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.”

Ways to Connect

On today's Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week we’ll have a conversation with Andrea Seabrook, former Capital Hill reporter for NPR. She says reporters need to stop coddling lawmakers, stop buying their red team, blue team narrative and ask harder questions of them. We’ll also talk about campaign coverage with the New York Review of Books Michael Massing. Where did you the best reporting this week? Join us live at 10 PDT or send an leave a comment here. It’s Your Call, with Matt Martin and you.

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On Thursday morning, KALW broadcast an on-air tribute to Alan Farley including dozens of messages from listeners and members of the arts community of the Bay Area, stories from Alan's friends and colleagues as well as calls from people around the community the opportunity to call in and sharing their appreciations and recollections of Alan.

 

Alan Farley, 1936-2012.

Alan Farley passed away at a friend's home in San Francisco early Sunday morning.

Join KALW for NPR's live coverage of the debate between the major party Vice Presidential candidates:  Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan.  Tonight from 6-8pm

You can follow NPR's complete election coverage here.

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a debate about Proposition 39, which would close tax loopholes for multistate companies and use the additional revenues for clean energy and education.  Proponents say closing the loopholes will generate $1B per year, while opponents say Prop 39 will cost jobs. Who is funding the Yes and No on Prop 39 campaigns? Join us at 10 or post your comment here. What questions do you have about Proposition 39? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Ralph Nader, consumer activist and author of the new book, The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future. What will it take to create an inclusive political system in the US? Do third parties have a future? Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. What questions do you have for Ralph Nader? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guest:

Ralph Nader, a longtime consumer advocate and former presidential candidate

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On the next Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss media coverage of the first presidential debate. What did you think of the questions? We’ll also talk about Wal-Mart Workers Strike at Multiple Stores across the country, and Venezuela's  presidential election. We’ll be joined by veteran journalist David Cay Johnston, freelance journalist Josh Eidelson,and the Guardian’s Rory Carroll. Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. Where did you see the best reporting this week?  It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Join KALW for NPR's special coverage of the third anf inal debate between Democratic nominee President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Governor Mitt Romney, hosted by Guy Raz and Audie Cornish.  Monday from 6-8pm.

Click here to follow NPR's complete election coverage, including real-time fact-checking during the debate. 

On today's Your Call, we’ll continue our election coverage with a debate on Proposition 32. If it passes, it would ban unions and corporations from extracting money from employee paychecks for political campaigns.  Supporters say it gets “special interests” out of politics.  Opponents say it unfairly targets unions and leaves exemptions for corporations.  What do you want to know about Prop 32?  Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here.  What would true campaign finance reform look like?  It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.

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Now, it's not you -- our MP3 and Windows streams are experiencing some hiccups this morning, and we're working with our network and stream providers to get the problem fixed right away.  Thanks for bearing with us!

On today's Your Call, it's our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly. We’ll also talk about the impacts of the oil boom on communities in North Dakota and Montana. We’ll be joined by freelance journalist Evelyn Nieves, McClatchy’s Kevin Hall and 100 Reporters’ Chad Bouchard. Where did you see the best reporting this week? Join us at 10am pst or leave a comment here. It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Thanks to the incredible response from listeners during the Fall Membership Campaign, KALW now has nearly 12,500 active members.   As 77% of Local Public Radio’s budget comes directly from listeners, a growing base of individual supporters is critical to the station’s future.  

The commitment and generosity of KALW listeners has significantly improved the station's financial standing over the past two years.  At the end of  FY2012 on June 30th, KALW's cash reserves stood at $343,272, up more than $200,000 from a year earlier. 

The leader of the world’s biggest democracy and one of the most powerful women in the country said they just couldn’t manage to talk to each other. "I waited and waited but didn’t even get a text message" said the chief minister. "But I left two messages and she didn’t answer" said the Prime Minister’s office......

 

Do you ever wonder how to make great ideas a reality, right where you live or work?  

That’s the goal of Chew on This – a new program being launched by KALW and hosted by independent producer Lisa Rothman.

