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.”



Fri January 25, 2013
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: In and Out of LOVE Park

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.  Designed by Edmund Bacon and Vincent Kling, the park was fashioned in high modernism:  sleek, granite benches; geometric raised planter beds, and long expanses of pavement.  Its success as a pedestrian plaza is debatable.  

But it turned out to be perfect for skateboarding. 

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Thu January 24, 2013

Special Coverage: State of the State Address

Governor Jerry Brown delivers his State of the State address this morning at 9am.  KALW will bring you Capital Public Radio's live coverage of the address, plus analysis and the Republican response.  And at 10am on Your Call, stay tuned for a conversation about Governor Brown's budget, and what it will mean for social services in California..


Wed January 23, 2013
Arts & Culture

Bullseye Live at SF Sketchfest!

On Saturday, Jesse Thorn will record an episode of Bullseye live at The Punchline Comedy Club as part of the San Francisco Sketchfest

Guests on the show will be Boots Riley of The Coup and 99% Invisible’s Roman Mars.

It’s Bullseye live – this Saturday, January 26th at 4pm at The Punchline in San Francisco – information and tickets at S-F


Mon January 21, 2013
Arts & Culture

Listen Now: SFJAZZ Center Opening Night Concert

Esperanza Spalding

This week, SF Jazz will celebrate the opening of the new SF Jazz Center.  Capping the celebration was the opening night concert hosted by Bill Cosby, and featuring performances by McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Joshua Redman, Bobby Hutcherson, Esperanza Spalding, Mary Stallings, John Handy, Pete Escovedo, the SFJAZZ Collective, and many more. 

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Thu December 20, 2012

2012: The Year in Scandal, Spin and Cover-Up

BP's Deepwater Horizon rig

In a KALW special, Bay Area journalist and author Mark Hertsgaard talks to crisis communication expert Chris Lehane, author of Masters of Disaster: The Ten Commandments of Damage Control about the crimes and missteps that made big news in 2012 – and those that should have, from Mitt Romney's 47% comments to the largest criminal settlement ever against BP.  Tuesday, December

25th at 8pm and Monday, December 31st at Noon.

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