Chris Hoff

News Engineer

Chris Hoff has been an engineer with KALW News' Crosscurrents for about six 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."

Chris Hoff is also the co-creator of the new, 90-second podcast The World According to Sound, which has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered. He believes in this new audio project very much.

Ways to Connect

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Several candidates are on the ballot of this year's San Francisco election. In such a case, how does the city guarantee that someone actually wins the race, when the vote is split so many ways?


Tom DeCaigny shares a song that gets him up and dancing. 

9/3 - Forgiveness

Sep 3, 2015

A San Quentin Prison report about forgiveness, Rupa and the April Fishes, this week's Audiograph game answer, and local musicians La Peña Community Chorus.

Bringing different tribes together onto one urban reservation, a sacred Native American site in Emeryville, fighting to keep Native American heritage alive, and local musician Mike Greensill.

The church as therapy for African Americans, the sushi mosque, and local musician Tia Carroll.

The stigma for African Americans in seeking out mental health care.

8/27 - Musical Healing

Aug 28, 2015

Using music to stay off the streets in Richmond, another story from a San Francisco 18 year-old, a Book Report from Adam Johnson, this week's Audiograph game answer, and local musician Tim Hockenberry.

8/26 - Giving Care

Aug 26, 2015

Caregivers who lack medical training, another story from an 18 year-old, a Bay Area Beats with Dom Jones, the Rose Garden in San Francisco, and local musician Heather Combs.

8/25 - Waste

Aug 25, 2015

The waste of Keurig single-serving coffee pods, illegal dumping in Oakland, and more stories from 18-year-olds.

Poster art on the streets, the Academy of Art in San Francisco profits by violating housing laws, a new series about high school students called "18 in the Bay," and local musician Sony Holland.

8/19 - Public Education

Aug 19, 2015

The state of California's public university system, re-examining how we evaluate public schools, and local musicians The San Francisco Lyric Chorus.

Birthing and parenting: doulas, a home visitation program that helps first-time moms, and the severe issues that pregnant women of color face. Plus local musicians Cash Pony.

The sound of mud pots

Aug 5, 2015

This is the broadcast premier of a new, 90-second audio show called, The World According to Sound. It's made by KALW's Chris Hoff and Marketplace reporter Sam Harnett. Today's episode brings us to the mud pots of Southern California.

To hear the first few pilot episodes of The World According to Sound, check them out here!

Seniors taking a leap across the digital divide, a new technology that can help aging adults stay safe at home, the origin of the internet symbol # (hashtag), and local musician Harvey Wainapel.

Learning survival skills in the classroom, searching for extraterrestrial life, and this week's Audiograph game answer.

How an architect designs meaningful space; Jaxon Vanderbeken on the eastern span of the Bay Bridge; the unlikely squatters of the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge; and local band Dakila.

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.

Facebook Show! Specifically, how the tech company relates to the city (East Palo Alto) and to the people around it.

Grocery-inspired art, eating weeds on the sidewalk, ugly fruit, plus local musicians Everyone Is Dirty.

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

A special from Mills College student reporters: "Waking up from the American Dream: Stories about young immigrants in America." Plus local musicians One Armed Joey.