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.”

Ways To Connect

NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

On July 14th, the New Horizons spacecraft will fly by Pluto – sending back the first detailed views of that small world.  What will it see, and what will we learn?

Sound Opinions #500

Jun 26, 2015

On this week's Sound Opinions, Greg Kot & Jim Derogatis celebrate their 500th episode on public radio by revisiting some of their favorite interviewees, including Yoko Ono, Rivers Cuomo, Bootsy Collins, and Savages (pictured).

B.B. King, the international ambassador for the blues, passed away in May.  On this week's Sound Opinions, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate the life and music of the great guitarist with a classic album dissection of King's Live at the Regal.

Sunday at 3pm.

This Sunday, June 7th, join John Perry, Ken Taylor, and 60-Second Philosopher Ian Shoales for two live tapings of Philosophy Talk at The Marsh Theatre in Berkeley.

At 12pm, it's "The Ethics of Drone Warfare" with Bradley Strawser, author of Killing By Remote Control. And at 3pm, "Regret" with UC Berkeley philosopher Jay Wallace.

Tickets and information here.

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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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

The new documentary She's Beautiful When She's Angry resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. It takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!).

The new documentary She's Beautiful When She's Angry resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.   It takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H.

Thanks to everyone who supported KALW in our May Campaign – including 400 new members, and more than 2000 renewing members. 

Because of the generosity of listeners after the drive ended, we reached our goal of $375,000!

Listener-supported radio is better – and KALW listeners are the best.  Thank you!

KALW continues to grow and thrive, powered by the listener support that provides 72% of our budget.  Because of you, this station is innovative and ambitious, and proudly non-commercial -- and, we're able to keep
the pledge breaks short and the programming uninterrupted.

Our goal in the campaign is to raise $375,000 before Thursday, May 21st.    Together, we can do this!  Contribute now and keep KALW strong a nd growing.  Thank you!

KALW is pleased to broadcast the full 2014-15 season of the Berkeley Symphony with Music Director Joana Carneiro.  David Latulippe is your host.

Monday, May 4 at 9pm

Program I: "Enigma" - Oscar Bettison "Sea Shapes", Sibelius "Violin Concerto in d minor, Op.47" with soloist Jennifer Kuh; Elgar "Enigma Variations."  (Recorded 10/2/14) Concert details and program notes here.

Monday, May 11 at 9pm

Make a contribution of $91.70 to KALW's May campaign to receive our punny “Kale-W” tee, conceived and designed by our own Ali Budner and Ashleyanne Krigbaum.

Out in the Bay - gay radio from San Francisco - celebrates 10 years of broadcasting LGBT stories to the world with a party and show taping at the Oasis Nightclub & Cabaret in San Francisco this Wednesday, April 29th from 5-8pm.

All the information is at Out in the Bay's website, and tickets are available from SFOasis.com.

On the April 10, 2015 edition of 99% Invisible:

Though its official name is JFK Plaza, the open space near Philadelphia’s City Hall is more commonly known as LOVE Park, after the Robert Indiana sculpture installed there. 

On the April 11, 2015 edition of Bluegrass Signal, Peter Thompson celebrates 40 years of broadcasting with a program of live recordings by a few of his favorites, from the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe to the Kentucky Colonels and Hazel & Alice to the Good Ol’ Persons and Hot Rize to Mac Martin and Vern Williams.  Music from the true vine!

Read Peter's reflections on 40 years in community-based radio in the latest KALW program guide.

The special features funny, poignant, and thought-provoking stories and conversations that touch on the plagues, on slavery, on food, on the act of story-telling and more, and are meant to appeal to people of all religious (and non-religious) backgrounds. Hosted by Sara Ivry and Jonathan Goldstein (WireTap, This American Life), the show’s contributors include Israeli writer Etgar Keret, DC food historian Michael Twitty, and radio producers Sally Herships, Debbie Nathan.

From Tablet Magazine’s podcast Vox Tablet and PRX.

UnderCover is thrilled to present a tribute to Bob Marley’s Exodus.

1 band per song, 10 Bay Area bands, over 75 artists, all curated by guest Music Director Rupa Marya.

The 1977 album is timeless, with themes that are relevant today. The night was curated with themes of diversity and community in mind.

On the March 20, 2015 edition of 99% Invisible:

On Thursday, March 19th at 5pm, KALW General Manager Matt Martin will go on the air for his quarterly Manager's Report to the Listeners.  Matt will give an update on the latest developments at Local Public Radio, and open the lines to your questions and ideas about KALW.

On the March 13, 2015 edition of 99% Invisible:

POSITION AVAILABLE

91.7 KALW-FM, San Francisco seeks candidates for the position of Program Information Manager, the station’s point person for managing programming, event, and sponsorship information, both within the station and to the public.

Responsibilities include:

The Superintendent's Message for Tuesday March 10, 2015

On the March 5, 2016 edition of 99% Invisible:

If you want to follow conversation threads relating to this show on social media—whether Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, Tumblr—you know to look for the hashtag: #99pi. In our current digital age, the hashtag identifies movements, events, happenings, brands—topics of all kinds. The “#” didn’t always have this meaning, though.  It’s had a few different lives.

On the February 27, 2015 episode of 99% Invisible:

Disruptive camouflage?  Think about zebras: it’s hypothesized that their stripes make it difficult for a predator to distinguish one from another when the zebras are in a large herd. The stripes also might make zebras less attractive to blood sucking horseflies. This is called disruptive camouflage.

When it comes to humans, the greatest, most jaw-droppingly spectacular application of disruptive camouflage was called Dazzle.

On the February 20, 2015 edition of 99% Invisible:

Right now there are fewer than two hundred active trademarks for sounds. A surprisingly small number, considering sound has the power make—or break—a brand.

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

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