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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8:39am

Sun August 26, 2012
Broadcast interruption

Wednesday morning: We'll be off the air for a short time

Due to major electrical work at Burton High School, where our studios are located – KALW will be going off the air for a brief period this morning sometime after 11am.  We expect the interruption to programming to last no more than an hour. 

Thanks for bearing with us -- and for your support.

July 9, 2014

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.

11:57pm

Mon July 23, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Today on Your Call: Who benefits from microfinance?

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Hugh Sinclair, the author of Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic: How Microlending Lost Its Way and Betrayed the Poor. Sinclar argues that with a few exceptions, the $70 billion dollar industry is filled with corruption. What do you want to know about how this industry operates?  Join us live at 10am PST or post your comments here.  Have you donated money to a microfinancing institution? What will it take to ensure they actually help the poor? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

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8:28pm

Sun July 22, 2012
Minds Over Matter

Minds Over Matter

The Bay Area's Favorite Game Show  July 22, 2012 

2:26pm

Fri July 20, 2012
Arts & Culture

This Podcast Is Kicking Ass: How 99% Invisible Will Change Public Radio

Check out Wired.com's new feature on Roman Mars and 99% Invisible, the tiny show about design that started at KALW, has since had more than 2 million downloads on iTunes, and is currently in the midst of a hugely successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign.

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