Listen to Matt Every Friday on KOCI 101.5 FM!

Matthew Thomas is now on the air every Friday at 9:20 am during the Poorman’s Morning Rush radio show on KOCI 101.5 FM with his new segment called “The Neuron Report”.

As a coma and traumatic brain injury survivor, Matt not only provides unique insights on recovering and living with disabilities, but also offers inspiration to everyone on how to achieve their goals and live their best life – no matter how difficult the task or objective.

Matt is a natural on the radio, and applies his trademark rollicking, freeform style to make even the most serious subject matter entertaining, poignant and informative.

You can tune in via the radio, or stream through the KOCI website at KOCIRADIO.COM Orange County’s Community Radio Station

2 New T-Shirts from Positive Matters Now Available!

Positive Matters, Inc. is proud to announce the release of 2 new t-shirts custom designed by Matthew Thomas.

Those who know and have seen Matt out and about are familiar with his “Straight Out of a Coma” logo shirt, which corresponds with Part 1 of the “Straight Out of a Coma” documentary now streaming on Tubi (

The new “Putting Ability in Disability” and “Trippin’ Ain’t Eazy” shirts represent Parts 2 and 3 of the documentary that are currently in production.

Get yours now by contacting Positive Matters via the “Connect with Us” form at the bottom of this page. Shirts are $25 each (plus shipping) and are available in SM, M, L, XL or XXL sizes.

Send us a message and we will reach out to you ASAP!

RECAP: 1st Annual Matthew Thomas Charity Golf Tournament!

It happened and it happened big… by all accounts, the 1st Annual Matthew Thomas Charity Golf Tournament (What’s Your Handicap?) was a smashing success!

The event was held on February 17th, 2023 at the Newport Beach Golf Course & adjacent Original Pizza II Sports Bar, and was completely SOLD OUT. Over 80 golfers of all skill levels joined Matthew and enjoyed a crisp, sunny Friday on the links. Players competed in a shotgun/scramble format for cash prizes and retro-cool custom trophies.

Radio legend Jim “Poorman” Trenton of KOCI 101.5 FM was on hand to host the festivities and actually played golf himself – while wearing eternally fashionable Ugg Boots. It didn’t go very well. Estate Sale Wizard Aime McCrory (aka Mrs. Poorman) organized and ran the silent auction which featured a number of Matthew’s beautifully framed wildlife photos, a new snowboard & accessories, premium Bose headphones, legal services, gift certificates, tickets and more.

A full Italian food buffet and a bunch of pizzas greeted the players after the tournament, who were then loudly serenaded by the musical stylings of The Durbs (, Bridget Purdy, and a crowd-pleasing performance by the Tasty Nugz.

We’re all looking forward to doing it bigger and better in 2024!

What’s Your Handicap? 1st Annual Matthew Thomas Charity Golf Tournament

Join us for the 1st Annual Matthew Thomas Charity Golf Tournament on Feb 27, 2023, 11:00am at Newport Beach Golf Course to promote awareness and raise funds to assist people with traumatic brain injuries.

In addition to a great cause and a fine day of golf, there will be prizes, raffles, a silent auction, live bands and more! The event will be hosted by radio legend Jim “Poorman” Trention of KOCI 101.5 FM. Entry fee is only $99.95. Visit our Store to sign up!

Talking with The Poorman

Matt and radio legend Jim “Poorman” Trenton of KOCI FM discuss his upcoming world record hydrobike ride attempt.

Watch Matt on NBC Channel 4 Los Angeles!

Before his epic hydrobike ride on August, 20, 2022, Matt was interviewed by NBC 4’s Orange County Reporter Vikki Vargas. Watch the NBC segment here.

Epic Hydrobike Ride from Catalina to Newport!

On August 20, 2022, Matthew Thomas, a coma survivor and brain injury advocate completed an epic 11 hour hydrobike ride from Avalon on Catalina Island to the Newport Beach Sheriff Harbor Patrol Station. His original plan was to best his previous 7.5 hour record- setting ride of 26 miles from Catalina to Long Beach, but opposing winds and nasty currents had other plans. Undaunted, Matt completed the well over 30 mile ride to great fanfare at the dock.