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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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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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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12:57pm

Wed May 15, 2013
KALW'S SPRING CAMPAIGN

Shorter is better ~ KALW listeners are the best!

"Triumphant Corgi"

We did it.  

In just 7-and-a-half days, KALW reached its Spring Campaign goal of $350,000.  That's more than the station raised in 14 days last September, and it happened without interruption to programming.

That is a real victory for listener-supported radio.  And it confirms what we always knew:  KALW listeners are the best. 

The web of people who support KALW – who power the station with their resources, talent, attention and enthusiasm – is growing.  And it's making this a more powerful and creative community enterprise. 

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10:57am

Mon May 13, 2013
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES

Saturday morning - We're back on the air!

Dear KALW Listeners,

After a brief interruption of our broadcast at about 7am today, we're back on the air.  Enjoy!

Thanks,

Matt Martin

GM, KALW

8:12am

Thu May 9, 2013
KALW's SPRING CAMPAIGN

Just Seven Days: Give early and keep it short!

When it comes to public radio pledge drives, shorter is better.  That's why the KALW Spring Campaign will last just seven days.  It starts next Thursday -- give early today and help keep it short.

And post your ideas for when shorter is better on KALW's Facebook page or by tweeting them with #keepitshort.  Or drop us a line at kalw@kalw.org.

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