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.”



Wed December 19, 2012

'Chew On This': Join the next taping in SF on January 19th

Is gardening possible for renters, or those of us without big yards or easy access to a nearby community garden?

We'll be answering this question and many more about gardening on the next episode of Chew On This – a new show launching at KALW.

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Mon December 17, 2012


Wed November 28, 2012
Cops & Courts

Your Legal Rights 11/28/12 Landlord-Tenant

Landlord-tenant disputes.

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Fri November 16, 2012
3rd Coast Festival ~ 11/26 at 7pm

2012's Best Radio Documentaries

Award-winning documentaries from the Third Coast Radio Festival, the premier competition for radio documentaries from around the world.  Hosted by award-winning writer, producer and humorist, Gwen Macsai, with excerpts from the awards ceremony which were hosted by The Kitchen Sisters.  Monday 7pm. 


Wed November 7, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Saturday: Live from the Green Festival

The Green Festival – the nation’s largest event devoted to sustainable economies and sustainable communities – returns to San Francisco this Saturday and Sunday at the Concourse Exhibition Center, located at 8th & Brannan Streets.  Learn more at, and tune to 91.7FM as Rose Aguilar hosts KALW’s annual Green Festival broadcast on Saturday from Noon to 2.