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."



Wed October 2, 2013

Crosscurrents: October 2, 2013

How the Affordable Care Act is working in California so far, a success story in San Francisco's Bayview district, theater in Oakland to stop violence, African-American cowboys, and local musicians Thee Oh Sees.


Thu September 26, 2013
Arts & Culture

The organ pipes are still singing at AT&T Park

Steve Hogan plays at AT&T Park, September 2013.
Photo by Chris Hoff

Good organ music can be a religious experience, especially when it's written by composers like Johann Sebastian Bach, and played on massive organs with over 10,000 pipes.

But then there's another kind of organ music, played in a different type of cathedral, on a small Hammond organ. This is the music of Steve Hogan, organist for the San Francisco Giants.

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Thu September 26, 2013

Crosscurrents: September 26, 2013

Green jobs for Oakland youth, the San Francisco Giants ballpark organist, this week's Audiograph answer, and local musicians The New Century Chamber Orchestra.


Mon September 23, 2013

Crosscurrents: September 23, 2013

Another report from San Quentin: Troy's Tears; the Church of St. John Coltrane, and local musicians Soul Power.


Wed September 18, 2013

Crosscurrents: September 18, 2013

A Crosscurrents radio show about the radio. With special guest Ira Glass! Radio Havana in the Mission District, the first bilingual station in the U.S.: KBBF, and Morse Code.