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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5:18pm

Thu October 11, 2012
REMEMBERING ALAN

Listen Now: On-Air Tribute to Alan Farley

On Thursday morning, KALW broadcast an on-air tribute to Alan Farley including dozens of messages from listeners and members of the arts community of the Bay Area, stories from Alan's friends and colleagues as well as calls from people around the community the opportunity to call in and sharing their appreciations and recollections of Alan.

 

Alan Farley, 1936-2012.

Alan Farley passed away at a friend's home in San Francisco early Sunday morning.

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7:09am

Thu October 11, 2012
Politics

Tonight at 6: The Vice Presidential Debate

Join KALW for NPR's live coverage of the debate between the major party Vice Presidential candidates:  Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan.  Tonight from 6-8pm

You can follow NPR's complete election coverage here.

12:00am

Tue October 9, 2012
Politics

Today on Your Call: How should California tax out-of-state businesses?

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a debate about Proposition 39, which would close tax loopholes for multistate companies and use the additional revenues for clean energy and education.  Proponents say closing the loopholes will generate $1B per year, while opponents say Prop 39 will cost jobs. Who is funding the Yes and No on Prop 39 campaigns? Join us at 10 or post your comment here. What questions do you have about Proposition 39? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


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12:43am

Mon October 8, 2012
Politics

Today on Your Call: Ralph Nader on what it will take to shake up the US political system

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Ralph Nader, consumer activist and author of the new book, The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future. What will it take to create an inclusive political system in the US? Do third parties have a future? Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. What questions do you have for Ralph Nader? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


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Ralph Nader, a longtime consumer advocate and former presidential candidate


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12:17am

Fri October 5, 2012
Politics

Today on Your Call: Media Roundtable

On the next Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss media coverage of the first presidential debate. What did you think of the questions? We’ll also talk about Wal-Mart Workers Strike at Multiple Stores across the country, and Venezuela's  presidential election. We’ll be joined by veteran journalist David Cay Johnston, freelance journalist Josh Eidelson,and the Guardian’s Rory Carroll. Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. Where did you see the best reporting this week?  It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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