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

On Saturday, more than 1900 people came to The Paramount Theatre in Oakland to hear Tavis Smiley & Dr. Cornel West talk about their new book The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto.  

 

On today's Your Call we’ll reflect on Earth Day. Environmental journalist Mark Hertsgaard believes that Earth Day is becoming a bland, tired ritual that polluters and politicians have learned to ignore or co-opt. It’s time to reclaim Earth Day and return it to its 1970s roots when millions took to the streets. What will it take to get millions into the streets today? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. How would you save Earth Day and the environmental movement? It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.

New research shows students losing substantial academic ground during the summer months. While funds to summer school continue to dwindle, local districts are finding creative ways to keep their students learning throughout the summer break. Host Joseph Pace and guests Katie Brackenridge of the Partnership for Children and Youth, Lara Fox of the Peninsula Boys and Girls Club and Jane O'Brien of Oakland Unified School District had a great discussion about why summer may no longer be the most overlooked part of the school year.

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about independent record stores. April 21st  is Record Stores Day. With over 700 independently owned record stories, what’s the value of a brick-and-mortar outlet selling music in the digital age? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. How have the economics of running an independent record store changed? Do record stores still matter now that you can download just about anything? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about the history of the death penalty and the moratorium initiative on November’s ballot.  April 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the resumption of executions in California. Since then, 13 people have been executed, costing an average of $308M each. Will California become the sixth state in the country to repeal the death penalty? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  What explains the nationwide shift against the death penalty?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and You.

Superintendents Message

Apr 10, 2012

Superintendents Message for 4/10/12

At the end of 2011, KALW piloted Day 6, a new end-of-week current events, culture and big ideas show from the CBC in Toronto.  We asked you to let  us know what you thought, and here are a few of the messages we received:

On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about the year 1968 and why it was such a watershed moment.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4th, 1968.  In the same year: The Tet Offensive killed tens of thousands in Vietnam.  Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated.  Women threw their bras into a public trash can to protest the Miss America Pageant.  Apollo 8 orbited the moon.  A current exhibit at the Oakland Museum highlights the events of 1968.

On Saturday, April 28th at 6pm, Tavis Smiley and Cornel West will speak about their new book, The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto, at The Paramount Theatre in Oakland.  

This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.  We have now reached capacity for the venue, and have closed pre-registration.

On this week's BullseyeLateef the Truthspeaker - Oakland MC and one of the founding members of the hip-hop collective / record label Quannum Projects, whose members include DJ Shadow, Lyrics Born and Blackalicious.

On the next Your Call, with the election cycle well under way, we'll have a debate about President Obama’s record on healthcare, the environment, and US foreign policy. We'll be joined by Joshua Frank, co-editor of Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, and Faiz Shakir, vice president of the Center for American Progress. How do you assess President Obama's record thus far? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.

Next week, KALW will bring you NPR's special coverage as the Supreme Court hears arguments on the constitutionality of  the Affordable Care Act, Monday through Wednesday at 6pm.

Hosted by Jennifer Ludden, NPR's special coverage will feature audio highlights from the day's arguments, and analysis from NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg and health policy correspondent Julie Rovner.

Next week, KALW will bring you NPR's special coverage as the Supreme Court hears arguments on the constitutionality of  the Affordable Care Act, Monday through Wednesday at 6pm.

NPR's coverage will be hosted by Jennifer Ludden and feature NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg and health policy correspondent Julie Rovner, as well as audio of each day's arguments from the court.  

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Michael Klare, author of The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources, and Kevin Hall, national economics correspondent for McClatchy. The national average price for a gallon gas is $3.84, and it’s expected to go up. What’s behind rising gas prices? Join us live at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. There are efforts to start “no gas Mondays.” What else should be done? What can be done?  It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Minds Over Matter

Mar 19, 2012

The Bay Areas Favorite Game show 3/18/12

This American Life is retracting its episode “Mister Daisey and the Apple Factory,” based on Mike Daisey’s monologue about Foxconn factories that manufacture iPhones and iPads, which contains what TAL acknowledges were numerous fabrications.  These fabrications were uncovered by Marketplace’s China Correspondent.

