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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10:21pm

Mon November 24, 2014
Cops & Courts

Your Call: How should we respond to Ferguson?

On the November 25th, 2014 edition of Your Call:  Monday night's announcement that a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri had decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed black youth Michael Brown led to outrage and protest nationwide.  President Obama and Michael Brown's parents called for peaceful protest -- but what does that mean, and how far should it go?  What will keep the focus on continued racial inequities in policing?  And how does the story of Ferguson resonate in the Bay Area and Northern California? 

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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.

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