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

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. 

Alan Farley talks with filmmaker Eva Soltes about her documentary "Lou Harrison - A World of Music," which will premiere at the Castro Theatre next week.  Hear the Open Air broadcast anytime this week here.           Thursday at 7pm, the filmmaker talks with Eric Jansen on Out in the Bay.

Beena Sarwar is a veteran independent Pakistani journalist and documentary filmmaker.  Hear her take on Pakistan, its relationship with the US, and the state of journalism on this week's Alternative Radio, Monday at 1pm. 

Sarwar is the Pakistan editor of Aman ki Asha, a joint initiative of “The News” in Pakistan and “The Times of India.” She was a producer for GEO TV, the largest 24/7 news channel in Pakistan.

Sister Fa is the most popular hip hop artist in Senegal, and one of the most powerful critics of female genital mutilation in her country.  Hear her story on The State We're In, Monday at Noon. 

Pantheism!

Feb 26, 2012

On this week's Philosophy Talk, the subject is pantheism: the doctrine that the world is either identical with God or an expression of His nature.

This Saturday at 3:30pm, the Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco will be giving love to public radio at “Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Musicians Pay Tribute to Public Radio.”  Among the musicians on hand to talk about public radio as a vital platform for independent music: Thao Nguyen, John Vanderslice, Kevin Johnson, Zoe Keating, Quinn Deveaux, Sean Hayes and Jhameel – and they’ll be joined by Snap Judgment producer Stephanie Foo. 

If your business or nonprofit is ready to make an important contribution to San Francisco’s future, consider hosting a student intern this summer.

San Francisco public high school students pursuing in careers in finance, information technology, biotech, hospitality, law, and health science  are looking for summer internship opportunities.  They're motivated and ready for real-world work experience.   

On the next Voicebox, hear Stanford Music Professor Stephen Hinton discuss the vocal music of Kurt Weill and the singers who have helped to seal the German composer’s reputation over decades. 

Weill's Voices on Voicebox, Friday, February 24, from 10-11pm at 91.7FM or www.kalw.org.

 

 Daniel Handler delves into his memories of young love and high school frustrations to pen the novel Why We Broke Up -- the twist?

The Syrian city of Homs has seen some of the worst violence in the government's crackdown against opposition activists and armed fighters in the country. BBC reporter Paul Wood and his team managed to slip into Homs as the bombardment of the city was getting underway. Tune in to KALW Thursday at 5:30pm to hear a special report in which Paul tells the story of his four days in Homs - how the story unfolded; how he reported it and what life is like for residents of a city under fire. 

Movies play a large role in modern life. We enjoy watching them; we idolize the actors and actresses who appear in them; we analyze the directors. But how well do movies tackle bigger philosophical questions?  With the help of listeners and special guests, Philosophy Talk hosts John Perry and Ken Taylor turn a philosophical eye to the past year's cinematic offerings, and present their 4th annual Dionysus Awards for the most philosophically-rich films of the past year.

On Today's Your Call, it's our Friday media roundtable. With so much talk about how much Mitt Romney paid in taxes, how are the media covering our tax system? We’ll also discuss the growing debt crisis in Europe and the ongoing debt relief deal talks in Greece where the names of 4,000-tax evaders have been published. We’ll be joined by Reuters’ David Cay Johnston and the Globe and Mail’s Eric Reguly joins us from Rome. Where did you see best reporting this week? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you. 

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We did it!

Jan 24, 2012

Listener support has made KALW a powerful resource for the public life and creative communities of the Bay Area.  

And in our just-concluded January Membership Campaign, the passion and generosity of KALW listeners helped us surpass our goal of $100,000 and ensure this station is ready to keep innovating and serving the community.

Thank you for keeping Local Public Radio strong and independent.  We love making radio in partnership with you.

 

Listen anytime via KALW's Local Music Player.  Host Devon Strolovitch celebrates five years on KALW with a special night on Fog City Blues featuring cameo appearances by Elvin Bishop, Quinn Deveaux, Carmen Getit of Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums, and Mark Hummel.  Devon will also be giving away tickets to Mark's Blues Harmonica Blowout at Yoshi's Oakland.  Wednesday night at 9pm.

Video Promo: Fog City Blues 5th Anniversary Special

KALW's Your Call needs a new theme song, and in the spirit of grassroots participation, we're having a contest to find it.

  • $500 prize for the winning entry, and runners-up prizes as well.
  • 60-second minimum.
  • No lyrics, please.  Beats & guitars welcome.

Send links to audio files to: feedback@yourcallradio.org, or mail recordings to:

ATTN: "Your Call Theme" KALW, 500 Mansell Street, San Francisco, CA 94134

Photograph: Sunday Alamba/AP

On This week's media roundtable. we’ll discuss coverage of taxes and ongoing budget cuts in California. We’ll also talk about coverage of President Obama saying no, for now, to the Keystone Pipe line and the mass protests in Nigeria. We’ll be joined by the Sacramento Bee’s Phillip Reese, Mother Jones’ Kate Sheppard and freelance journalist Gillian Parker joins us from Nigeria. Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. Where did you see the best reporting this week? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

On this week's This American Life, a Planet Money special on the economic crisis in Europe. If you're like us, when the words European Debt Crisis pop up in the news these days you feel a little worried, and a little like taking a nap. Turns out, there's a story behind this story. One that's filled with guilt, and drama, and betrayal, and 100-year-old dreams come true.

On this week's This American Life, a Planet Money special on the economic crisis in Europe. If you're like us, when the words European Debt Crisis pop up in the news these days you feel a little worried, and a little like taking a nap. Turns out, there's a story behind this story. One that's filled with guilt, and drama, and betrayal, and 100-year-old dreams come true.

KALW General Manager Matt Martin provides an update on Local Public Radio's plans for 2012, and takes listeners calls and e-mails on the Manager's Report to the Listeners.  You can also e-mail Matt at matt@kalw.org.

Related post:   KALW Program Changes for 2012

Listen this week anytime via KALW's Local Music Player.  Milwaukee-based emcee and poet Melissa Czarnik talks with host Chloe Veltman about the the music of rap.  Friday at 10pm.

On Wednesday at 10am, tune in for live coverage of Governor Jerry Brown's State of the State address, live from Sacramento.  Then join the conversation with Your Call host Holly Kernan and her guests.  What do you of the state of the state?  And is Governor Brown leading California effectively in a time of economic hardship and budgetary contraction?

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.

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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.

 

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