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 March 13, 2013


Fri March 8, 2013

Saturday Memorial for New Dimensions' Michael Toms

Michael Toms, co-founder of New Dimensions Radio, died on January 24th, 2013 at the age of 72.

There will be a celebration of Michael Toms'  life Saturday, March 9th from 2:00 to 4:00pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin Street at Geary in San Francisco. 

All are welcome.  Friends who will speak include Charles Tart, Patricia Sun, Ralph Metzner, Stephen Hill, Dorothy and Jim Fadiman, Justine Willis Toms, and Master of Ceremonies Phil Catalfo. 

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Fri March 8, 2013
West Coast Live Saturday 3/9/13 @ 10AM

West Coast Live's 1000th! Bela Fleck, Anne Lamott & more

Join Sedge Thompson and Mike Greensill for West Coast Live's 1000th broadcast on KALW with a great line-up of guests including novelist Anne Lamott and urban farmer Nicole Easterday -- plus travel tips from Karl & Carl and the brilliant banjo of Bela Fleck. 

Listen now on KALW's Local Music Player.

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Fri March 1, 2013


Sun February 24, 2013

The Raw & The Cooked from the Kitchen Sisters

An hour-long journey into the world of clandestine cooking, kitchen rituals and traditions from extraordinary public radio producers Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson. Tales of kitchens that suddenly pop up, kitchens that stay underground to survive, kitchens that are the keepers of a culture. Cooking traditions that spring from the most unlikely moments of history. Hosted by Academy Award-winning actress, Frances McDormand. Monday at Noon.