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

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:

Vexillologists—those who study flags—tend to fall into one of two schools of thought. The first is one that focuses on history, category, and usage, and maintains that vexillologists should be scholars and historians of all flags, regardless of their designs.

The other school of vexillology, however, maintains that not all flags are created equal, and that flags can and should be redesigned, and improved.

James Davies

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:

“A Chair is a difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier.” — Mies van der Rohe.

The chair presents an interesting design challenge, because it is an object that disappears when in use. The person replaces the chair. So chairs need to look fantastic when empty, and remain invisible (and comfortable) while in use.

Friday at 7:45am & 4:45pm and Saturday at 8:35am.

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:

Winning an early pinball game was much more about luck than skill, since there were no buttons to activate flippers on the sides. You basically had one action: pull the plunger and watch the ball go. Without the flippers, pinball was a truly a game of chance—perfect for gambling.

Friday at 7:45am & 4:45pm, Saturday at 8:35am.

99% Invisible: Unbuilt

Dec 12, 2014

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:

There is an allure to unbuilt structures: the utopian, futuristic transports; the impossibly tall skyscrapers; even the horrible highways. They all capture our imagination with what could have been.  Producer Sam Greenspan spoke with Andrew Lynch (aka Vanshnookenraggen), creator of Hyperreal Cartography, a Tumblr of unbuilt cities across the globe.

In the December 7th edition of his "Radio Waves" column in the San Francisco Chronicle, Ben Fong-Torres profiles Your Call host Rose Aguilar. Read the full article at SFGate:  "Aguilar goes from KALW guest to host"

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:

Near the end of World War II, architects were anticipating the post-war housing shortage. Wallace Neff was L.A.'s start architect at the time, and wanted to create a solution that would not only meet this demand, but address the need for housing worldwide.

On the November 25th, 2014 edition of Your Call:  Monday night's announcement that a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri had decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed black youth Michael Brown led to outrage and protest nationwide.  President Obama and Michael Brown's parents called for peaceful protest -- but what does that mean, and how far should it go?  What will keep the focus on continued racial inequities in policing?  And how does the story of Ferguson resonate in the Bay Area and Northern California? 

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:

The Ouija board is so simple and iconic that it looks like it comes from another time, or maybe another realm. The game is not as ancient as it was designed to look, but those two arched rows of letters have been spooking people for over 125 years.  To understand where Ouija boards (generically called “talking boards”) come from, you have to go back to middle of the 1800s, to three sisters in New York.

On Tuesday, November 18th, KALW General Manager Matt Martin went on the air for his quarterly Report to the Listeners, giving updates on station programming and taking listener calls and e-mails. 

If you missed the broadcast, you can still send Matt your questions or comments at matt@kalw.org.

On Tuesday, November 18th, KALW General Manager Matt Martin went on the air for his quarterly Report to the Listeners, giving updates on station programming and taking listener calls and e-mails. 

If you missed the broadcast, you can still send Matt your questions or comments at matt@kalw.org.

NPR is making some changes to the Morning Edition broadcast clock that mean you'll be hearing some of KALW's morning features at new times.

Starting Monday, November 17th, Jim Hightower's commentaries will air at 7:31am.  And 99% Invisible and Sandip Roy's Dispatches from Kolkata, which now air at 7:35am, will be heard at 7:45am.

San Quentin Prison Report Founding Director Troy Williams speaks at the  "Excellence in Journalism" awards ceremony of the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California.   The SQPR was given the award for Community Journalism (Radio/Audio).  The ceremony took place just two weeks after Troy Williams was released from San Quentin, after serving an 18-year sentence.

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:

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.

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. 

 

This Thursday, January 14th, join 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.

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).

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible:

 

On October 22nd, the Second District PTA hosted a forum featuring eight candidates for three seats on San Francisco's Board of Education.

The forum was moderated by San Francisco Chronicle Education Reporter Jill Tucker, and was co-hosted by Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco, San Francisco Education Fund, Support For Families Of Children With Disabilities, and the San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee.

On November 2nd, Radio Ambulante returns to San Francisco with a brand-new show called Outsiders, to be performed for one night only at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

NPR's hit show Snap Judgment is back to electrify the Nourse Theater in San Francisco.  It's an ALL-NEW special performance created in association with the Bay Area Science Festival.  Led by Snap's Glynn Washington, the world's top storytellers are coming to rock the Snap stage with brand new stories on moments of discovery.

It's "Storytelling, with a beat...." LIVE! Come be part of an amazing performance filmed for Snap Judgment and recorded for broadcast on NPR. 

 

POSITIONS AVAILABLE

91.7 KALW-FM, San Francisco seeks candidates for two part-time announcer-operator positions:

CUESA, the Urban Agriculture Alliance and the SF-Marin Food Bank recently hosted Your Food, Your Vote, a food-focused forum with State Assembly District 17 candidates David Chiu and David Campos.

 

On this week's episode of 99% Invisible . . .

The Stanford Storytelling Project and KALW are proud to present The Moth: True Stories Told Live at the Dinkelspiel Auditorium on the Stanford campus on Friday, October 17th at 7:30pm.

99% Invisible: Holdout

Sep 26, 2014

On this week's edition of 99% Invisible:

“Holdout”  Around 2005, a Seattle neighborhood called Ballard started to see unprecedented growth.  Developers offered a woman named Edith Macefield $750,000 for her small house.  Macefield turned down the money, and developers went ahead and enveloped her house on three sides with a shopping mall.

Friday at 7:35am & 4:45pm, Saturday at 8:35am.

  

99% Invisible: “Holdout”  Around 2005, a Seattle neighborhood called Ballard started to see unprecedented growth.  Developers offered a woman named Edith Macefield $750,000 for her small house.  Macefield turned down the money, and developers went ahead and enveloped her house on three sides with a shopping mall.

Superintendents Message

Sep 23, 2014

The Superintendents Message for Tuesday 9/23/2014

We did it! Thank you!!

Sep 18, 2014

KALW's September membership campaign wrapped up right on time, and at 99.3% of our $350,000 goal.

Thanks to the more than 2200 listeners who helped make the campaign a success, and to the big community of volunteers, programmers and radio-lovers that keeps KALW creative, independent, and non-commercial!

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