Matt Holzman Wiki – Matt Holzman Bio
Matt Holzman, the popular producer and presenter behind KCRW radio shows like The Business, Matt’s Movies and Press Play, has died, the NPR member station announced. He was 56 years old.
If you live in LA you’ve probably heard of Matt Holzman. Or heard him on KCRW. He was a friend to many & a best friend to me. He died today. I miss him already & forever. He loved life as no other. He ate it up & lived every minute of it. Sharing it w/ everyone in his orbit. RIP pic.twitter.com/X0RcJJdvvE
— Richard Shepard (@SaltyShep) April 12, 2020
Matt Holzman Age
He was 56 years old.
I will miss my friend and @KCRW colleague Matt Holzman very much. A funny, fiercely smart, sensitive, generous man- he embodied the spirit of @kcrw. Los Angeles has lost a bright light tonight pic.twitter.com/osqTz7voHd
— Madeleine Brand (@TheMadBrand) April 13, 2020
Matt Holzman Career & Early Life
Matt Holzman Born in Long Beach, California, Holzman attended UC Santa Barbara and started as a board operator at Santa Monica-based KCRW in 1989 or 1990 before creating the station’s underwriting department.
“I remember when Matt fired himself from that job. He wanted to be a radio producer. So he quit and after a few days was rehired, at a much lower salary, to become an audio storyteller,” Ferro wrote. “One of his first stories was about a young man whose kidney disease left him on punishing dialysis three days a week in a five-year-long wait for a donor kidney. That man was Matt. He got a call while he was in line for a ride at Disneyland that some very precious cargo was waiting for him.”
Holzman was the first producer of The Business; He created Matt’s Movies, which made him interview directors and producers; produced and directed Press Play with Madeleine Brand; and launched The Document podcast, which he said was “as if a documentary and a radio show had a baby.”
Our dear friend, Matt Holzman, passed away today. If you ever listened to @kcrw, you heard Matt’s voice. He was one of life’s great Enthusiasts–always uncovering and sharing new treasures. Thoughtful, hilarious, blazingly smart, and a mensch to boot. We will miss him terribly. pic.twitter.com/MSEtQ3tvxy
— CriticalMassPerformanceGroup (@CriticalMassPG) April 13, 2020
Matt Holzman Death & Cause
Holzman, who underwent a kidney transplant in 1996, was diagnosed with cancer last fall.
He received his kidney from a 14-year-old boy killed in a skateboarding accident.