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."

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5:12pm

Tue March 3, 2015
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: March 3, 2015

Homeless veterans in San Francisco; the persistence and strength of the homeless here; and the north Bay musician Matt Jaffe.

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5:30pm

Thu February 26, 2015
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: February 26, 2015

Classes designed for young African-American men, teaching ethnic studies in high school, this week's Audiograph game answer, and local musicians Forest Sun.

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4:53pm

Wed February 25, 2015
Arts & Culture

"Becoming Richard Pryor": new biography by UC Berkeley Associate Professor Scott Saul

Richard Pryor got famous for his radical, racially-charged humor in the early 70’s. But the comedian didn’t start out this way. Back in the 60's, Pryor's most famous sketch was a mock grade-school production of Rumpelstiltskin.

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5:55pm

Mon February 23, 2015
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: February 23, 2015

Coyotes in San Francisco, turkeys in the East Bay, and wild boars in San Jose. Plus local musicians Dirty Cello.

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3:27pm

Mon February 23, 2015
My Mix Tape

"Girl Blue" by Stevie Wonder

Chinaka Hodge shares a song that speaks directly to her heart.   

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