what’s new, and how the employees at the airport enjoy a family-friendly workplace. The city of Santa Barbara offers volunteer gardeners a chance to prune, rake and weed in the city parks, including in the famous rose garden at the mission. Contributor Beth Thornton shows us how. Local author Roger D. Rapoport speaks with KCBX’s Brian Reynolds about his new novel called Searching for Patty Hearst. Rapoport was one of the journalists who originally covered Hearst’s kidnapping. Robin Coleman of Peace, Love & Pets talks with Michelle Rizzi, Behavior & Training Manager at Woods Humane Society, and Cheryl Miller, owner and trainer at Springdale Pet Ranch. They offer tips for manners and enrichment.
  • The Morro Bay Bird Festival is January 11th through the 15th, 2024, and you’ll hear from the Executive Director Chris Cameron. Jennifer Ackerman, author of The Genius of Birds, The Bird Way, and What an Owl Knows will be appearing locally, and she helps us understand the complexity of the brains of birds. Finally, The Grape Nut, Betsey Nash, speaks with Libby Agran of the Wine History Project of SLO County.