Frank Lanzone

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 Francisco Bay Area. For several years he instructed TV and radio operation and production classes on the faculty of the Telecommunications Department at the College of San Mateo before moving to California's Central Coast.

Frank was a founding board member and President of SLONET Regional Information Access, one of the nation's first community access networks. SLONET became a subsidiary of KCBX and is now known as KCBXnet. It provides computer related classes, for novices and advanced users. KCBXnet is also an Internet Service Provider. KCBX and KCBXnet are media partners housed under the same roof.

Frank was a co-founder of the Live Oak Music Festival in 1988. The festival is a major revenue generator for KCBX, but just as important is the community and family nature of the event.

Frank is currently the President of California Public Radio, an organization that represents the interests of most public radio stations throughout the State. Frank represents other California stations with NPR, the FCC, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and other organizations that affect what we provide to our communities.

Frank has two grown children. Brian, his wife Emily and their kids Kieran and Keely live and work in the San Luis Obispo area. Son Paul and his husband Michael live and work in Washington, DC.

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Cuesta College

Dr. Frank R. Martinez died earlier this week. He was 98 years old.

He served as the second president of Cuesta College from 1977 to 1988. Earlier, he hired Cuesta’s very first faculty and staff during his term as vice president.

He was a vocal KCBX cheerleader who became a member of our Advisory Council, and later chair of the Council, a position he held for many years.

Dear KCBX listener,

We’ve been watching interactions between NPR journalists and Secretary of state Mike Pompeo. Pompeo was upset with tough questions from NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly, and challenged her journalistic integrity. We believe Kelly’s questions are exactly why you rely on NPR and KCBX for news and information that holds those in power accountable.