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.”



Thu September 18, 2014

We did it! Thank you!!

KALW's September membership campaign wrapped up right on time, and at 99.3% of our $350,000 goal.

Thanks to the more than 2200 listeners who helped make the campaign a success, and to the big community of volunteers, programmers and radio-lovers that keeps KALW creative, independent, and non-commercial!


Fri September 12, 2014
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: Hacking Ikea

On this week's edition of 99% Invisible:

IKEA hacking is the practice of buying things from IKEA and reengineering -- or "hacking" -- them to become customized, more functional, and often just better-designed stuff. 

Friday at 7:35am and 4:45 pm, and Saturday at 8:35am.

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Sat September 6, 2014

Increase your public radio magnetism.

Make a gift of $91.70 or more to KALW, and you can add KALW's new 3-magnet set to your refrigerator along with any other thank you gift you choose

Your gift to KALW's September campaign will help us keep the drive short and the programming uninterrupted.  Thank you!


Sat September 6, 2014

Support KALW. Meet Jad!

Thanks to Ashleyanne Krigbaum for going overboard with Photoshop on this one

Radiolab's Jad Abumrad comes to the Nourse Theatre in San Francisco on October 1st.  Get a pair of tickets, plus the chance to meet Jad at a pre-show reception for your contribution to

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Fri September 5, 2014
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: Thomassons

Gary Thomasson

Cities, like living things, evolve slowly over time. Buildings and structures get added and renovated and removed, and in this process, bits and pieces that get left behind.

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

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