People

  • Weekend Announcer

    Andy came to KCBX in February, 1981 as a volunteer jazz show host. Subsequently, he has filled a variety of staff and volunteer positions, including music director, producer, classical show host, jazz show sub, and board operator, while...

  • Host of Global Spin

    Andy Zink has been a fan of KCBX since the 80's when he was a student at UCSB and would tune in to hear the jazz and blues shows.  Andy says, "I feel incredibly fortunate to be an on-air host, and have the chance to share music with KCBX...

  • News Director

    Benjamin Purper came to KCBX in May of 2021 from California’s Inland Empire, where he spent three years as a reporter and Morning Edition host at KVCR in San Bernardino. Dozens of his stories have aired on KQED’s California Report, and his work...

  • Host of Evening Blues

    John "Big Daddy" Cain has loved the blues for most of his life, and has been doing blues on the radio since his college days at Cal Poly's student station, KCPR. He collects rare recordings, and seems to have an encyclopedic knowledge of the...

  • Substitute Music Host

    Blair Gillespie's love of country music goes back to visiting his grandparents in downtown San Luis Obispo and throwing some Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Oak Ridge Boys on the record player.

    He got his first AM radio after selling...

  • Announcer

    After a 14-year radio career that started in the late '70s and included several local commercial radio stations, Brad Kyle spent several years in business operations supporting the tech sector before he resumed his broadcast career when he...

  • Substitute Host

    Brian Lanzone can be heard guest hosting the occasional KCBX music program and also fills in as a local announcer during Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and other national programs.  

    Brian was born into a musical family and...

  • Host of Issues and Ideas

    Brian was born in Visalia, CA, and spent many years in the Central Valley before leaving for college at UC Berkeley. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from UCB, and two Master’s degrees (UCLA and CSU Chico…Library Science and Public Administration)....

  • Host of Rhythm Retrospective

    Carl Sonny Leyland was born & raised in the South of England. As a child he developed a love for various styles of vintage music that he heard on his father's LP records. At age 15 he discovered blues & boogie woogie  & began to...

  • Morning Edition Host, Reporter, and Issues & Ideas Producer

    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...

  • Host of KCBX In Concert

    Professor Craig Russell feels blessed to work with his many brilliant and wonderful students at Cal Poly—where he has taught since 1982.  Here on the Central Coast, Craig collaborates regularly with the San Luis Obispo Symphony and SLO Youth...

  • Host of Trotamundos

    I was extremely anxious and nervous getting onboard the school bus my first day of middle school, not looking forward to being in the midst of older kids I hardly knew. These feelings were heightened by the loud, AM radio blasting "Smoking in...

  • Host of Evening Blues

    “How can the angels get to sleep When the Devil leaves his porch light on?” — Unknown

    Dee-troit Deb has pondered that question ever since hearing it on an obscure radio program many years ago. Suspecting that the answer just might lie in...

  • Host of The Reluctant Therapist

    Elizabeth Barrett is a wife, mother, licensed marriage-family therapist, educator, eaves dropper, emotion worker, and mental health consultant. She uses all of these skills to address the subjects that we all struggle with in this conversation...

  • Host of KCBX In Concert

    Emma Levine grew up in Southern California and attended Cal Poly as a music major, where she studied piano with W. Terrence Spiller. Inspired by her amazing professors and their passion for teaching, Emma pursued her graduate degree in...

  • Host of "Playing with Food" on Issues & Ideas

    Fr. Ian Delinger currently serves as Rector at St Stephen's Episcopal Church in San Luis Obispo. He was born on the Central Coast, and was raised in both rural western Nebraska and on the Central Coast. He studied Chemistry at Truman State...

  • Announcer/Reporter/Host of Citizen Sound

    Francisco Martinez joined KCBX in January 2021 as a substitute announcer for on-air programming. You can hear him host regularly during KCBX midday programs, and also occasionally on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Francisco also...

  • Host of Jazz Liner Notes

    Fred Friedman has been a resident of the Central Coast since 1973.  He taught at Cal Poly in the College of Engineering for 25 years, retiring in 2001 as Professor Emeritus.  He now has an ideal retirement job, working part time at Boo Boo...

  • 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...

  • Host of Club McKenzie and Ideasphere

    Guy began his career in broadcasting as a field reporter for a commercial radio station in 1975, and was appointed to News Director four years later. During that time he volunteered at KCBX, and in 1982 he was hired as a part-time announcer....

  • KCBX Operations Manager and Local Host of All Things Considered

    Hank Hadley has worked as KCBX's Operations Manager since 1988.  For the first 9 years at KCBX, he was the local host of  NPR's Morning Edition, arriving at the station each weekday morning at 5:30.  Each morning when the alarm went off, a...

  • Host of Sunday Serenade

    A loyal, longtime supporter of KCBX, Ilona has been a classical music program producer/host for many years. She was born and raised in South Africa, where she worked extensively as a performer in Radio Theatre. She loves music, travel, learning...

  • Host of The Broken Spoke Folk Show & Sub Host of Morning Cup

    Janelle's favorite thing as a kid was listening to late-night Chicago radio on her little transistor. She first got into radio at age 16, when she hosted a program on her high school radio station, WHSD, in Hinsdale, Illinois. WXRT-FM, still an...

  • Reporter/Podcast Host

    As a kid I loved nature. In high school I had a biology field research career all planned out. But in my senior year, just looking for something to do, I joined the high school Radio and TV Club. By my last semester I got on the air doing a...

  • Host of The Universal Language
  • Host of Global Spin
  • Host of Ritmo y Sabor
  • Host of Pacific Standard Time

    John Walsh hosts Pacific Standard Time, the KCBX show that features music from the Great American Songbook. John is a guy with a lot of interests -- from computers...

  • Host of Central Coast Voices

    Kris Kington-Barker has worked in healthcare fields ranging from mental health to hospital administration over the past 30 years and has served as a volunteer and board member for many central coast non-profit organizations.   She owns and...

  • Host of Citizen Sound and Substitute Music Host

    Laura Joines started her love of radio as a kid listening late at night to stations far away from her home in North Carolina.  She has been a fan of KCBX since 1989 when she first moved to San Luis Obispo to teach architecture at Cal Poly. ...

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