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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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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9:25am

Wed February 15, 2012
BBC Special

BBC Special: The Bombardment of Homs

The Syrian city of Homs has seen some of the worst violence in the government's crackdown against opposition activists and armed fighters in the country. BBC reporter Paul Wood and his team managed to slip into Homs as the bombardment of the city was getting underway. Tune in to KALW Thursday at 5:30pm to hear a special report in which Paul tells the story of his four days in Homs - how the story unfolded; how he reported it and what life is like for residents of a city under fire. 

7:03am

Fri February 10, 2012
PHILOSOPHY TALK

Philosophy Talk: The Dionysus Awards

Movies play a large role in modern life. We enjoy watching them; we idolize the actors and actresses who appear in them; we analyze the directors. But how well do movies tackle bigger philosophical questions?  With the help of listeners and special guests, Philosophy Talk hosts John Perry and Ken Taylor turn a philosophical eye to the past year's cinematic offerings, and present their 4th annual Dionysus Awards for the most philosophically-rich films of the past year.

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12:00am

Fri January 27, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Today on Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

On Today's Your Call, it's our Friday media roundtable. With so much talk about how much Mitt Romney paid in taxes, how are the media covering our tax system? We’ll also discuss the growing debt crisis in Europe and the ongoing debt relief deal talks in Greece where the names of 4,000-tax evaders have been published. We’ll be joined by Reuters’ David Cay Johnston and the Globe and Mail’s Eric Reguly joins us from Rome. Where did you see best reporting this week? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you. 

Guests:

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9:08pm

Tue January 24, 2012
keep kalw strong

We did it!

Listener support has made KALW a powerful resource for the public life and creative communities of the Bay Area.  

And in our just-concluded January Membership Campaign, the passion and generosity of KALW listeners helped us surpass our goal of $100,000 and ensure this station is ready to keep innovating and serving the community.

Thank you for keeping Local Public Radio strong and independent.  We love making radio in partnership with you.

 

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