Fred Munroe

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 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 almost 20 years ago.

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.  This series is now in its eighth season, having presented artists as diverse as Chad & Jeremy, Joe Craven, Blame Sally, Steve Gillette, Gilles Apap, The Waymores, and The Cache Valley Drifters.

Ways to Connect

Broadcast date: 9/11/2014

Climate change is threatening the health and well-being of our communities. Locally, increased temperatures are impacting our environment and the Central Coast is experiencing severe drought and reduced air quality. These changes to our environment have the potential to greatly impact our health.

Arts Education Advocacy

Aug 22, 2014

Broadcast date: 8/28/2014

Arts education has been disappearing from California’s schools for the past thirty years. Currently, only 11% of public schools meet the state goal for arts instruction. The group Arts Education Advocates believes education will prepare our students for the expectations of the twenty-first century workforce, which requires innovation, communication and collaboration.

Broadcast date: 8/14/2014

Broadcast date: 7/31/2014

Although many may think traditional libraries have outlived their purpose; these evolving institutions are seeing a resurgence as cornerstones of education, innovation, somewhere to access new technology, and a place to create community. Nowhere may this be truer than on the Central Coast where libraries are thriving. According to the California State Library, between 2010 and 2011 in San Luis Obispo County a total of 2,432,510 items were checked out.

Money and Politics

Jun 30, 2014

In a country with more than 300 million people, approximately 1% of “the 1%” contributed over a quarter of all disclosed political campaign contributions in the 2012 election cycle, according to the Sunlight Foundation. How is public policy impacted when such a small percentage of donors dominate our campaign finance system? As concerns about inequalities in political influence and government corruption grow, there are increasing calls to reform our system of campaign finance across the political spectrum.

On the Central Coast, citizens, agriculturalists, and local policy makers have long recognized the importance of agriculture to their communities, and understand that land use choices and decisions impact not only the owners of the land but also the lives of neighbors and the community at large. A history of interest in managing development and growth and in preserving the physical and social amenities of open spaces and rural areas has long been a high priority to policy makers, public officials, and citizens in San Luis Obispo County.

Alternative vehicles are becoming increasingly mainstream now that infrastructure improvements and lowered costs have made the benefits of improved fuel economy, increased energy security, and decreased environmental and health risks harder to dismiss.  In 2013 the Vehicle Technologies Market report found more than 500,000 hybrid vehicles were sold, and the sale of electric vehicles increased to more than 100,000 units sold. There are currently at least 24 different types of electric vehicles on sale or in production.

Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes. In the US, there are more than 2,267 watersheds. We all live in a watershed. Experts believe using a watershed approach will protect our water’s resources, and safeguard our communities from flood and drought. The ACTION report found in 2012 eight out of the 19 communities in San Luis Obispo County reported their water demand exceeded their supply, or their water delivery system had reached its capacity. How can these communities benefit by watershed restoration?

At last count, 2,186 homeless individuals were living in the County of San Luis Obispo. Although this number is only slightly up from 2011, more than 86% of SLO residents reported being either “very” or “somewhat” concerned about homelessness in their community in a 2013 survey by ACTION for Healthy Communities.

Last year San Luis Obispo County placed number one in the state of California for real estate fraud and number four nationally. This unusually high rate of real estate scamming points to a serious need for education to protect individuals from falling victim to these crimes. Learning how to prevent, avoid, and report potential real estate fraud activity may help to ensure that you do not become the next victim.

Who is a Maker? What is a Hacker? Why are collaborative workspaces popping up around the globe? Learn why Maker Spaces are the growing platform that will provide the basic hands-on technical training needed to produce goods in our current economy.  Host Fred Munroe is joined by guests Clint Slaughter, M.D., and CEO of SLO MakerSpace, along with Michael Bales and Steve Phillips, co-founders of Santa Barbara’s Hackerspace to explore the importance of these spaces as a place for creation, collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship.

For individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, finding effective services to provide support, information and guidance is often an important step towards maximizing their potential and becoming independent members of their community.  Host Fred Munroe will be joined by guests Joe Hoeflich and Eulalia Apolinar, program specialists with the Tri-Counties Regional Center to discuss the resources this program offers to our communities. 

No Place For Hate

Mar 7, 2014

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and its efforts are the focus of Central Coast Voices this week.  From working with parents and educators, addressing bullying in our schools; to hosting community forums on ethnic diversity in response to public acts of hate, the ADL keeps to its mission: “To secure justice and fair treatment for all people.”

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The public's perception of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members of our community is evolving, with issues such as the legalization of marriage rights for same-sex couples gaining ground.  

Drinking and binge drinking have become an enormous aspect of social culture at American universities and colleges, but this culture has evolved into a deadly trend where one student dies of alcohol poisoning every 44 hours in the United States. 

The United Way Mission

Jan 30, 2014

Many people have heard of the United Way and perhaps know that it holds a prominent place among our areas non-profit organizations, yet many of us wonder exactly what it is that they do. The answer to that question is that they have a wide range of programs that help people including youth leadership programs, free tax preparation, helping people become financially stable and improve health. There is more to this large organization and the help they provide to our communities then you may know. 

Central Coast Voices addresses the many ramifications of change and how today's choices will affect tomorrow's community. The show's topics and guests focus on raising public awareness through credible and valid information about local and regional concerns.

The Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA program, works to support children in the foster care system. CASA started a mentor program which serves the needs of youth who have aged-out of the system and are at high risk of failing in the transition to adulthood.

This week on Central Coast Voices, Fred Munroe will be talking with Sister Theresa Harpin, Director of Restorative Partners.  This is a program working to change our criminal justice system in how we work with inmates of prisons and juvenile hall.  Their approach includes working with everyone affected by crime including the families, victims, and the inmates with a goal of restoring them back to a healthy and functioning life when they return to our communities.

Central Coast Voices addresses the many ramifications of change and how today's choices will affect tomorrow's community.  The show's topics and guests focus on raising public awareness through credible and valid information about local and regional concerns.

This week Fred Munroe talks with Rick Robinett, Assistant Superintendent of the San Luis Coastal Unified School District. They discuss educational standards for the State of California in English/Language Arts and Mathematics, sometimes referred to as the Common Core. They define what students need to know and be able to do at the end of each grade level.

This week Fred Munroe talks with Senator Bill Monning and Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian about their perspectives on our communities, their work in Sacramento, as well as their interest in working together to achieve their goals. We’ll also hear about what changes they anticipate happening as they look to improve conditions as we come out of a recession

This week on Central Coast Voices, Fred Munroe will be talking with Joe Craven about music education and how it can help set a fire in our children’s creative spirit. Known to many of us as both the MC of KCBX’s annual Live Oak Music Festival and a truly gifted musician, Joe devotes a great deal of his time to igniting a passion for life through musical education. Craven is preparing to present a series of concerts at local schools, along with a public concert with Cal Poly Arts on October 25.

This week Fred Munroe will be talking with Sister Theresa Harpin, Director of Restorative Partners. This is a program working to change our criminal justice system in how we work with inmates of prisons and juvenile hall. Their approach includes working with everyone affected by crime including the families, the victims, and the inmates with a goal of restoring them back to a healthy and functioning life when they return to our communities.

This week on Central Coast Voices we talk with Ann McDowell from SLO County Public Health, Krista Hanni from Monterey County Health, and Paige Batson from Santa Barbara County Communicable Disease program. This week's discussion focuses on the results of a recent study about the leading causes of death here on the Central Coast. Accidents, disease, and bad habits are just some of the factors that are leading to our eventual demise.

This week on Central Coast Voices we will be talking with Cathy Orton and Summer Frappier from San Luis Obispo's CASA Organization. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates and they are the advocates for children in the welfare and foster system. They are launching a new mentoring program for 18-21 year olds to transition out of their system and into our communities as young adults.

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