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.”

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10:04am

Thu March 20, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 3.20.14 When You're Lonely, Life is Very Long

Edward Hopper: The Hotel Room (1931)

Theory of Everything: When You're Lonely, Life is Very Long.  After moving to New York, writer Olivia Laing discovered the truth about loneliness. She says it is a gift.  Eric Klinenberg explains why more and more people are choosing to live alone and why cities like New York must invest in housing stock that singletons actually want to live in, the type of housing they have in Scandinavian countries.

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7:10am

Fri March 14, 2014
Arts & Culture

Mike Watt on Sound Opinions

Mike Watt

Mike Watt and The Minutemen put out a classic album 30 years ago called Double Nickels on the Dime. He joins Sound Opinions this week to talk about the record that put San Pedro on the musical map. Then Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot review new albums from Grammy winner Pharrell Williams & Philly rockers The War on Drugs.

Sunday at 2pm.

2:21pm

Wed March 12, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 3.13.14 T-shirt philanthropy & MOOCs

Stanford Storytelling Project: "How Not to Give" The story of an entrepreneur who wanted to give one million t-shirts to Africa.

Youth Radio podcast: “A Critical Look at MOOCs -- Massive On-Line Courses”

7:46am

Wed March 5, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 3.5.14 The dangerous job of journalism in Mexico

Sergio Hara

The State We’re In: “Do the Right Thing” In Mexico, investigative journalism can be a life-threatening profession. Sergio Haro is a veteran reporter for the muckraking Mexican weekly, Zeta.

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8:42am

Mon March 3, 2014
Cops & Courts

Reveal #2: Chicago's heroin supply + teen solitary in NYC

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

From The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX, Reveal is for anyone who is interested in stories that break news and change our understanding of how the world works.  Reveal examines what governments, businesses and communities are doing behind the scenes, hidden from public view.

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