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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9:15am

Wed May 30, 2012
Politics

Today on Your Call: What are San Francisco values -- and where did they come from?

On today’s Your Call, Holly Kernan talks with David Talbot, founder of Salon.com, and author of the new book Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love.  Talbot chronicles the turbulent times from 1967 to 1982 in Northern California and how some of the hippies, outcast and healers of the 60s became the bombers and murderers of the 70s.  What’s the continuing impact of those times on Northern California?  And what are San Francisco values today? 

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11:17am

Tue May 29, 2012
HEAR HERE: A POP-UP RADIO PROJECT

Hear Here is going LIVE on June 2nd!

What do an accidental pinata-maker, an aspiring hip hop artist, a perennial politician, and a beekeeper have in common? You can hear all of their stories, and more, this Saturday, June 2, at the Polish Club in San Francisco.

Help KALW celebrate the launch of Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project at a live storytelling event. Learn about the diverse characters that make up the cities of Oakland and San Francisco through the words of oral storytellers, local radio reporters, and musicians.

Performers include:

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12:00am

Tue May 29, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Today on Your Call: What's in store for the future of the food stamp program?

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the new documentary Food Stamped. One out of eight Americans are on food stamps. There are 2.6 million in California . That’s more than ever. The average allotment is about a $1.20 a meal. Americans support doubling food stamp benefits. Is it possible to get enough food on a dollar a meal? What will it take to reverse this trend? It’s Your Call with me, Rose Aguilar, and you.

Guests:

Yoav Potash, an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and social justice advocate

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9:05am

Sun May 27, 2012
KATHI GOLDMARK, 1948-2012

Farewell, Kathi

We were saddened to receive the news that Kathi Kamen Goldmark, longtime producer for West Coast Live, died on May 24 (2012) at UCSF Medical Center after a long battle with breast cancer. 

Kathi had a gift for bringing people together, and putting on a show.  She was great to work with, and had a sense of humor that never stopped. 

Thank you, Kathi, and farewell.

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12:00am

Fri May 25, 2012
Politics

Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable - Protesting NATO

Paul Vercammen CNN

On the next Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the NATO Summit and protests. Much of the focus was on the future of Afghanistan. On Sunday, 50 veterans threw their medals toward the summit, saying no amount of medals or flags can cover the amount of human suffering caused by the occupation. We’ll be joined by Truthout’s Yana Kunichoff, The Indypendent’s Arun Gupta, and the Guardian’s Emma Graham-Harrison. Where did you see the best reporting this week? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

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