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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9:19am

Thu March 1, 2012
smiley & west

Arun Gandhi on Smiley & West

On this week's Smiley & West, a conversation with Arun Gandhi about his grandfather's legacy, and the future of nonviolence.  Friday at 1pm.

2:08pm

Tue February 28, 2012
BBC WORLD SERVICE 80TH ANNIVERSARY

The BBC World Service Celebrates 80

On February 29, 1932, the BBC launched its Empire Service on shortwave – 80 years later, you know it as the World Service, and hear it throughout the day on KALW. 

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7:02am

Tue February 28, 2012
open air

Lou Harrison's "World of Music"

Alan Farley talks with filmmaker Eva Soltes about her documentary "Lou Harrison - A World of Music," which will premiere at the Castro Theatre next week.  Hear the Open Air broadcast anytime this week here.           Thursday at 7pm, the filmmaker talks with Eric Jansen on Out in the Bay.

8:43am

Sun February 26, 2012
alternative radio

Pakistan: A journalist's view

Beena Sarwar is a veteran independent Pakistani journalist and documentary filmmaker.  Hear her take on Pakistan, its relationship with the US, and the state of journalism on this week's Alternative Radio, Monday at 1pm. 

Sarwar is the Pakistan editor of Aman ki Asha, a joint initiative of “The News” in Pakistan and “The Times of India.” She was a producer for GEO TV, the largest 24/7 news channel in Pakistan.

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8:31am

Sun February 26, 2012
the state we're in

The State We're In: Sister Fa

Sister Fa is the most popular hip hop artist in Senegal, and one of the most powerful critics of female genital mutilation in her country.  Hear her story on The State We're In, Monday at Noon. 

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