Matt Martin

General Manager

Matt Martin became KALW’s general manager in 2006.  Under his leadership, KALW has grown into one of the most productive and innovative stations in public radio.  Programs launched at KALW during Matt’s tenure as GM include the award-winning local newsmagazine Crosscurrentsthe design podcast 99% Invisible, and the Spanish-language narrative journalism program Radio Ambulante.  He helped create the station’s Audio Academy, a year-long program aimed at developing new talents in public radio, and led the first broad-based strategic planning process in the station’s history.

Matt 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.”

Ways to Connect

This week on KALW's showcase for the best in public radio podcasts . . .Radio Diaries: Strange Fruit - Voices of a Lynching” Poet and songwriter Abel Meeropol wrote “Strange Fruit” after seeing a photograph of two black teenagers hanging from a tree.  Decades later, a box of recordings was found in a basement containing the recollections of people who witnessed or took part in the events of that day.

On the latest Manager's Report to the Listeners, KALW General Manager Matt Martin talks about some big news at KALW:  After 14 years at the station, News Director Holly Kernan is going to be leaving KALW.  Matt shares his thoughts about Holly's departure, and his appreciation for the visionary work she has done creating and growing Crosscurrents and KALW News.  He also responds to listener e-mails about coverage of Gaza, the station's new fundraising partnership with My Broker Donates, and the pilots of the new music show Liner Notes.

POSITION AVAILABLE

Producer for Your Call on 91.7 KALW-FM, San Francisco.

ABOUT YOUR CALL & KALW

Your Call is a listener participation program broadcast weekdays from 10-11am on KALW-FM public radio in San Francisco, KUSP/Central Coast Public Radio, and streaming live on the internet. 

As humans have developed cities and built environments, we have also needed to develop ways to find our way through them.  Today, signage and other cues to help you find your way come from the field of environmental graphic design, or “wayfinding.”  Chances are that any signs in an airport, in a hospital, or on a freeway, were created by professional wayfinders.

99% Invisible.  Friday at 7:35am & 4:45pm.  Saturday at 8:35am.

This week on KALW's showcase for the best in public radio podcasts . . .

Radio Ambulante Unscripted:  "Building Bridges and Smuggling Books"  Daniel Alarcón speaks with writer and activist Tony Diaz, - a.k.a. Librotraficante - one of the leaders of a nation-wide movement in favor of Mexican-American and Ethnic Studies.

From the August 15,2014 edition of the Your Call media roundtable:  Stories recommended by panelists Jonathan Landay, national security and intelligence reporter for McClatchy Newspapers; Martin Chulov, Middle East correspondent for The Guardian; and David Barstow, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Lawyers have an ethics code. Journalists have an ethics code. Architects do, too.

According to Ethical Standard 1.4 of the American Institute of Architects (AIA):  "Members should uphold human rights in all their professional endeavors." 

This week on KALW's showcase for the best in public radio podcasts . . .

One with Farai "Hacking Race & Technology" Technologist Kimberly Bryant talks with Farai about why she founded the nonprofit Black Girls Code.

  

99% Invisible: "Duplitecture"The best knock-offs in the world are in China. There are plenty of fake designer handbags and Rolexes but China’s knock-offs go way beyond fashion. There are knock-off Apple stores that look so much like the real thing, some employees believe they are working in real Apple stores.  And then there are entire knock-off cities.

Friday at 7:35am and 4:45pm, Saturday at 8:35am.

Radio Ambulante Unscripted: "Riding The Beast" Host Daniel Alarcón talks to investigative journalist Oscar Martinez about his experience riding the "The Beast," the infamous train that takes migrants through Mexico on their way to the United States.

Before the 1850s, dentures were made out of very hard, very painful and very expensive material, like gold or ivory. They were a luxury item. The invention of Vulcanite hard rubber changed everything. Everyone began making dentures with Vulcanite bases. But in 1864, a long disputed patent application was acquired by the Goodyear Dental Vulcanite Company, an outfit created to collect fees, or very often, sue dentists who already used vulcanite.  And there were plenty of dentists to go after. 

99% Invisible: "Duplitecture"  The best knock-offs in the world are in China. There are plenty of fake designer handbags and Rolexes but China’s knock-offs go way beyond fashion. There are knock-off Apple stores that look so much like the real thing, some employees believe they are working in real Apple stores.  And then there are entire knock-off cities.

Due to major electrical work at Burton High School, where our studios are located – KALW was off the air from noon to just before 1 o'clock. 

