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Fred Munroe

Host of Central Coast Voices

Fred Munroe is a co-host of the KCBX talk show Central Coast Voices, heard every Thursday afternoon from 1:00-2:00. 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 in the event's early days.

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, having presented artists as diverse as Chad & Jeremy, Joe Craven, Blame Sally, Steve Gillette, Gilles Apap, The Waymores, and The Cache Valley Drifters.

  • Join host Fred Munroe, as he talks with his guests from Restorative Partners. They will share with us how their Restorative Justice programs are working to break the cycle of incarceration in ways having positive lasting effect on all sides of the criminal justice system, including the families of those incarcerated. We will also discuss, with Executive Director Sister Theresa Halpin, the ongoing success of The Bridge Café, the Central Coast’s first social enterprise restaurant endeavor.Listen to Central Coast Voices every Thursday live from 1-2pm on KCBX. And join the conversation by calling 805-781-3875 or email voices@kcbx.org.
  • Join Fred Munroe as he speaks with guests Jim Dantona, CEO and President of the San Luis Obispo(SLO) Chamber of Commerce, and Rachel Whalen, Workforce Development Coordinator with the SLOChamber. They will discuss how the SOAR (SLO Onboarding Assistance Resources) Program is designedto make it easier for employers to recruit and retain employees by taking a broader approach tocommunity connection and support.You are invited to listen, learn, and participate in the conversation today, Thursday, between 1-2 pm.Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 781-3875
  • Join Fred Munroe as he speaks with guests Skye McLennan, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF) Director, Cindy Kitagawa, Program and Festival Assistant and Central Coast filmmakers, Lee Kemp, Producer of Wrested Away, and Shane Stanger, Filmmaker of Good Bad Things. They will discuss filmmaking and share highlights of the upcoming festival year.Join us live Thursdays, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855.Broadcast date: 3/14/24Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with guests from the Food Empowerment Project, lauren Ornelas, Founder of Food Empowerment Project, Lee Gitter, Administrator and Programs Assistant, and Kennedy Little, Youth Advocacy Coordinator. They will discuss their work to raise awareness about how our food choices can change the world.You are invited to listen, learn, and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855.Broadcast date: 2/8/24Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with guests from the San Luis Obispo County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (SLONAACP), Tobin Johnson, President and Irv Hepner, Branch Legal Redress Chair, with the SLONAACP, as well as Isaac Garrett, Vice President with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara (MLKSB). Fred will also talk with MLKSB student poetry contest awardee, Evelyn Calkins. Together they will discuss the importance of the MLK holiday, and the mission of MLKSB to foster positive relationships between the many diverse groups of their community.You are invited to listen, learn, and participate in the conversation, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855. Broadcast date: 1/11/24Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join Fred Munroe as he speaks with guests from Transitions Mental Health Association (TMHA), Trista Ochoa, Behavioral Health Navigation Program Manager, Brooke Klever, Lead Behavioral Health Navigator, and Lauryn Mineta, Intern. They will discuss how they are working to address the crisis in mental health among teen girls by launching a series of support groups funded by a grant provided by The Women’s Legacy Fund through The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County.You are invited to listen, learn, and participate in the conversation today, Thursday, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855.Broadcast date: 12/14/2023Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join Fred Munroe as he speaks with guests from the Paso Robles Youth Arts Center, Ann Berry-Gallegos, Executive Director, Amanda Gonzalez, Lead Instructor, and Cynthia Chaillie-Marchant, Public Relations Consultant. They will discuss their efforts to expand their work providing children with the opportunity to participate in a variety of art programs, and enrich their lives through art, and in doing so allow students to find their voices and selves.You are invited to listen, learn, and participate in the conversation today, Thursday, between 1-2 p.m. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855.Broadcast date: 11/9/2023Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join Fred Munroe as he speaks with guests with the Paso Robles CAB (Cabernet and Bordeaux) Collective (PRCC), Linda Parker Sanpei, Executive Director Paso Robles CAB, and Caine Thompson, Managing Director, Robert Hall Winery. They will discuss the study that they recently released that outlines a plan for a sustainable future amid climate change for the wine industry.You are invited to listen, learn, and participate in the conversation today, Thursday, between 1-2 p.m. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855.Broadcast date: 11/2/23Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join Fred Munroe as he speaks with guests Jordan Chesnut, Programs Director, San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Arts Council, Allen Root, Board President, SLO County Arts Council, and Missy Reitner Cameron, Owner and Artist, The Bunker. They will discuss why the arts matter and the many opportunities to experience the arts and humanities this month on the Central Coast.You are invited to listen, learn, and participate in the conversation today, Thursday, between 1-2 p.m. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855. Broadcast date: 10/5/23Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.
  • Join Fred Munroe as he speaks with guests with the Central Coast Coalition for Inclusive Schools (CCC4IS), Chair, Doug J. Heumann, Esq., and Secretary, Leigh Livick. They will discuss the mission of CCC4IS to actively support the development of safe and affirming school communities and the work they are currently doing in the community to achieve their mission.You are invited to listen, learn, and participate in the conversation on Thursday, between 1-2 pm. Call in and be part of the discussion at (805) 549-8855.Broadcast date: 9/14/23Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.