Sights and Sounds of Bayview: James Martin and the Fatherhood Program

Deafening gunshots rang out just as James Martin arrived home. Troubled by the news of a 17 year-old young man dying in front of his house, he did what most wouldn’t do. He grabbed his portable karaoke machine and stood at the memorial erected for the young man and began singing, “Wake Up Everybody”. Today, Martin is still standing up for San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood. Recently he called on fathers and men in the neighborhood to walk their children to school, then march to the Bayview Opera House for a rally.

Martin is the kind of person who tries to tackle difficult problems. His main focus now is helping men stay involved in their children’s lives – and their community. Reporter Laura Flynn followed Martin around for a few days to find out how he does this.

The Sights and Sounds of Bayview is a storytelling project between the San Francisco Arts Commission and local public radio KALW 91.7FM with funding from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. These eight stories feature remarkable people who live, work, and make a positive change in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood.


Radio Producer: Laura Flynn
Photographer: R.J. Lozada
Local Music: Dynamic
Additional Images from: San Francisco Public Library, James Martin, Scott Loftesness, Tom Bonamici, Jason Macor, Romel Jacinto, Wally Gobetz, Alden Jewell, 1950sUnlimited, and Vintage Gazette

Sights and Sounds of Bayview Team:
Robynn Takayama: Executive Producer
Holly Kernan: Executive Editor
Martina Castro: Supervising Editor
Audrey Dilling: Series Editor
Stephanie Foo: Sound Designer
Brian Storm: Multimedia Editor