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.”



Fri November 29, 2013

Today on Your Call: The economics of journalism and media reform

On today's Your Call, we revisit a conversation with longtime media reform advocate Robert McChesney about his new book Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy. We'll also discuss the economics of journalism, media reform, and coverage of the revelations by former NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden.  On the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.  Friday at 10am & 5pm.


Wed November 6, 2013
Arts & Culture

The Spot 11.7.13 Civics & Sirens

Youth Radio podcast:  Civic Education for a New Generation

Contrary to popular belief, nearly 90 percent of high school students take a civics class. But what's the quality of those classes? This week's Youth Radio podcast looks at how racial and political diversity in the classroom affects what young people learn about politics and society.

99% Invisible:  Symphony of Sirens

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Wed October 30, 2013
Arts & Culture

State of the Re:Union -- The new season is here!

State of the Re:Union is the public radio show that tells the story of America, one community at a time -- hosted by Public Radio Talent Quest winner Al Letson.

The Fall 2013 season of State of the Re: Union airs on KALW throughout November, Mondays at noon and Tuesday nights at 9pm.


Mon October 21, 2013
Arts & Culture

See StoryCorps' Dave Isay in San Francisco

StoryCorps is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and founder Dave Isay is traveling around the country with a new book:   Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps, which contains some of the most powerful and important stories StoryCorps collected.

Dave Isay will be in San Francisco on Monday, November 4 at 6:00pm at Book Passage  at the Ferry Building.

Monday, November 4, 2013 | 6:00PM
Book Passage
San Francisco Ferry Building Store
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111


Mon October 21, 2013

Alan's voice

It was a year ago today that our friend and colleague Alan Farley passed away.


For more than 35 years, Alan's voice helped define the sound and sensibility of KALW.


You'll be hearing Alan at the top of the hour throughout the day, a small tribute to the contribution he made to KALW and this community. 


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