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the banking crisis of 2008. Not one executive has been charged or imprisoned. In the late 1980s, during the Savings and Loan crisis, over 1,000 cases resulted in more than 800 jailed bank officials. What’s different about this crisis? Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. Who do you think should be held responsible for the financial crisis? Should they face criminal charges? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar

Guests:

Mark Calabria, director of financial regulation studies at the Cato Institute

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Martin Duberman, author of Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left.  The late historian, educator, and activist would have turned 90 this August.  Zinn is most famous for his book, A People’s History of the United States.  Duberman writes that Zinn felt he’d been “born with class consciousness.” Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here. How has Howard Zinn’s life and works affected your own? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.   Guest:

On the next Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David and tax expert, David Cay Johnston about his new book “ The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind.” He argues that no other modern country gives corporations the unfettered power found in America to gouge customers, shortchange workers, and erect barriers to fair play. How can ordinary citizens stand up to powerful corporations? Join us live at 10am PST or post a comment here. It’s Your Call, How did corporations gain so much power?

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about tax propositions 30 and 38. They  aim to increase the personal income tax in California and use the extra revenue to fund education. If one of these doesn't pass, schools will see even more cuts. How would these propositions tackle the budget crisis and cuts to education? Join us live at 10 or send an email to feedback@yourcallradio.org. How are you going to vote on the tax initiatives? And what happens if both Prop 30 and 38 Pass in November?  It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

On today's Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll have a conversation with investigative journalist Craig Unger about his new book “BOSS ROVE: Inside Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power." We’ll also discuss the media coverage of the attacks on US embassies in Cario and Benghazi, Libya with Financial Times’ Borzou Daragahi. Who is behind these attacks and why? Join us live at 10 or send an email to feedback@yourcallradio.org. Where did you see the best reporting this week? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you

Call 800-525-9917 or click here to donate on-line and help make KALW's no-interruption Fall Membership Campaign a success.  Thank you!

How can we save CCSF?

Sep 7, 2012

A special two-hour live broadcast of Your Call from the City College of San Francisco focusing on the crisis at CCSF, which is threatened with closure if it loses its accreditation.

The strength of public radio comes from the grassroots:  From listener support, and local stations willing to take risks to create something new.  At KALW, that means distinctive a local mix of local, national and global programming -- plus an innovation we all appreciate: The no-interruption membership campaign.

KALW's Fall Membership Campaign began with a goal of $325,000.  Now, thanks to one listener at a time giving their generous support, we're down to just $1,000 to go. If you've helped us get this far -- THANK YOU.

333 Thank Yous

Sep 6, 2012

It’s the first day of KALW’s no-interruption Fall Membership Campaign, and we're going to be thanking listeners all day long.  Our goal is to thank 333 members today.

City Visions host Joseph Pace speaks with Ed Reiskin, head of San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency. Find out the latest on the Central Subway project, Sunday parking and fleet improvements -- and hear Ed's reflections on his first year in one of the city's toughest jobs.

Due to major electrical work at Burton High School, where our studios are located – KALW will be going off the air for a brief period this morning sometime after 11am.  We expect the interruption to programming to last no more than an hour. 

Thanks for bearing with us -- and for your support.

July 9, 2014

Alan talks with Alan Hollinghurst about his latest novel, "The Stranger's Child." [rebroadcast]

Airs Sunday 7/29 at 6:30pm.

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Hugh Sinclair, the author of Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic: How Microlending Lost Its Way and Betrayed the Poor. Sinclar argues that with a few exceptions, the $70 billion dollar industry is filled with corruption. What do you want to know about how this industry operates?  Join us live at 10am PST or post your comments here.  Have you donated money to a microfinancing institution? What will it take to ensure they actually help the poor? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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Minds Over Matter

Jul 22, 2012

The Bay Area's Favorite Game Show  July 22, 2012 

Check out Wired.com's new feature on Roman Mars and 99% Invisible, the tiny show about design that started at KALW, has since had more than 2 million downloads on iTunes, and is currently in the midst of a hugely successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign.

Your Legal Rights

Jul 18, 2012

July 18, 2012  Chuck's guest is Dr. Maryanne McGuckin, a medical specialist in infectious disease prevention in hospitals.

Gasland

On the today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about hydraulic fracturing, which involves blasting huge amounts of chemicals, sand and water into the ground, which enables trapped oil and gas to escape. How much fracking is happening in California? How should it be tracked and regulated?  Who is pushing for fracking in California? And how are communities organizing against it? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you

Guests:

Dan Jacobson, legislative director for Environment California

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