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."



Tue January 20, 2015

Crosscurrents: January 20, 2015

Dog show! Breeders, handlers, owners, haters in San Francisco...they're all here. We visit the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show at the Cow Palace, the SPCA and ACC animal shelters, the booming dog economy. We hear from a psychologist on the dog-human relationship, and from a person who can't stand canines and the whole dog culture.

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Wed January 14, 2015

Crosscurrents: January 14, 2015

New law gives undocumented Californians a chance to apply for driver’s licenses, Walking like a Radical: A tour through a century of progressive South Asian's in the Bay Area, "Roads of Arabia": touring the ancient birthplace of Islam at the Asian Art Museum, and local musicians Taraf de Locos.

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Mon January 12, 2015

The Ice Cream Bar: Frozen for years by SF's permitting process

The Ice Cream Bar
Thomas Hawk via Flickr, Creative Commons license

Last September we aired a piece by Todd Oppenheimer on how hard it is for small business owners to get through the permitting process here in San Francisco

A few of you called in with recommendations for other business owners to talk to, including Ted Loewenberg. He's the president of the Haight Ashbury Improvement Association and he says small businesses owners face a Sisyphean task. 

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Tue January 6, 2015

Crosscurrents: January 6, 2015

The Grateful Dead Show! 2015 marks the 50th anniversary since the legendary band formed. Plus local musicians Cryptical.

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Mon January 5, 2015

Crosscurrents: January 5, 2015

An extended interview with new Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Plus local musician Duckmandu.

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