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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6:32am

Tue June 25, 2013
THE MOTH STORYSLAM

Tonight in San Francisco: The Moth StorySLAM

You hear The Moth Radio Hour - true stories, told live - Sunday nights at 6 on KALW. Now, you can be part of The Moth experience in person, at The Moth StorySLAM in San Francisco.
When the doors open, storyteller hopefuls put their names in The Moth "hat". A half hour later, names are picked, and one by one, storytellers take the stage. Each StorySLAM has a winner. And after ten slams, the winners face off in our GrandSLAM Championships.

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5:16am

Mon May 20, 2013
KALW'S SPRING CAMPAIGN

VIDEO: Who really powers KALW?

Believe it or not, it isn't just the coffee. It's this super secret source.

Local Powered Radio from KALW News on Vimeo.

5:16am

Mon May 20, 2013
KALW'S SPRING CAMPAIGN

VIDEO: What really powers KALW?

Believe it or not, it isn't just the coffee. It's this super secret source.

Local Powered Radio from KALW News on Vimeo.

5:16am

Mon May 20, 2013
KALW'S SPRING CAMPAIGN

VIDEO: What really powers KALW?

Believe it or not, it isn't just the coffee. It's this super secret source.

Local Powered Radio from KALW News on Vimeo.

7:43am

Sun May 19, 2013
KALW SPRING CAMPAIGN

David Sedaris goes on a shocking tour of KALW

David Sedaris goes on a shocking behind the scenes tour of KALW. If this doesn't make you want to support local powered radio, we don't know what will.

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