Jim Kot and Greg Derogatis talk to English singer, songwriter and producer Nick Lowe about his long career—from the punk and new wave scenes in the ‘70s to his most recent album The Old Magic. Plus, they review the new album from controversial Irish singer Sinead O’Connor.  On Sound Opinions, Sunday at 2pm.

At the age of 67, Nicolas “Nicky” Frausto became friends with 18-year-old Alexander “Lexi” Snyder. They met at OutLoud Radio's San Francisco Inter-Generational Storytelling Project, an event that celebrates Bay Area LGBTQ history. Their story gives a little insight into the nature of love from two men that are two generations apart.

This interview was facilitated by Sophia Simon-Ortiz of San Francisco StoryCorps in conjunction with OutLoud Radio. It was produced by Wendy Baker.

On the next Your Call, we'll have a conversation about the state of the opposition movement inside Burma, where elections are taking place on April 1. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi recently gave her first campaign speech, saying the reform process has yet to deliver democratic gains. It's been almost five years since the massive uprising in Burma. What do you want to know about the struggle for democracy there? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

Bo Kyi, former political prisoner and international human rights activist from Burma

On the next Your Call, we’ll mark the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s first children’s book by talking about classic kids books, and the remarkable children’s literature being written right now.  Why are the bonds we make with those special children’s books so powerful?  And when stories like The Lorax head to the big screen – or the iPad -- how does the magic of a grown-up reading to a kid change? 

Guests:

Carla Kozak, children’s librarian at San Francisco Public Library. 

 Tune in this Thursday to Africa Mix, when Emmanuel Nado's guest will be Ethiopian-born, San Francisco-based singer songwriter Meklit Hadero.

Meklit erupted to national notice with the 2010 release of her CD "On a Day Like This" bringing her music to a whole new audience.  She performs next Friday, March 23rd at the Herbst Theater for SFJazz.  Hear her on KALW this Thursday at 9pm.

 

 On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the corporate tax system and President Obama’s plan to overhaul it. How much do corporations pay in taxes? From 2008-2011, 30 major corporations paid no taxes, according to Citizens for Tax Justice. How much should they pay? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. What is the economic impact of corporate taxation? What changes would you like to see? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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It's an amazing world.  It used to be that whatever life served you that's what you got.  You didn't like your nose, skin, class or gender?  Too damn bad.   But times have changed and nothing is fixed.  If you don't like what you see in the mirror, start anew.  But are there limits?  Are there boundaries, internal or external?  How much can you really change and how much can you demand the universe change for you? 

Stories of our plastic selves on this week's Snap Judgment, Sunday at 3pm and Wednesday at 1pm.

On today’s Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the recent education rally in Sacramento, where over 70 people, most of them students, were arrested . We’ll also talk about of AIPAC’s gathering in Washington DC and the drumbeat for war with Iran. We’ll be joined by citizen journalist Spencer Mills, the Contra Costa Times’ Matt Krupnick, and the Middle East Report’s Chris Toensing. Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org What was your story of the week? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Nearly a year after Japan was struck by a huge earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, tune in Wednesday and Thursday at 5:30pm for a special two-part report from the BBC on radioactive fallout, health effects, decontamination efforts, and government response to the Fukushima disaster.

On this week's Open Air, Alan Farley talks with composer and performer Meredith Monk.  Monk has a prominent role in the San Francisco Symphony's American Mavericks Festival.  He also visits with Michael Gene Sulllivan, who is directing "Julius Caesar" for the African American Shakespeare Company.   Here the broadcast anytime this week via KALW's Local Music Player.

Bullseye: Key & Peele

Mar 1, 2012

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are actors, comedians, and the creators and co-stars of the new Comedy Central sketch show Key & Peele

On this week's Smiley & West, a conversation with Arun Gandhi about his grandfather's legacy, and the future of nonviolence.  Friday at 1pm.

On February 29, 1932, the BBC launched its Empire Service on shortwave – 80 years later, you know it as the World Service, and hear it throughout the day on KALW. 

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