Matt Martin

General Manager

Matt Martin became KALW’s general manager in 2006.  Under his leadership, KALW has grown into one of the most productive and innovative stations in public radio.  Programs launched at KALW during Matt’s tenure as GM include the award-winning local newsmagazine Crosscurrentsthe design podcast99% Invisible, and the Spanish-language narrative journalism program Radio Ambulante.  He helped create the station’s Audio Academy, a year-long program aimed at developing new talents in public radio, and led the first broad-based strategic planning process in the station’s history.

Matt 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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8:49am

Fri November 21, 2014
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: O-U-I-J-A

An early Ouija board

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:

The Ouija board is so simple and iconic that it looks like it comes from another time, or maybe another realm. The game is not as ancient as it was designed to look, but those two arched rows of letters have been spooking people for over 125 years.  To understand where Ouija boards (generically called “talking boards”) come from, you have to go back to middle of the 1800s, to three sisters in New York.

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6:17pm

Tue November 18, 2014
11/18/14 MANAGER'S REPORT

Hear the Manager's Report to the Listeners

On Tuesday, November 18th, KALW General Manager Matt Martin went on the air for his quarterly Report to the Listeners, giving updates on station programming and taking listener calls and e-mails. 

If you missed the broadcast, you can still send Matt your questions or comments at matt@kalw.org.

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6:17pm

Tue November 18, 2014
11/18/14 MANAGER'S REPORT

Hear the Manager's Report to the Listeners

On Tuesday, November 18th, KALW General Manager Matt Martin went on the air for his quarterly Report to the Listeners, giving updates on station programming and taking listener calls and e-mails. 

If you missed the broadcast, you can still send Matt your questions or comments at matt@kalw.org.

1:18pm

Fri November 14, 2014
KALW SCHEDULE

Morning time changes: Jim Hightower, Sandip Roy & 99% Invisible

Jim Hightower

NPR is making some changes to the Morning Edition broadcast clock that mean you'll be hearing some of KALW's morning features at new times.

Starting Monday, November 17th, Jim Hightower's commentaries will air at 7:31am.  And 99% Invisible and Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata, which now air at 7:35am, will be heard at 7:45am.

11:39am

Fri November 14, 2014
MEDIA

Troy Williams' speech at the SPJ of Northern California 2014 awards ceremony

Troy Williams

San Quentin Prison Report Founding Director Troy Williams speaks at the  "Excellence in Journalism" awards ceremony of the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California.   The SQPR was given the award for Community Journalism (Radio/Audio).  The ceremony took place just two weeks after Troy Williams was released from San Quentin, after serving an 18-year sentence.

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