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.”

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8:47am

Fri November 14, 2014
FRIDAY-SUNDAY AT FT. MASON

Listen: Live from the Green Festival 2014

Rose Aguilar & Malihe Razazan at Green Festival 2014
Laura Flynn

  

This past weekend, KALW broadcast live from The Green Festival at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco.Hear the broadcast hosted by Your Call's Rose Aguilar and Malihe Razazan featuring interviews with:

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7:54am

Fri November 14, 2014
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: The Broadcast Clock

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:

The “driveway moment.” It’s when a story is so good that you can’t leave your car. Inside of a driveway moment, time becomes elastic–you could be staring straight at a clock for the entire duration of the story, but for that length of time, the clock has no power over you.

But ironically,  inside the machinery of public radio–the industry that creates driveway moments–the clock rules all.

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7:44am

Mon November 10, 2014
Politics

Noam Chomsky on Alternative Radio

Noam Chomsky

On this week's Alternative Radio, David Barsamian celebrates the 30 year relationship between AR and Noam Chomsky, acclaimed linguist and foremost critic of American foreign policy. 

On the program, Chomsky offers his critique of the current U.S. intervention in the Middle East in a talk entitled "ISIS, the Kurds & Turkey."  Monday at 1pm. 

9:21am

Sat November 8, 2014
FEBRUARY 11, 2015

See Neil DeGrasse Tyson in San Francisco

 

Join an evening with Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, award-winning astrophysicist, author, and host of Cosmos for an evening of engaging conversation on science, exploration, and the world as we know it.

Dr. Tyson will appear at The Orpheum Theater in San Francisco on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 7:30pm.  Tickets are now on sale at SHNSF.com.

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12:14pm

Fri November 7, 2014
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: The Straight Line Is A Godless Line

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:

Straight lines might be logical, predictable, and efficient, but they are also completely “godless”—at least according to Austrian artist and designer Tausendsassa Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser (which translates to “Multi-Talented Peace-Filled Rainy Day Dark-Colored Hundred Waters” in German).

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