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He presided over ‘Matt’s Films’ and the radio station’s ‘The Doc’ podcast.
Matt Holzman, the favored producer and host behind such KCRW radio packages as The Enterprise, Matt’s Films and Press Play, has died, the NPR member station announced. He was 56.
Holzman, who underwent a kidney transplant in 1996, was recognized with most cancers final fall.
“Matt Holzman’s imprint will not be forgotten,” KCRW president Jennifer Ferro mentioned. “It is within the voices who emulated him, the producers he skilled and the individuals who he pulled towards him like a magnet.”
Born in Lengthy Seaside, California, Holzman attended UC Santa Barbara and began as a board operator at Santa Monica-based KCRW in October 1989 earlier than creating the station’s underwriting division.
“I keep in mind when Matt fired himself from that job. He needed to be a radio producer. So he stop and after just a few days was rehired, at a a lot decrease wage, to change into an audio storyteller,” Ferro wrote. “One in all his first tales was a few younger man whose kidney illness left him on punishing dialysis three days per week in a five-year-long watch for a donor kidney. That man was Matt. He obtained a name whereas he was in line for a experience at Disneyland that some very valuable cargo was ready for him.”
Holzman was the primary producer of The Enterprise; created Matt’s Films, which had him interviewing administrators and producers; produced and directed Press Play with Madeleine Model; and launched the podcast The Doc, which he mentioned was “like if a documentary and a radio present had a child.”
He acquired his kidney from a 14-year-old boy killed in a skateboarding accident.
On Twitter, THR editor-at-large Kim Masters noted that Holzman was instrumental in her being employed as host of The Enterprise and “in some ways he was KCRW. Nobody had an even bigger coronary heart.” Model called him “a humorous, fiercely sensible, delicate, beneficiant man — he embodied the spirit of @kcrw.”
Survivors embody his girlfriend, Adria, who works at KCRW.