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

The On Today's Your Call,  we’ll have a conversation about the economic realities of white, black and brown Americans. According to the Pew Research Survey, two out of three Americans now perceive strong social conflicts over the income gap — up sharply from two years ago. Do the changing realities of our economy mean that class divides are becoming more critical than race or nationality? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

Guests:

We recently received the sad news of the passing of Daniel del Solar, who served as KALW's General Manager from 1985 to 1992.  

A memorial to Daniel’s life will be held later this year.  We thank his friend and colleague Lincoln Bergman for the following overview of Daniel's remarkable life in media and action for social justice.

Daniel del Solar, Latino media activist, documentarian, videographer, photographer, and poet died in Oakland, California on January 13, 2012, at the age of 71.

Marshall Goldsmith told me he charges each career coaching client $50,000 a year.  He's written a book called, "What Got Your Here Won't Get You There: How successful people become even more successful."  My wife Barbara Nemko and I will explore some of the book's major ideas.  Plus, as usual, you can call in for a three-minute Workover, and Barb and I will try to help you solve your career or workplace problem. Join us Sunday from 11 am to noon on KALW, 91.7 FM.

Mike Daisey was a self-described "worshipper in the cult of Mac." Then he saw some photos from a new iPhone, taken by workers at the factory where it was made. Mike wondered: Who makes all my crap? 

He traveled to China to find out -- hear the story of what he learned on this week's This American Life, Wednesday at Noon.

Bullseye: Episode 1

Jan 5, 2012

Jesse Thorn's talk show featuring "all that's good in popular culture" returns to KALW in 2012 with a new name and a new time. Formerly known as The Sound of Young America, it's now called Bullseye and you can hear it on Sundays at 4pm on 91.7FM.

Dear KALW listeners:

After receiving feedback from more than 1,000 listeners about the proposed program changes for 2012, we now have a final schedule for the new year, which you can view here as a PDF document.

As you'll see, we've made some adjustments based on what we heard from you:  Whad'Ya Know will stay where it is on Saturday afternoons, and Your Call will continue to be rebroadcast, although at a later hour - 11pm, Monday through Thursday.

Moth Intensive Week

Nov 16, 2011

Can't get enough of The Moth Radio Hour?  Well, next week's your chance to be drawn in, as we'll have an "intensive listening week"Monday through Friday at 2 & 8pm.  Enjoy these eclectic stories from real people, told in front of an audience without notes, props, or gimmicks.

 

Moth Intensive Week

Nov 16, 2011

Can't get enough of The Moth Radio Hour?  Well, next week's your chance to be drawn in, as we'll have an "intensive listening week"Monday through Friday at 2 & 8pm.  Enjoy these eclectic stories from real people, told in front of an audience without notes, props, or gimmicks.

 

Day 6 from the CBC may join our "week in review" programs on Fridays.  Host Brent Bambury gives listeners a blend of the best of the week’s news, current affairs, pop culture, the net, lifestyle, and leisure. (Your comments about the show are welcome, send us an email!) Fridays at 6pm.

The Public Mix @ 91.7FM

Nov 16, 2011

PROPOSED PROGRAM CHANGE: KALW is considering some significant changes for 2012, and before we move forward, we want to know what you think.  You can see the current and proposed schedules here as a PDF or as a Word document. Once you've had a chance to take in what's being proposed, please take a moment to fill out this s

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