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

Beginning in April, there will be a number of programming changes across KALW's schedule:

David Latulippe

  Listen to KALW General Manager Matt Martin on the latest Manager’s Report to the Listeners.

On Monday, March 23rd Kamau Right Now! will broadcast live from the Nourse Theatre in San Francisco. W. Kamau Bell's guests are novelist & essayist Ayelet Waldman, comedian Nato Green, and media justice advocate Malkia Cyril.  Plus, great live music from Soul Development.

Help students become young professionals, contribute to a diverse workforce, and make a positive impact in a young person's life. Host a San Francisco high school student intern at your business or organization this summer.  

Jori Klein

On this week's West Coast Live, Sedge Thomson talks about freedom and how the stories of slaves, serfs and peons through history can illuminate those seeking a better life.  

On this week's West Coast Live, Sedge Thompson brings you the voices of . . . 

On Thursday, January 19th, Kamau Right Now! broadcast live from the Odell Johnson Theater at Laney College in Oakland.  

This week, Sedge Thomson brings us reflections on some issues of the day.

 Rose Aguilar and her guests Antonia Juhasz, award-winning investigative journalist on oil and energy expert, and Marcy Wheeler, independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties, point to examples of great journalism this week.

This week, Sedge Thomson's guests provoke the appetite for curiosity.

The Third Coast International Audio Festival brings the best new documentaries produced worldwide to the national airwaves in "Best of the Best", hosted by award-winning writer, producer and humorist Gwen Macsai. Meticulously crafted and lovingly produced, these stories intrigue, inform and inspire.

Eater SF

On this week's show, Thanksgiving thanks to you from everyone at West Coast Live. 

Your Call: Hard lessons of 2016 election

Nov 10, 2016

 


On the November 10th edition of Your Call, we discuss lessons of 2016 for progressives in electoral politics.  

Brooke Anderson

On Thursday, October 27th at 7pm, Kamau Right Now! broadcast live from the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.

 It's the show's first anniversary, and W. Kamau Bell's guests included Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, Death Sex & Money creator Anna Sale, and Jessi Klein, executive producer for Inside Amy Schumer and writer on Transparent.  Plus, live music from Bells Atlas and the latest from Mother Jones investigative reporter Shane Bauer

On October 17, 2016, the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts hosted a forum for candidates for San Francisco’s Board of Education, moderated by San Francisco Chronicle education reporter Jill Tucker.  

US Forest Service

After more than 150 years, historians (and perhaps Californians) are facing the horrifying truth that Indian slavery was a key source of labor that helped create the early economy of California and enrich its first settlers. 

NPR

Tune in to KALW tonight at 6pm for NPR's live coverage of the second debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Then join the post-debate conversation on Your Call, Monday at 10am.

91.7 KALW seeks talented on-air personalities to serve as announcer operators on an as-needed basis.  The position requires knowledge of broadcast operations, including production of both talk and music programs.  Candidates should have a strong on-air presence and the ability to deliver written copy with fluency.  Knowledge of public radio a plus, as is proximity to KALW’s studios in San Francisco.  Women and people of color strongly encouraged to apply.  This is an as-needed position; shifts will vary.

91.7 KALW seeks talented on-air personalities to serve as announcer operators on an as-needed basis.  The position requires knowledge of broadcast operations, including production of both talk and music programs.  Candidates should have a strong on-air presence and the ability to deliver written copy with fluency.  Knowledge of public radio a plus, as is proximity to KALW’s studios in San Francisco.  Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.  This is an as-needed position; shifts will vary.

Olivia Henry

A huge thanks to everyone who supported KALW's September campaign.  When all was said and done, more than 2700 listeners donated over $367,000 to Local Public Radio.

That's 98% of our ambitious goal of $375,000, making this the most successful September campaign ever at KALW.  The station is strong and ready to invest for the future, with no more on-air fundraising until next May.  

Olivia Henry

A huge thanks to everyone who supported KALW's September campaign.  When all was said and done, more than 2000 listeners donated over $367,000 to Local Public Radio.

That's 98% of our ambitious goal of $375,000, making this the most successful September campaign ever at KALW.  The station is strong and ready to invest for the future, with no more on-air fundraising until next May.  

Dan Roth

On Thursday, September 22, 2016, Kamau Right Now! broadcast live from the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.

NPR

Tune in to KALW tonight at 6pm for NPR's live coverage of the second debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  Then join the post-debate conversation on Your Call, Monday at 10am.

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