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.”

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1:29pm

Sat May 10, 2014
Arts & Culture

25 Years of Folk Music & Beyond!

In celebration of 25 years on "Folk Music & Beyond" on KALW, JoAnn Mar and Bob Campbell have put together a brand new "Best-Of" collection, featuring highlights of live performances recorded in the KALW studios.

 

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9:53am

Fri May 9, 2014
Arts & Culture

Friday night: Kurt Weill in America

Join Fascinatin' Rhythm host Michael Lasser for a 3-hour special exploring Kurt Weill's years in America. Friday from 8pm-11pm.

8:30am

Fri May 9, 2014
Arts & Culture

Friday at 11am: Radio Ambulante's new English-language special

Immediately following the Your Call media roundtable, stay tuned for a new English-language special from Radio Ambulante, the groundbreaking Spanish-language podcast that uses the narrative journalism associated with This American Life to tell the stories of Latin America and Latino America.

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3:50pm

Mon May 5, 2014
Arts & Culture

Radiotopiathon . . . Tuesday night from 9 to Midnight

Tune in for three hours of head-turning, mind-opening stories from Radiotopia, curated and co-hosted by 99% Invisible's Sam Greenspan and Crosscurrents' Ashleyanne Krigbaum.  Tuesday, May 6th from 9pm to Midnight.

2:20pm

Sat May 3, 2014
THE PUBLIC RADIO PARTY

Thanks for your support . . . hope to see you on June 11th!

Cal Tabuena-Frolli

Thanks to everyone who made KALW's spring fundraiser a success.  2,500 listener-supporters, including 500 new members, contributed more than $370,000 to KALW.

That's worth celebrating -- which is just what we'll do at The Public Radio Party we're throwing on Wednesday, June 11th from, 5-9pm at the CCSF Mission Campus.

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