A retired event and volunteer coordinator, community organizer and administrative professional, Marc moved to West Marin in 2009 and was directed to KWMR by a friend as "the place where the community juice happens."
Having desired to live in Inverness since his first adult visit in 1968, Marc set out to engage in community. Marc connected two of his several new volunteer activities - West Marin Review and KWMR - in the creation of his first radio program, The Place We Live.
Initially featuring conversation with contributors to the Review - writers, poets, artists, photographers and editors - The Place We Live has expanded to feature local folk talking about their lives and stories, an ongoing series on local education and other neighborhood issues, and broader topics within and beyond West Marin.
The Place We Live is a one-hour show airing live on alternate Saturdays from 11am to noon. For more information including the schedule and recent archived recordings of past episodes, click here.
Visit, Like and Share, please, the Facebook page The Place We Live, on KWMR West Marin Community Radio.
Marc then created Africa and the Diaspora, a two-hour feature of KWMR's weekly "World Playground" series. Africa and the Diaspora began as an education on the family ties between the music of the mother continent and her children: jazz, the blues, gospel, soul, rhythm and blues, and hip hop.
Africa and the Diaspora aired on alternate Saturday afternoons of every month, and was discontinued in 2013.
With his soul brother Mark Potts, Marc also created a late night music show, Saturday Night Function. Styled on the classic juke joints of the rural African American South, the show features a rich and varied mix of the blues, rhythm and blues, soul, jazz, zydeco, reggae and contemporary music.
Saturday Night Function airs every Saturday from 10 pm to midnight, now with Jeffry Wilkinson alternating with Marc as hosts. For more information or to visit the schedule and archives of Saturday Night Function, click here. And please visit, Like and Share the Facebook page Saturday Night Function on KWMR - West Marin Community Radio.
In early 2013, based on childhood impressions of Montgomery, Alabama and a lifetime's interest, Marc launched Sunday Celebration of Gospel, a popular monthly episode of Sunday Celebration of Sacred Music. Focused on the African American gospel music tradition, Marc explores traditional and contemporary gospel and weaves into the mix spoken word aspects of African American culture, politics, sociology, history and art.
Most recently, in mid-2014, a second monthly Sunday morning program, Sunday Celebration of World Music was added to Marc's programming schedule, featuring calming, peace-filled music from most of the continents and across the seven seas, and like the gospel show, live from 9am to noon, Pacific time.
Yes, there's a Facebook page for the Sunday morning gospel and world music shows, too, called Sunday Celebration of Music on KWMR - Community Radio for West Marin; please Like and Share it!
Marc has always loved music, appreciating an eclectic variety of genres and themes, including Classical (he co-hosted Classical Wednesday for a year and occasionally sits in as guest host on KWMR classical programming,) world music (Indian, Arabic and Middle Eastern, and French in addition to African,) contemporary music, and of course jazz, the blues, soul and gospel.
Marc also produces and hosts KWMR public affairs programming, including a series on Immigration, Point Reyes National Seashore, national politics and governance, and more.
Besides volunteering as a KWMR programmer, Marc is on staff as the radio station's part-time Office Administrator coordinating data, membership and volunteers. He has served on the boards of Gallery Route One, the Community Land Trust of West Marin, and Community Conversations, and contributes to The Point Reyes Light.
A native Californian, Marc enjoys writing, gardening, hiking, travel, meditation, Pilates, cooking and entertaining, and networking. He volunteers at Point Reyes National Seashore and with Bay Area non-profit organizations in his spare time.
Feel free to email Marc Matheson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo by Christopher Miles