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

John Orvis

Kamau Right Now!  was broadcast live from Laney College's Odell Johnson Theatre on Thursday, August 17th.

W. Kamau Bell's guests included actor, director and activist Danny Glover, comedian Irene Tu, and Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency.  Plus, a slamming live performance from Antique Naked Soul.

Tune in to KALW Thursday at 7pm for a conversation with environmentalist and entrepreneur Paul Hawken about his new book Drawdown: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming.  

Hosted by The Nation's Mark Hertsgaard, this special program was recorded at this year's Bay Area Book Festival.

Tune in to KALW Thursday at 7pm for Race & Resistance in the Trump Era, a special program recorded at this year's Bay Area Book Festival.

John Orvis

  

The latest broadcast of Kamau Right Now! came live from The New Parish in downtown Oakland.

Five hours of continuous live music broadcast on  Saturday July 15th from 3 to 8pm, hosted by JoAnn Mar, Kevin Vance, and Peter Thompson can be accessed for on-demand listening via KALW's Local Music Player.  Click the "music & arts" tab on the homepage

The latest episode of Kamau Right Now! was broadcast live from the New Parish in downtown Oakland.

Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me, the NPR News Quiz, is coming to San Francisco for two live tapings at Davies Symphony Hall -- Thursday, August 10th and Friday, August 11th at 7:30pm.

Be part of the show with Peter Sagal, Bill Kurtis, the panel and their special guests.  Tickets go on sale Friday at 10am at City Box Office. 

KALW RADIOTOPIA LIVE DRAWING

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE, DONATION, OR PLEDGE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN; a purchase, donation, or pledge will not increase your chances of winning.

HOW TO ENTER:   There are two ways to enter the drawing. 

(1) Entry via donation/pledge:  Participants who make a donation or pledge to KALW either on-line or by telephone will be automatically entered into the drawing.  To make a donation on-line, visit KALW.org.  To make a donation by telephone, please call 800-525-9917.

Olivia Henry

Thanks to everyone who supported KALW's May Campaign.  When it was all over, listeners had contributed more than $396,000 to the station.  That's 99% of our $400,000 goal - and makes this the most successful fundraiser at KALW ever.  Your support keeps KALW going, and growing.  Thank you!

"My Place Now"

Izabella Arriaza, Junipero Serra Elementary

"In a Paradise"

Aurora Nguyen, Garfield Elementary

Susan Barnes

Join host Dr. Dawn Gross for a conversation with physician and author Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter and Gordon Kaufman, both featured in the Academy Award-winning documentary Extremis, as they discuss the challenges posed by a healthcare system operating on the premise that more is always better.  

"Tofu Like Kung Fu"

Martin Levy, Garfield Elementary

"Life in Mexico"

Chloe Price, Moscone Elementary

"Baby"

Pauline Barrera, Moscone Elementary

For National Healthcare Decisions Week, Dr. Dawn Gross welcomes social worker Bridget Sumser, an expert in helping people begin conversations around planning for the end of life.

"My Life as a Dog"

Justin Fang, Garfield Elementary

"Joy and Yellow"

Leslie Avalos, Junipero Serra Elementary

"A Girl Who Saves the World"

Angelina Fang, Garfield Elementary

Angela Hennessy's complete poem, as delivered on the You're Going To Die stage at the 2016 Re:Imagine|End of Life Festival.

"My Side"

Eriberto Jimenez, Marshall Elementary

In October 2016,  over 2000 people took part in more than 30 events across the Bay Area as part of the first-ever Re:Imagine | End of Life Festival

A Rainbow"

Zelia Curtiss,  Junipero Serra Elementary

 

"Love"

 

Sandra Mendoza, Junipero Serra Elementary


"Sadness"

Pamela Alvarez, Junipero Serra Elementary

"My Feeling"

Carol Munos, E.R. Taylor Elementary

Pages