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

Thanks to all the local businesses who provided food and drink during KALW's most recent membership campaign. Take a moment to see who they are, and if you have the opportunity, please thank them for supporting Local Public Radio.

Join Rose Aguilar at The Roxie Theatre in San Francisco on Wednesday, October 7th at 7pm for a special screening of the award-winning documentary 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets , featuring a Q&A with Jordan Davis's father Ron Davis and Oscar Grant's mother Wanda Johnson . Tickets now available at The Roxie's website.

Afropop Worldwide 's " San Francisco: Afropop By the Bay " tells the unlikely story of how a group of superb African musicians-from Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa-landed in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s and early '80s.

Sound Opinons: Isleys!

Aug 28, 2015

The Isley Brothers have scored hits in six different decades thanks to an ever-evolving sound, stretching from doo-wop to psychedelic funk to disco. This week on Sound Opinions , guitarist Ernie Isley joins Jim Kot and Greg Derogatis for a career spanning discussion. Sunday at 3pm.

NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

On July 14th , the New Horizons spacecraft will fly by Pluto – sending back the first detailed views of that small world. What will it see, and what will we learn?

Sound Opinions #500

Jun 26, 2015

On this week's Sound Opinions , Greg Kot & Jim Derogatis celebrate their 500th episode on public radio by revisiting some of their favorite interviewees, including Yoko Ono, Rivers Cuomo, Bootsy Collins, and Savages (pictured).

B.B. King , the international ambassador for the blues, passed away in May. On this week's Sound Opinions, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate the life and music of the great guitarist with a classic album dissection of King's Live at the Regal . Sunday at 3pm.

This Sunday, June 7th , join John Perry, Ken Taylor, and 60-Second Philosopher Ian Shoales for two live tapings of Philosophy Talk at The Marsh Theatre in Berkeley . At 12pm, it's "The Ethics of Drone Warfare" with Bradley Strawser, author of Killing By Remote Control. And at 3pm, "Regret" with UC Berkeley philosopher Jay Wallace. Tickets and information here.

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The Association of Independents in Radio ( AIR ) is launching its new storytelling competition Finding America , and to celebrate, they’re throwing a big block party next Saturday, June 6th as part of the Megapolis Audio Festival . At the party will be Oakland's own Fantastic Negrito (NPR Tiny Desk competition winner!), The Kitchen Sisters, Snap Judgment's Glynn Washington, KQED, Youth Radio, scores of independent producers -- and plenty of KALW people. It's all free -- join us!

The May 15th edition of 99% Invisible was created live by Roman Mars at KALW. It's about the most mis-used Social Security number in US history.

Thomas Walden Levy

The Spiritual Edge is a new reporting project from KALW that explores innovation in religious belief and practice in the Bay Area. And as we plan the next stage of the project's development, we want your ideas and input. By answering this brief survey , you'll discover the diverse stories that this project has already told , and help shape the future direction of The Spiritual Edge. Thank you!

The phones may be old, but the radio is fresh! And every call keeps KALW creative, independent, and non-commercial. Ring a fellow listener at 800-525-9917 or click here to make your contribution to Local Public Radio's May campaign.

The phones may be old, but the radio is fresh! And every call keeps KALW creative, independent, and non-commercial. Ring a fellow listener at 800-525-9917 or click here to make your contribution to Local Public Radio's May campaign.

The new documentary She's Beautiful When She's Angry resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. It takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). Combining dramatizations, performance and archival...

The new documentary She's Beautiful When She's Angry resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. It takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). Combining dramatizations, performance and archival...

Thanks to everyone who supported KALW in our May Campaign – including 400 new members, and more than 2000 renewing members. Because of the generosity of listeners after the drive ended, we reached our goal of $375,000! Listener-supported radio is better – and KALW listeners are the best . Thank you!

KALW continues to grow and thrive, powered by the listener support that provides 72% of our budget. Because of you, this station is innovative and ambitious, and proudly non-commercial -- and, we're able to keep
the pledge breaks short and the programming uninterrupted.
Our goal in the campaign is to raise $375,000 before Thursday, May 21st. Together, we can do this! Contribute now and keep KALW strong a nd growing. Thank you!