Thanks for bearing with us -- and Binah will be back next week!

The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in Morocco explores the vast repertoire of music and rhythms created across the globe since the dawn of time. 

Mimi Pond was an art school dropout in 1970s Oakland, and she was trying to figure out what to be. She walked into a diner and asked for a job application. Instead of a resume, the manager asked her to tell him a joke. She got the job.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of This is Spinal Tap. Its director and one of its stars, Rob Reiner, joins Jim Derogatis and Greg Kot on Sound Opinions this week to talk all things Spinal Tap. Then Jim and Greg review the new album from the wonderfully moody Morrissey.  Sunday at 2pm.

Anna Wolf

  

One with Farai: “A Woman, A Writer, A Wit”  Farai Chideya speaks with New York Times Book Review columnist Anna Holmes, who applies her wit to questions of everything from womanhood, children in New York, and her former job as the editor of Jezebel.com.  From PRI's SoundworksThursday at 5:30pm.

Nancy Mullane

Life of the Law: “Jailhouse Lawyers” 

 

In California, there are hundreds if not thousands of people practicing criminal law though they’ve never passed a bar exam. They’re inmates who pursue the equivalent of a lawyer’s education and who work as lawyers from within prison walls.

KALW is proud to be the local public radio sponsor as NPR's hit show Snap Judgment electrifies San Francisco's Nourse Theatre with two nights of "Storytelling, with a beat."

Led by Snap's Glynn Washington, the world's top storytellers are coming to rock stage Snap like it's never been rocked.  Be there!

Tickets now on sale at CityBoxOffice.com.

Friday, August 1, 2014   8:00pm
Saturday, August 2, 2014   8:00pm
 

Reveal 3, the latest pilot from the Peabody Award-winning program produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.

In this episode: an investigation into accidents and equipment failures in the military; a collaborative investigation into US water standards; and another in CIR's series of investigations into the treatment of military veterans.

Friday, July 4th at 11am and Monday, July 7th at 7pm.

San Francisco's Hunters Point Shipyard has played many roles. In the 1940s, it became a magnet for African Americans migrating from the South seeking jobs in the Navy's shipbuilding and maintenance industry. In the 1970s, when the military started to leave, it became an empty shell – a massive, polluted space eventually designated a Superfund site. Now, it's being redeveloped with the promise of new housing, jobs and open space. But in today's San Francisco, who is it for?

99% Invisible: Ten Thousand Years  In 1990, the federal government invited a group of  geologists, linguists, astrophysicists, architects, artists, and writers to the New Mexico desert, to visit the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the nation’s only permanent underground repository for nuclear waste.

Join KALW station manager Matt Martin Thurday April 28th at 5pm for the Manager's Report to the Listeners.

Station manager Matt Martin updates listeners on upcoming changes to KALW's weekend schedule and gives a personal tribute to announcer Joe Burke, who's retiring after 28 years at the station.  Listeners can call in at  415-841-4134, and you can also e-mail Matt with questions or comments at matt@kalw.org.

Thursday, April 28th 5pm to 6pm.

This week, NPR's Heavy Rotation series features Emmanuel Nado, co-host of Africa Mix, heard Thursday nights from 9-11pm on KALW.

Emmanuel highlighted the song "L.A." by Habib Koite.  Hear the Morning Edition feature with Emmanuel here

On Memorial Day, tune in for Shake it, a new documentary that takes a tender look at two modern photo technologies - Polaroid and digital photography - and the human and visual connections we make with them.

Life of the Law: The Necessity Defense  Cannibals, cannabis-growers, Vietnam War protesters, and prison escapees all have something in common: The necessity defense. We explore the origins and uses of this rare long-shot defense argument, which says in essence, “Yes, I’m guilty of committing a crime...."

 

Tonight on Tangents, Dore Stein's Tangential mix will include the sounds of Natalia M. King's new album SoulBlazz.

 

Undercover Presents is a Bay Area project brings together an eclectic mix of local musicians to reinterpret classic albums from start to finish, in the studio and in live performance.  They've taken on influential records from Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground, and Sly & The Family Stone --

In celebration of 25 years on "Folk Music & Beyond" on KALW, JoAnn Mar and Bob Campbell have put together a brand new "Best-Of" collection, featuring highlights of live performances recorded in the KALW studios.

 

Join Fascinatin' Rhythm host Michael Lasser for a 3-hour special exploring Kurt Weill's years in America. Friday from 8pm-11pm.

Pages