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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5:36pm

Mon July 7, 2014
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: July 7, 2014

The creaky wheels of the juvenile justice system, brought to us by Youth Radio in Oakland. Convicted teens must pay restitution, wear GPS ankle bracelets, and what it all costs society. Plus local musicians The Musical Art Quintet.

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12:00am

Mon June 30, 2014
My Mix Tape

"Sara de la Mer" by Dave Easley

Judy Beck of San Francisco loves this Dave Easley track, especially because of the surprising yet serendipitous rooster crows and wind chimes that were worked into the song's final mix.

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5:31pm

Thu June 19, 2014
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 19, 2014

A new morality clause for teachers in Oakland's Catholic Diocese, stopping child sex trafficking, this week's Audiograph sound of the week, and managing editor Martina Castro's last day at KALW.

12:00am

Thu June 19, 2014
My Mix Tape

"Water with the Wine" by Joan Armatrading

When Jewelle Gomez first heard Joan Armatrading's voice on the radio of a hired car, she was so struck by it, that she had to ask the driver to pull the car over.  

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5:52pm

Tue June 17, 2014
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 17, 2014

Fracking in California, Part 2; free WiFi in San Francisco, Bay Area musician A1, and local musicians Jeremiah Johnson and the Soulmates.

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