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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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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7:33am

Wed October 3, 2012
Politics

Tonight at 6: The Final Presidential Debate

Join KALW for NPR's special coverage of the third anf inal debate between Democratic nominee President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Governor Mitt Romney, hosted by Guy Raz and Audie Cornish.  Monday from 6-8pm.

Click here to follow NPR's complete election coverage, including real-time fact-checking during the debate. 

12:00am

Wed October 3, 2012
Prop 32 debate

Today on Your Call: What's the best way to limit big money’s influence on politics in California?


On today's Your Call, we’ll continue our election coverage with a debate on Proposition 32. If it passes, it would ban unions and corporations from extracting money from employee paychecks for political campaigns.  Supporters say it gets “special interests” out of politics.  Opponents say it unfairly targets unions and leaves exemptions for corporations.  What do you want to know about Prop 32?  Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here.  What would true campaign finance reform look like?  It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.

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9:52am

Mon October 1, 2012
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES

Problems with our live streams

Now, it's not you -- our MP3 and Windows streams are experiencing some hiccups this morning, and we're working with our network and stream providers to get the problem fixed right away.  Thanks for bearing with us!

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