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.”



Fri August 29, 2014
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: The Xanadu Effect

Bruegel's "Tower of Babel"

What happens when we build big?  For people who distrust the big project, Edward Tenner’s 2001 essay   "The Xanadu Effect"is some comfort. Tenner, a visiting scholar at Princeton University, ponders the ways in which obsession with bigness can presage hard times for a business or even a nation.

99% Invisible.  Friday at 7:30 am & 4:45pm.  Saturday at 8:35am.

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Thu August 28, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 8.28.14 Strange Fruit + "Thomassons"

Gary Thomasson

This week on KALW's showcase for the best in public radio podcasts . . .Radio Diaries: Strange Fruit - Voices of a Lynching” Poet and songwriter Abel Meeropol wrote “Strange Fruit” after seeing a photograph of two black teenagers hanging from a tree.  Decades later, a box of recordings was found in a basement containing the recollections of people who witnessed or took part in the events of that day.

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Tue August 26, 2014

Listen to the latest Manager's Report

On the latest Manager's Report to the Listeners, KALW General Manager Matt Martin talks about some big news at KALW:  After 14 years at the station, News Director Holly Kernan is going to be leaving KALW.  Matt shares his thoughts about Holly's departure, and his appreciation for the visionary work she has done creating and growing Crosscurrents and KALW News.  He also responds to listener e-mails about coverage of Gaza, the station's new fundraising partnership with My Broker Donates, and the pilots of the new music show Liner Notes.

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Mon August 25, 2014

Producer Position Open at KALW's Your Call


Producer for Your Call on 91.7 KALW-FM, San Francisco.


Your Call is a listener participation program broadcast weekdays from 10-11am on KALW-FM public radio in San Francisco, KUSP/Central Coast Public Radio, and streaming live on the internet. 

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Fri August 22, 2014
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: Walk This Way

As humans have developed cities and built environments, we have also needed to develop ways to find our way through them.  Today, signage and other cues to help you find your way come from the field of environmental graphic design, or “wayfinding.”  Chances are that any signs in an airport, in a hospital, or on a freeway, were created by professional wayfinders.

99% Invisible.  Friday at 7:35am & 4:45pm.  Saturday at 8:35am.

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