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.”

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6:17am

Fri July 18, 2014
Arts & Culture

Spinal Tap & Morrissey's new record on Sound Opinions

Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel

This year marks the 30th anniversary of This is Spinal Tap. Its director and one of its stars, Rob Reiner, joins Jim Derogatis and Greg Kot on Sound Opinions this week to talk all things Spinal Tap. Then Jim and Greg review the new album from the wonderfully moody Morrissey.  Sunday at 2pm.

2:53pm

Mon July 14, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 7.17.14 A Woman, A Writer, A Wit

Anna Holmes
Anna Wolf

  

One with Farai: “A Woman, A Writer, A Wit”  Farai Chideya speaks with New York Times Book Review columnist Anna Holmes, who applies her wit to questions of everything from womanhood, children in New York, and her former job as the editor of Jezebel.com.  From PRI's SoundworksThursday at 5:30pm.

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2:45pm

Mon July 14, 2014
Cops & Courts

The Spot 7.10.14 Jailhouse Lawyers + Stiletto Heels

Hector Oropeza
Nancy Mullane

Life of the Law: “Jailhouse Lawyers” 

 

In California, there are hundreds if not thousands of people practicing criminal law though they’ve never passed a bar exam. They’re inmates who pursue the equivalent of a lawyer’s education and who work as lawyers from within prison walls.

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6:41am

Wed July 2, 2014
TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Snap Judgment LIVE in SF August 1 & 2

KALW is proud to be the local public radio sponsor as NPR's hit show Snap Judgment electrifies San Francisco's Nourse Theatre with two nights of "Storytelling, with a beat."

Led by Snap's Glynn Washington, the world's top storytellers are coming to rock stage Snap like it's never been rocked.  Be there!

Tickets now on sale at CityBoxOffice.com.

Friday, August 1, 2014   8:00pm
Saturday, August 2, 2014   8:00pm
 

6:24am

Wed July 2, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Reveal: Investigative Reporting from CIR and PRX

Reveal 3, the latest pilot from the Peabody Award-winning program produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.

In this episode: an investigation into accidents and equipment failures in the military; a collaborative investigation into US water standards; and another in CIR's series of investigations into the treatment of military veterans.

Friday, July 4th at 11am and Monday, July 7th at 7pm.

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