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 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.

Guests:

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

with Dana Rodriguez, Gerry Nachman, Steve Rubenstein and Will Rubenstein on trumpet.

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about Germany’s plans to invest $270B in renewable energy sources. By 2050, 80 percent of Germany’s energy will come from alternatives. How are they doing it? Join us at 10am pst or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. Renewable power generation worldwide is expected to grow by more than 40 percent over the next five years. When will the US follow suit? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you

Guests:

City Visions talks with Rec and Parks' General Manager about the department's budget initiatives for next year, the $195 million parks improvement bond proposed for this fall's ballot, and what all of this could mean for your favorite neighborhood park.

Superintendents Message

Jun 26, 2012

Outgoing Superintendent Carlos Garcia delivers his final message 6/26/12

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Marion Nestle the author of "Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics". About a billion people in the world don’t take in enough calories and another billion take in too much. What are calories? And does it make sense for individuals -- or public health officials -- to count them?  Join us at 10.  Email feedback@yourcallradio.org or leave a comment here.  It’s Your Call, with Malihe Razazan and you.

Guests:

Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim, authors of Why Calories Count 

 

How does an openly gay African-American man become a film mogul? He acted like one. Hear Marilyn's interview with D Street Media's CEO Dexter Davis. His global film production and distribution company includes productions in Berlin, Buenos Aires, and Los Angeles. He's currently producing a film in Argentina, and a blockbuster heist film in Hollywood. http://www.dstreetmediagroup.com/  

 

On today’s Your Call, Holly Kernan talks with David Talbot, founder of Salon.com, and author of the new book Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love.  Talbot chronicles the turbulent times from 1967 to 1982 in Northern California and how some of the hippies, outcast and healers of the 60s became the bombers and murderers of the 70s.  What’s the continuing impact of those times on Northern California?  And what are San Francisco values today? 

What do an accidental pinata-maker, an aspiring hip hop artist, a perennial politician, and a beekeeper have in common? You can hear all of their stories, and more, this Saturday, June 2, at the Polish Club in San Francisco.

Help KALW celebrate the launch of Hear Here: A Pop-Up Radio Project at a live storytelling event. Learn about the diverse characters that make up the cities of Oakland and San Francisco through the words of oral storytellers, local radio reporters, and musicians.

Performers include:

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the new documentary Food Stamped. One out of eight Americans are on food stamps. There are 2.6 million in California . That’s more than ever. The average allotment is about a $1.20 a meal. Americans support doubling food stamp benefits. Is it possible to get enough food on a dollar a meal? What will it take to reverse this trend? It’s Your Call with me, Rose Aguilar, and you.

Guests:

Yoav Potash, an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and social justice advocate

Farewell, Kathi

May 27, 2012

We were saddened to receive the news that Kathi Kamen Goldmark, longtime producer for West Coast Live, died on May 24 (2012) at UCSF Medical Center after a long battle with breast cancer. 

Kathi had a gift for bringing people together, and putting on a show.  She was great to work with, and had a sense of humor that never stopped. 

Thank you, Kathi, and farewell.

Paul Vercammen / CNN

On the next Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of the NATO Summit and protests. Much of the focus was on the future of Afghanistan. On Sunday, 50 veterans threw their medals toward the summit, saying no amount of medals or flags can cover the amount of human suffering caused by the occupation. We’ll be joined by Truthout’s Yana Kunichoff, The Indypendent’s Arun Gupta, and the Guardian’s Emma Graham-Harrison. Where did you see the best reporting this week? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

On Monday morning from 10 to Noon, tune to 91.7FM for two hours of critical conversation about rising poverty and inequality in the U.S., its effects on our society and democracy, and how we can take action. 

This Thursday, May 10th at 8pm, Ira Glass and This American Life will do a live show in New York City that will be broadcast via satellite to theaters across the country.  Ira Glass will be joined by David Rakoff, Mike Birbiglia, Glynn Washington and other special guests, including the band OK Go!

You can be there – and help support KALW’s May Membership Campaign.

On Saturday, more than 1900 people came to The Paramount Theatre in Oakland to hear Tavis Smiley & Dr. Cornel West talk about their new book The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto.  

 

On today's Your Call we’ll reflect on Earth Day. Environmental journalist Mark Hertsgaard believes that Earth Day is becoming a bland, tired ritual that polluters and politicians have learned to ignore or co-opt. It’s time to reclaim Earth Day and return it to its 1970s roots when millions took to the streets. What will it take to get millions into the streets today? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. How would you save Earth Day and the environmental movement? It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.

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