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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7:06am

Fri September 28, 2012
Politics

Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

On today's Your Call, it's our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly. We’ll also talk about the impacts of the oil boom on communities in North Dakota and Montana. We’ll be joined by freelance journalist Evelyn Nieves, McClatchy’s Kevin Hall and 100 Reporters’ Chad Bouchard. Where did you see the best reporting this week? Join us at 10am pst or leave a comment here. It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


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1:39pm

Thu September 27, 2012
KALW FINANCES

How we put your support to work

Thanks to the incredible response from listeners during the Fall Membership Campaign, KALW now has nearly 12,500 active members.   As 77% of Local Public Radio’s budget comes directly from listeners, a growing base of individual supporters is critical to the station’s future.  

The commitment and generosity of KALW listeners has significantly improved the station's financial standing over the past two years.  At the end of  FY2012 on June 30th, KALW's cash reserves stood at $343,272, up more than $200,000 from a year earlier. 

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10:50am

Wed September 26, 2012
Dispatches from Kolkata

Missed Connections in a Mobile World


The leader of the world’s biggest democracy and one of the most powerful women in the country said they just couldn’t manage to talk to each other. "I waited and waited but didn’t even get a text message" said the chief minister. "But I left two messages and she didn’t answer" said the Prime Minister’s office......


 

9:09am

Wed September 26, 2012
chew on this

Chew On This: Be part of the live pilot recording!

Do you ever wonder how to make great ideas a reality, right where you live or work?  


That’s the goal of Chew on This – a new program being launched by KALW and hosted by independent producer Lisa Rothman.

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7:12am

Tue September 25, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Today on Your Call: Who should be held responsible for the financial crisis?

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the banking crisis of 2008. Not one executive has been charged or imprisoned. In the late 1980s, during the Savings and Loan crisis, over 1,000 cases resulted in more than 800 jailed bank officials. What’s different about this crisis? Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. Who do you think should be held responsible for the financial crisis? Should they face criminal charges? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar



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