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 podcast 99% 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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9:39am

Fri May 29, 2015
Arts & Culture

Join AIR (and Fantastic Negrito) for an indie radio block party in Oakland on June 6th

Fantastic Negrito
fantasticnegrito.com

The Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) is launching its new storytelling competition Finding America, and to celebrate, they’re throwing a big block party next Saturday, June 6th as part of the Megapolis Audio Festival.

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6:32am

Fri May 15, 2015
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible live: The attractive nuisance in your wallet

Roman Mars, 100% live

The May 15th edition of 99% Invisible was created live by Roman Mars at KALW.  It's about the most mis-used Social Security number in US history.

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2:46pm

Wed May 13, 2015
Arts & Culture

The Spiritual Edge: We want your feedback

A statue of Kwan Yin, the Buddhist goddess of compassion, at a streetcorner shrine in Oakland.
Thomas Walden Levy

The Spiritual Edge is a new reporting project from KALW that explores innovation in religious belief and practice in the Bay Area.  And as we plan the next stage of the project's development, we want your ideas and input.

By answering this brief survey, you'll discover the diverse stories that this project has already told, and help shape the future direction of The Spiritual Edge. Thank you!

9:47am

Tue May 12, 2015
KALW'S MAY CAMPAIGN

Let's wrap this up today! Grow KALW with a call now: 800-525-9917

Yes, these are the phones we take your call on

The phones may be old, but the radio is fresh!  And every call keeps KALW creative, independent, and non-commercial.

Ring a fellow listener at 800-525-9917 or click here to make your contribution to Local Public Radio's May campaign.

9:47am

Tue May 12, 2015
KALW'S MAY CAMPAIGN

Grow KALW with a call today: 800-525-9917

The phones may be old, but the radio is fresh!  And every call keeps KALW creative, independent, and non-commercial.

Ring a fellow listener at 800-525-9917 or click here to make your contribution to Local Public Radio's May campaign.

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