Matt Martin

General Manager

Matt Martin grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, where he listened to Bob Edwards on Morning Edition while walking his newspaper route.

After earning a Master’s Degree in U.S. History at the University of Minnesota, Matt came to the Bay Area in 1997. He got his start in radio at KPFA in Berkeley, where he participated in the station’s news training program and went on to report, produce, and serve as a programming coordinator for the station, as well as getting arrested during the 1999 Pacifica lockout. 

In November of 2001, Matt came to KALW as a producer for Working Assets Radio – the program now known as Your Call.  In five years with the show, Matt worked with a great group of hosts, including Laura Flanders, Farai Chideya, and Rebecca Roberts.  In 2006, Matt took the reins as General Manager from his mentor Nicole Sawaya, and continued her emphasis on the development of high-quality, innovative local programming, in tandem with the best from global public broadcasters.

“Public radio has played an important role in my life – as a source of information and community, a place where I’ve discovered ideas and music, and am regularly reminded of the things in life that matter.  I want to make sure this resource keeps evolving to serve future generations of listeners.  And I can’t imagine a better place to tap its potential for crossing boundaries and opening minds than right here in the San Francisco Bay Area.”

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12:11pm

Thu July 31, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 7.31.14 Duplitecture + Life-Changing Reads

99% Invisible: "Duplitecture"  The best knock-offs in the world are in China. There are plenty of fake designer handbags and Rolexes but China’s knock-offs go way beyond fashion. There are knock-off Apple stores that look so much like the real thing, some employees believe they are working in real Apple stores.  And then there are entire knock-off cities.

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7:44am

Thu July 31, 2014
BROADCAST INTERRUPTION

Why we were off the air briefly at noon

Due to major electrical work at Burton High School, where our studios are located – KALW was off the air from noon to just before 1 o'clock. 

Thanks for bearing with us -- and Binah will be back next week!

11:29am

Mon July 28, 2014
Arts & Culture

Raquel Bitton, fresh from the Fes Festival, on Africamix

Amadou & Mariam at the Fes Festival 2014

The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in Morocco explores the vast repertoire of music and rhythms created across the globe since the dawn of time. 

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6:38am

Fri July 18, 2014
Arts & Culture

Mimi Pond, Nat Faxon, and Werner Herzog . . . Bullseye

Mimi Pond was an art school dropout in 1970s Oakland, and she was trying to figure out what to be. She walked into a diner and asked for a job application. Instead of a resume, the manager asked her to tell him a joke. She got the job.

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6:17am

Fri July 18, 2014
Arts & Culture

Spinal Tap & Morrissey's new record on Sound Opinions

Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel

This year marks the 30th anniversary of This is Spinal Tap. Its director and one of its stars, Rob Reiner, joins Jim Derogatis and Greg Kot on Sound Opinions this week to talk all things Spinal Tap. Then Jim and Greg review the new album from the wonderfully moody Morrissey.  Sunday at 2pm.

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