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

This week, SF Jazz will celebrate the opening of the new SF Jazz Center.  Capping the celebration was the opening night concert hosted by Bill Cosby, and featuring performances by McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Joshua Redman, Bobby Hutcherson, Esperanza Spalding, Mary Stallings, John Handy, Pete Escovedo, the SFJAZZ Collective, and many more. 

In a KALW special, Bay Area journalist and author Mark Hertsgaard talks to crisis communication expert Chris Lehane, author of Masters of Disaster: The Ten Commandments of Damage Control about the crimes and missteps that made big news in 2012 – and those that should have, from Mitt Romney's 47% comments to the largest criminal settlement ever against BP.  Tuesday, December

25th at 8pm and Monday, December 31st at Noon.

At 7pm on Christmas Eve, join Festivo Alt.Latino for a holiday travelogue through the eyes and ears of four Latin Alternative musicians who put aside their contemporary sounds and go back to their musical and cultural roots.

Is gardening possible for renters, or those of us without big yards or easy access to a nearby community garden?

We'll be answering this question and many more about gardening on the next episode of Chew On This – a new show launching at KALW.

Landlord-tenant disputes.

Award-winning documentaries from the Third Coast Radio Festival, the premier competition for radio documentaries from around the world.  Hosted by award-winning writer, producer and humorist, Gwen Macsai, with excerpts from the awards ceremony which were hosted by The Kitchen Sisters.  Monday 7pm. 

The Green Festival – the nation’s largest event devoted to sustainable economies and sustainable communities – returns to San Francisco this Saturday and Sunday at the Concourse Exhibition Center, located at 8th & Brannan Streets.  Learn more at greenfestivals.org, and tune to 91.7FM as Rose Aguilar hosts KALW’s annual Green Festival broadcast on Saturday from Noon to 2.

Get ready for some screamin', some pleadin' and some shimmyin' on this week's Sound Opinions. 50 years after it was recorded, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look back at James Brown's Live at the Apollo album with his biographer RJ Smith. Then they review Neil Young's 2nd album of 2012 and the debut record from Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar.  Sunday at 2pm.

 


Beginning at 5pm, join Your Call host Rose Aguilar and long-time political analyst Larry Bensky for comprehensive election night coverage, broadcast from the Freight & Salvage in downtown Berkeley in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Berkeley.

We'll bring you up-to-the-minute results in the Presidential, Senate and House races, and connect you with activists and reporters in key states across the country. 

Throughout the night, you'll hear headlines from the BBC and informed, independent analysis from Bay Area experts including Sylvia Allegretto (UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor & Economics), Mark Hertsgaard (HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth), Ethel Long-Scott (Women's Economic Agenda Project), Daniel Newman (Maplight), and Lance Williams (California Watch).

You can participate, too:  Post your questions and comments right here, and Rose Aguilar will be reading them throughout the night and asking her guests to respond.

Giants sweep!

Oct 29, 2012

The San Francisco Giants won their second World Series in three years in convincing fashion, sweeping the Detroit Tigers with a 4-3 victory Sunday night.  San Francisco will celebrate the World Series champions with a parade on Wednesday.

On Tuesday night, KALW broadcast the debate among third party presidential candidates moderated by Larry King.  The debate featured Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, and Rocky Anderson of the newly formed Justice Party.  See C-Span's archived video of the event here.

Tonight at 6, KALW will broadcast tonight's debate between third party presidential candidates live on 91.7FM in the San Francisco Bay Area and streaming worldwide at kalw.org and on iTunes, TuneIn Radio, and the Public Radio Player. 

The debate, moderated by Larry King, will feature Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party. 

At the end of September, WBEZ – Chicago’s primary NPR affiliate – made the decision to drop Smiley & West from its schedule.  This week, Tavis Smiley released a public letter responding to the cancellation, and to comments made by Chicago Public Media president and CEO Torey Malatia, who said the show was “becoming like Democracy Now" and veering too far from WBEZ’s declaration of principles.

On today’s Your Call, we'll have a conversation with veteran journalists Donald Barlett and James Steele, authors of The Betrayal of the American Dream. They argue that since the 1980s, the ruling elite, with the help of Republican and Democratic politicians, have sold their business-friendly reforms to the American people in the name of economic efficiency. Instead, the middle class has been systematically impoverished. Join us  at 10am PST or post your comment here. What will it take to achieve equity and prosperity for everyone? 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 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.

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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.

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