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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12:38pm

Tue February 25, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 2.27.14 Bad Constitution & Bee Love

The Alabama Constitution

Life of the Law: “Bad Constitution”  Alabama has the longest constitution, not just in the country, but in the world, with 885 amendments and counting.  Hear why it got that way, and how it affects everything in the state from school desegregation to pig farms.

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7:40am

Thu February 20, 2014
Arts & Culture

Deltron 3030 on Sound Opinions

Deltron 3030

After more than a decade, the Northern California alternative hip-hop triumvirate of Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator, and Kid Koala -- a.k.a. Deltron 3030 -- are back with a new album, Event 2

Hear them talk with Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot and perform in-studio on this week's Sound OpinionsSunday at 2pm.

12:19pm

Wed February 19, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Spot 2.20.14 Fake Followers

Jason Q. Ng

Theory of Everything: "F is for Fake": To bot or not?  Host Benjamen Walker talks to data scientist Gilad Lotan about "fake followers" and online reputations, and Jason Q Ng, author of the book Blocked on Weibo, tells us why the Chinese government hates on-line bots.

Thursday at 5:30pm.

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9:24am

Fri February 14, 2014
Arts & Culture

99% Invisible: Cover Story

Esquire September 1966, March 1965

You know the saying: you can’t judge a book by its cover. With magazines, it’s pretty much the opposite. The cover of a magazine is the unified identity for a whole host of ideas, authors, and designers who have created the eclectic array of stories and articles and materials within each issue.   This is the anatomy of a magazine cover, starting from the top. Literally. Listen here. 

7:36am

Fri February 14, 2014
Arts & Culture

Sound Opinions World Tour: Russia

Barto

Last year, Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot racked up lots of frequent flier miles during the Sound Opinions World Tour with trips to Sweden, Japan, South Africa and Mexico. This year, just in time for the Winter Olympic Games, they grab their passports once again and head for Russia, Moscow-based music critic Artemy Troitsky serves as their guide, revealing Russia's complicated rock ‘n’ roll history.  Sunday at 2pm.

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