Chris Hoff

News Engineer

Chris Hoff has been an engineer with KALW News' Crosscurrents for about three years now, and before that he volunteered and reported for the show starting in 2006. The road to radio and KALW was a circuitous one: Hoff's undergraduate career in Classics left him aimless, professionally speaking; his zeal for Pindar, Homer, Thucydides, and Virgil could not earn him a living, so in 2002 he floated around, first to Weimar, Germany, then to Berlin.  It was in Berlin that Hoff uncovered his enthusiasm for the then-burgeoning internet radio phenomenon known as "podcasting."  For two years he made podcasts with a buddy of his until he decided to get more serious with the medium. So after getting his feet wet in broadcast journalism at CNN Berlin in 2006, Hoff moved back to San Francisco, met Holly Kernan and Ben Trefny at KALW, and settled into his work with the fabulous Crosscurrents team.  Quoth Hoff, "It is satisfying to have acquired a practical skill after so many years of dabbling and dilettantism."

Ways To Connect

Living in shipping containers, a co-housing compound in Temescal, tiny homes, and local musician Kenny Washington.

A history (and population decline) of Black San Francisco: the 3.9 Collective, Black artists in the city, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and local musicians The Chamber Music Society of San Francisco.

Americans' weak grasp of geography and schools trying to change that, documentary theater and audience participation, and local musicians The Oakland East Bay Gay Men's Chorus.

Knowing when Ramadan is over, the search for life beyond Earth, jazz musician Arturo Sandoval, and local musician Will Magid.

Bobb Harris picked this song because it reminds him of how hard his father worked to support his family.

Pink Saturday and gay activism in the Bay Area, modern protest music, and local musicians The Coup.

 

Gerard Koskovich tells us about a song that took on a whole new meaning during the height of the AIDS crisis in San Francisco's Castro district.

 

Lack of diversity in children's books and Bay Area people trying to change that, a Book Report from Kevin Smokler, and local musician Ed Masuga.

Documenting San Francisco's rapid changes with photographs, a playwright on her new play "Black Virgins are not for Hipster," and this week's Audiograph game answer.

When SF needs money it holds an auction, creating sound at Pixar, making sausage, and local musicians The Seshen.

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