KALW is pleased to broadcast the full 2014-15 season of the Berkeley Symphony with Music Director Joana Carneiro. David Latulippe is your host. Monday, May 4 at 9pm Program I: "Enigma" - Oscar Bettison "Sea Shapes", Sibelius "Violin Concerto in d minor, Op.47" with soloist Jennifer Kuh; Elgar "Enigma Variations." (Recorded 10/2/14) Concert details and program notes here . Monday, May 11 at 9pm Program II: "Sanctuary" - Thomas Ades "Asyla", Tchaikovsky "Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op 76." ...

Make a contribution of $91.70 to KALW's May campaign to receive our punny “Kale-W” tee, conceived and designed by our own Ali Budner and Ashleyanne Krigbaum. This lemon yellow t-shirt features a green hand-drawn depiction of four kale leaves arranged into the letter W. On the back, a kale-circled explainer answers the riddle: “KALW 91.7 FM, Local Public Radio, San Francisco.” And we've got kids' sizes!

Out in the Bay - gay radio from San Francisco - celebrates 10 years of broadcasting LGBT stories to the world with a party and show taping at the Oasis Nightclub & Cabaret in San Francisco this Wednesday, April 29th from 5-8pm. All the information is at Out in the Bay 's website , and tickets are available from SFOasis.com .

On the April 10, 2015 edition of 99% Invisible : Though its official name is JFK Plaza, the open space near Philadelphia’s City Hall is more commonly known as LOVE Park, after the Robert Indiana sculpture installed there.

On the April 11, 2015 edition of Bluegrass Signal , Peter Thompson celebrates 40 years of broadcasting with a program of live recordings by a few of his favorites, from the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe to the Kentucky Colonels and Hazel & Alice to the Good Ol’ Persons and Hot Rize to Mac Martin and Vern Williams. Music from the true vine! Read Peter's reflections on 40 years in community-based radio in the latest KALW program guide . Saturday at 6:30pm.

The special features funny, poignant, and thought-provoking stories and conversations that touch on the plagues, on slavery, on food, on the act of story-telling and more, and are meant to appeal to people of all religious (and non-religious) backgrounds. Hosted by Sara Ivry and Jonathan Goldstein ( WireTap , This American Life ), the show’s contributors include Israeli writer Etgar Keret, DC food historian Michael Twitty, and radio producers Sally Herships, Debbie Nathan. From Tablet...

UnderCover is thrilled to present a tribute to Bob Marley’s Exodus . 1 band per song, 10 Bay Area bands, over 75 artists, all curated by guest Music Director Rupa Marya. The 1977 album is timeless, with themes that are relevant today. The night was curated with themes of diversity and community in mind. Bob Marley’s “Exodus”
Friday through Sunday, April 3-5
8:30pm Doors, 9pm Show
The Independent, San Francisco
21 years and up, ADA Accessible
Tickets are $25 in...

On the March 20, 2015 edition of 99% Invisible :

On Thursday, March 19th at 5pm , KALW General Manager Matt Martin will go on the air for his quarterly Manager's Report to the Listeners . Matt will give an update on the latest developments at Local Public Radio, and open the lines to your questions and ideas about KALW. Matt is particularly interested in hearing your initial reaction to two shows we're piloting on KALW this month: The local comedy feature FSFSF and Inflection Point , an interview program with women in leadership. But...

On the March 13, 2015 edition of 99% Invisible : When Eric Molinsky lived in Los Angeles, he kept hearing this story about a bygone transportation system called the Red Car. The Red Car, he was told, had been this amazing network of streetcars that connected the city—until a car company bought it, dismantled it, and forced a dependency on freeways. But like most legends, the one that Eric heard about the Red Car is not entirely accurate. The Red Car wasn’t the victim of a conspiracy. The Red...

POSITION AVAILABLE 91.7 KALW-FM, San Francisco seeks candidates for the position of Program Information Manager , the station’s point person for managing programming, event, and sponsorship information, both within the station and to the public. Responsibilities include: Creating program traffic logs; scheduling underwriting credits, program promotion, and fundraising promotion. Editing copy for KALW’s air, website and social media. Overseeing weekly programming and traffic meetings, and...

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