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.”

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12:00am

Fri May 25, 2012
Politics

Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable - Protesting NATO

Paul Vercammen CNN

On the next Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the NATO Summit and protests. Much of the focus was on the future of Afghanistan. On Sunday, 50 veterans threw their medals toward the summit, saying no amount of medals or flags can cover the amount of human suffering caused by the occupation. We’ll be joined by Truthout’s Yana Kunichoff, The Indypendent’s Arun Gupta, and the Guardian’s Emma Graham-Harrison. Where did you see the best reporting this week? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

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2:42pm

Fri May 18, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Confronting Inequality: Barbara Ehrenreich + Smiley & West

On Monday morning from 10 to Noon, tune to 91.7FM for two hours of critical conversation about rising poverty and inequality in the U.S., its effects on our society and democracy, and how we can take action. 

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4:08pm

Thu May 3, 2012
THIS AMERICAN LIFE LIVE!

Donate to KALW & be part of This American Life LIVE!

This Thursday, May 10th at 8pm, Ira Glass and This American Life will do a live show in New York City that will be broadcast via satellite to theaters across the country.  Ira Glass will be joined by David Rakoff, Mike Birbiglia, Glynn Washington and other special guests, including the band OK Go!

You can be there – and help support KALW’s May Membership Campaign.

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3:04pm

Tue May 1, 2012
SMILEY & WEST AT THE PARAMOUNT

In Photos: Smiley & West at The Paramount

On Saturday, more than 1900 people came to The Paramount Theatre in Oakland to hear Tavis Smiley & Dr. Cornel West talk about their new book The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto.  

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12:00am

Wed April 25, 2012
Earth Day

Today on Your Call: Is Earth Day effective?

 

On today's Your Call we’ll reflect on Earth Day. Environmental journalist Mark Hertsgaard believes that Earth Day is becoming a bland, tired ritual that polluters and politicians have learned to ignore or co-opt. It’s time to reclaim Earth Day and return it to its 1970s roots when millions took to the streets. What will it take to get millions into the streets today? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. How would you save Earth Day and the environmental movement? It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.

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