- If you need to search the Monterey
Peninsula, but don't know where to start, head straight to Coast
Click, the local search site.
are a few local guides with that special homegrown feel
Life & Times
is a pleasant little hang-out for
locals and tourists alike. It's a great place to learn about local
history, culture, business and more. Mr. Toy feels it captures the
spirit of the community better than any other site he's seen.
is an attractive, easy to navigate,
general purpose guide to Carmel with special emphasis on the arts.
contains everything you could
possibly want to know about the people and things in Pacific Grove
Banker - Nancy McCullough.
A well detailed guidebook with an emphasis on local lifestyle and real
estate. Her staff of raccoons will help you find your way around.
in Big Sur is an excellent guide to that area,
written by someone who really knows his way around.
people read the local periodicals
Monterey County Herald
A fresh copy shows up on our porch every morning and keeps us one step
ahead of the clueless masses.
Carmel Pine Cone
Carmel's hometown weekly provides a distinctly human touch to the news
and it doesn't cost a dime. A popular feature is the detailed
A free left-leaning alternative paper that also features a
comprehensive entertainment guide
- Carmel Magazine
Though slick, glossy and loaded with ads for things you can't afford,
it provides down-to-earth insights into local culture. Pick it up for
free almost everywhere newsper boxes are found.
- Foolish Times
A locally generated humor tabloid.
Almost as fun as sand in your shoes!
you prefer to watch TV
the NBC "salad bowl" station has a terrific
site for news, weather and all that stuff.
- These two stations are under the same ownership.
They share a common news department, anchors, weatherman, etc.
- KION 46
has it's CBS "eye on the central coast" (I-ON, get it?)
- KCBA 35
is the local Fox affiliate
surfers can catch the best radio waves on these frequencies
- KUSP - 88.9 FM
Public Radio based in Santa Cruz provides the best nightly jazz
offerings. They also do folk and ethnic stuff, along with NPR. It is
Mr. Toy's second favorite radio station.
- KAZU - 90.3 FM
If non-stop NPR is your thing, this is the place for you. It's run by
the university people at CSUMB.
- KSPB - 91.9 FM
is run by the Robert Louis Stevenson high school. Listen to the BBC or
whatever music the students decide to put on
- KWAV - 97 FM
for light rock and syrupy pop.
- KRML -102.1 FM & 1410 AM
KRML in Carmel was portrayed as a
jazz station in the 1971 Clint Eastwod movie Play
Misty For Me, though at the time the station actually had an
easy listening format. It then adopted a Christian format for a few
years. In the early 1980s it began a three-decade run as a real jazz
station. Since 2012 it has presented an eclectic mix of alternative
rock, blues, and the good stuff from earlier generations. While we miss
having a full-time jazz station on The Peninsula, the current offerings
still make KRML very much worth tuning in.
- KPIG - 107oink5
Mr. Toy's favorite station. The Pig is
one of the highest rated stations in the Monterey Bay area, and rightly
so. Appropriately located in the town of Freedom, KPIG is the perfect
antidote to cookie-cutter corporate pop offerings. During most of the
day actual DJs occupy the sty presenting a cool and unusual mixture of
country, folk, blues, and classic rock, with a little comedy thrown in.
They often play lesser known artists, and throw in a few fake
commercials here and there. Alas, they have gone automated during the
night, but the computers still play the same great stuff.
This is a technical site for those of you with radio scanners. It lists
the radio frequencies for the local police and fire departments,
ambulance services, airports and other things.
- Mr. Toy's
recommends these local services provided by his good friends.
- Are you planning a wedding or other special
event? You need professional help. No, not that kind, but a
professional wedding planner like Sarah at Sarah
Ward Events. She can keep all those details from
getting out of control so you won't need that other kind of
professional help. Mr. Toy worked with Sarah for three years and he
admires her ability to stay cool under pressure. When it comes to event
coordinators, there is none better than Sarah.
- If you need a competent videographer to record
your wedding or other special event, run, don't walk, to Wendy at Reflections
- Mr. Toy has worked with many DJs over the years.
Jim & Cecilia at Sight N Sound are
by far the best in this town. They are friendly, the know how to make
your party fun, and most important of all, they are reliable!
- There's nothing better than a harpist to add
class to your wedding or social event. And there's no classier harpist
- Mr. Toy's friend and neighbor Felix has a BIG
site for his public relations business.
Toy's has many more links scattered throughout the site for your
amusement. So go back to the Toy Box
and hunt through the many fun filled sections:
And here's a few of Mr. Toy's
favorite sites in other parts of the world.
(Even he needs to get away once in a while).