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

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 will be talking 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 topic will be learning about the results of a recent study on 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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