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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1:44pm

Tue April 28, 2015
APRIL 29, 2015

Celebrate ten years of Out in the Bay!

Out in the Bay hosts Marilyn Pittman and Eric Jansen

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.

10:12am

Fri April 10, 2015
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: In and out of LOVE

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. 

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7:10am

Thu April 9, 2015
Arts & Culture

Bluegrass Signal: Peter Thompson celebrates 40 years in radio

Peter Thompson with a small part of the tape collection at Vancouver Co-op Radio in the mid-'80s

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.

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10:20am

Mon April 6, 2015
Arts & Culture

Monday at 7pm: "We'll Be Here All Night: Stories for Passover"

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 Magazine’s podcast Vox Tablet and PRX.

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6:26am

Thu March 26, 2015
Arts & Culture

UnderCover Presents a Tribute to Bob Marley's "Exodus"

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.

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