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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6:51am

Fri September 7, 2012
FALL MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN

The goal is in sight! Support Local Public Radio at 800-525-9917!

The strength of public radio comes from the grassroots:  From listener support, and local stations willing to take risks to create something new.  At KALW, that means distinctive a local mix of local, national and global programming -- plus an innovation we all appreciate: The no-interruption membership campaign.

KALW's Fall Membership Campaign began with a goal of $325,000.  Now, thanks to one listener at a time giving their generous support, we're down to just $1,000 to go. If you've helped us get this far -- THANK YOU.

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6:19am

Thu September 6, 2012

12:38pm

Tue September 4, 2012
City Visions: September 10, 2012

A Conversation with SF MTA chief Ed Reiskin

City Visions host Joseph Pace speaks with Ed Reiskin, head of San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency. Find out the latest on the Central Subway project, Sunday parking and fleet improvements -- and hear Ed's reflections on his first year in one of the city's toughest jobs.

8:39am

Sun August 26, 2012
Broadcast interruption

Wednesday afternoon: Why we were off the air

At about 12:45pm, there was a power outage at KALW's transmitter site on Twin Peaks in San Francisco, knocking the station off the air.

Thanks to the rapid response of engineers Phil Hartman & Larry Wood, we resumed broadcasting at 1:20pm.  Glad to be back at 91.7FM!

12:03pm

Thu July 26, 2012
Book Talk 7/29

Alan Hollinghurst on Book Talk

Alan talks with Alan Hollinghurst about his latest novel, "The Stranger's Child." [rebroadcast]

Airs Sunday 7/29 at 6:30pm.

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