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...

  • Reporter

    Angel Russell started her career in journalism as a reporter and producer for KREX on Colorado's Western Slope; she later moved to the Central Coast to work for KSBY as weekend anchor and weekday reporter. She holds a BA in journalism with a...

  • 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...

  • Substitute Host

    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...

  • 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...

  • Office Manager

    Claire Flaherty is the Office Manager at KCBX. She has been an avid Public Radio listener for many years. Prior to her employment at KCBX, Claire worked in publishing, most recently at Tolosa Press in San Luis Obispo.

    Claire moved to the...

  • Operations assistant

    Dan grew up in Detroit during Motown’s heyday, played keyboards in bands with friends, and snuck off to see live music at the Grande Ballroom whenever he could. He was thrown out of Baker’s Keyboard Lounge on several occasions for being...

  • Substitute host

    Francisco Martinez joined KCBX in January 2021 as a substitute host for on-air programming. He will graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in June 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in journalism and a minor in history.

    Francisco's radio...

  • KCBX General Manager

    Frank Lanzone has been involved in public radio for all of his adult (and not so adult) life.  Frank has been President & General Manager of Public Radio KCBX since 1980. Before that he was manager of Public Radio KCSM serving the San...

  • Development Director

    Greg has been with KCBX since 2009 when he was first hired to manage KCBXnet, the Internet and computer-training arm of KCBX, Inc. He became the development director in January of 2017, which means he works on fundraising, event organizing and...

  • 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 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...

  • News Manager

    Lauren Walike joined KCBX as its news manager in February 2021. In addition to her KCBX work, Lauren also serves as news director for KCPR-FM, Cal Poly’s student-run radio station, and digital director of Mustang Media Group, Cal Poly’s student...

  • Director of Programming and Content/Host of The Road Home/Contributor KCBX News and Issues & Ideas

    Marisa Waddell has had a life-long love affair with public radio. Her mom tells her that she was listening to Chicago's WFMT in the womb.  As a child she listened to KPFK and KCRW in Los Angeles and then KCBX from about the 6th grade on. ...

  • Senior Account Executive
  • KCBX Music Director, Host of Morning Cup and Night Train

    Neal started his radio career at Cal Poly SLO's KCPR in 1989. He started volunteering at KCBX in 1993, spinning discs every Saturday night on the Night Train, a show he still does today. In 1997 he joined the full-time staff of KCBX as the...

  • Midday Host/Reporter

    Rachel Showalter first joined KCBX as an intern from Cal Poly in 2017. During her time in college, she anchored and reported for Mustang News at Cal Poly's radio station, KCPR. She went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast...