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

"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

"Thank You Grandpa"

Marco Gongora, Paul Revere Elementary

Beginning in April, there will be a number of programming changes across KALW's schedule, which you can see on our updated printable program grid.

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.

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