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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3:45pm

Thu February 23, 2012
public radio at noise pop

Noise Pop's Tribute to Public Radio

This Saturday at 3:30pm, the Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco will be giving love to public radio at “Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Musicians Pay Tribute to Public Radio.”  Among the musicians on hand to talk about public radio as a vital platform for independent music: Thao Nguyen, John Vanderslice, Kevin Johnson, Zoe Keating, Quinn Deveaux, Sean Hayes and Jhameel – and they’ll be joined by Snap Judgment producer Stephanie Foo. 

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8:46am

Thu February 23, 2012
SFUSD SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

Want to contribute to San Francisco's future?

If your business or nonprofit is ready to make an important contribution to San Francisco’s future, consider hosting a student intern this summer.

San Francisco public high school students pursuing in careers in finance, information technology, biotech, hospitality, law, and health science  are looking for summer internship opportunities.  They're motivated and ready for real-world work experience.   

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1:41pm

Wed February 22, 2012
voicebox

Weill's Voices . . . on Voicebox

On the next Voicebox, hear Stanford Music Professor Stephen Hinton discuss the vocal music of Kurt Weill and the singers who have helped to seal the German composer’s reputation over decades. 

Weill's Voices on Voicebox, Friday, February 24, from 10-11pm at 91.7FM or www.kalw.org.

 

9:13am

Sat February 18, 2012
selected shorts

Murakami and more on Selected Shorts

On  this week's Selected Shorts, hear a selection from 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, performed by Miriam Silverman and “The Night Bookmobile” by Audrey Niffenegger, performed by Christina Pickles.  Sunday at 5pm.

8:26am

Fri February 17, 2012
bullseye

Bullseye: Daniel Handler, Nico Muhly and the Sklar Brothers

 Daniel Handler delves into his memories of young love and high school frustrations to pen the novel Why We Broke Up -- the twist?

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