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 21, 2014

Crosscurrents: January 21, 2014

A Crosscurrents special on Oakland public libraries. Produced by students at Mills College: kids read to dogs; a librarian brings the library to young students; and a mobile bike library. Plus a Hear Here on San Francisco's Visitatcion Valley public library. And local musicians Wooden Shjips.


Tue January 14, 2014

Crosscurrents: January 14, 2014

Bay Area Syrians, traditional Arabic Aswat music, San Francisco hat makers, and local musicians Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman.


Thu January 9, 2014

Crosscurrents: January 9, 2014

San Francisco's new Bike Share program, Frederick Wiseman's new film "At Berkeley," Audiograph's first anniversary, and local musician Maya Castleman.


Tue January 7, 2014

Crosscurrents: January 7, 2014

Young people surviving in Oakland's most violent neighborhood, an East Oakland librarian and role models, the Manhood Development Program, and local musicians E.W. Wainright.

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Sun December 29, 2013
My Mix Tape

"Holiday Road" by Lindsey Buckingham

Raven Mahon, from the San Francisco band Grass Widow, has a special love for "Holiday Road." Her attachment to the Lindsey Buckingham tune began with a VHS from her childhood.

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