This week on “Real Gauchos,” Paul Rivas interviews Matt Kettmann on his briefest of radio careers, being a fifth-generation Californian of shepherding heritage, deciding to go to UCSB after visiting Isla Vista in high school, Halloween in IV being over since at least 1995, hanging out with his uncle Merv Griffin, covering the Michael Jackson trial in Santa Maria with the corporate media horde, the changing media landscape, majoring in anthropology and minoring in professional writing, starting his career homeless, rising from unpaid intern to senior editor at The Santa Barbara Independent, working for the renowned Marianne Partridge, how the newspaper business works, how to become an international journalist, foregoing graduate school for the opportunity to make a low wage sooner, writing for Time magazine and The New York Times, and being a friend of the people.

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