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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8:02am

Mon October 29, 2012
SPORTS

Giants sweep!

Giants reliever Sergio Romo embraces Buster Posey after striking out the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera to end World Series 2012.

The San Francisco Giants won their second World Series in three years in convincing fashion, sweeping the Detroit Tigers with a 4-3 victory Sunday night.  San Francisco will celebrate the World Series champions with a parade on Wednesday.

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6:51am

Wed October 24, 2012

9:33am

Tue October 23, 2012
POLITICS

The Third Party Presidential Debate

On Tuesday night, KALW broadcast the debate among third party presidential candidates moderated by Larry King.  The debate featured Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, and Rocky Anderson of the newly formed Justice Party.  See C-Span's archived video of the event here.

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7:45am

Tue October 23, 2012
POLITICS

KALW 91.7FM in SF will broadcast Third Party Presidential Debate

Tonight at 6, KALW will broadcast tonight's debate between third party presidential candidates live on 91.7FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and streaming worldwide at kalw.org and on iTunes, TuneIn Radio, and the Public Radio Player. 


The debate, moderated by Larry King, will feature Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party. 

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10:49am

Wed October 17, 2012
SMILEY & WEST

Smiley & West: What do you think?

At the end of September, WBEZ – Chicago’s primary NPR affiliate – made the decision to drop Smiley & West from its schedule.  This week, Tavis Smiley released a public letter responding to the cancellation, and to comments made by Chicago Public Media president and CEO Torey Malatia, who said the show was “becoming like Democracy Now" and veering too far from WBEZ’s declaration of principles.

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