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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12:00am

Fri January 20, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Photograph: Sunday Alamba/AP

On This week's media roundtable. we’ll discuss coverage of taxes and ongoing budget cuts in California. We’ll also talk about coverage of President Obama saying no, for now, to the Keystone Pipe line and the mass protests in Nigeria. We’ll be joined by the Sacramento Bee’s Phillip Reese, Mother Jones’ Kate Sheppard and freelance journalist Gillian Parker joins us from Nigeria. Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. Where did you see the best reporting this week? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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2:47pm

Wed January 18, 2012
PLANET MONEY ON EURO CRISIS

This American Life: Continental Break-Up

On this week's This American Life, a Planet Money special on the economic crisis in Europe. If you're like us, when the words European Debt Crisis pop up in the news these days you feel a little worried, and a little like taking a nap. Turns out, there's a story behind this story. One that's filled with guilt, and drama, and betrayal, and 100-year-old dreams come true.

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2:47pm

Wed January 18, 2012
PLANET MONEY ON EURO CRISIS

This American Life: Continental Break-Up

On this week's This American Life, a Planet Money special on the economic crisis in Europe. If you're like us, when the words European Debt Crisis pop up in the news these days you feel a little worried, and a little like taking a nap. Turns out, there's a story behind this story. One that's filled with guilt, and drama, and betrayal, and 100-year-old dreams come true.

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1:07pm

Wed January 18, 2012
MANAGER'S REPORT

Manager's Report to the Listeners

KALW General Manager Matt Martin provides an update on Local Public Radio's plans for 2012, and takes listeners calls and e-mails on the Manager's Report to the Listeners.  You can also e-mail Matt at matt@kalw.org.

Related post:   KALW Program Changes for 2012

8:09am

Tue January 17, 2012
VoiceBox

VoiceBox: The Musicality of Rap

Listen this week anytime via KALW's Local Music Player.  Milwaukee-based emcee and poet Melissa Czarnik talks with host Chloe Veltman about the the music of rap.  Friday at 10pm.

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