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

A San Francisco high school teaches robotics, re-segregation in SF schools, this weeks Audiograph game answer, and local musicians Pacific Guitar Ensemble.

A teaching moment on race relations at the Elmwood cafe in Berkeley, over medicating foster youth, and local musicians Ruckatan Latin Tribe.


Mar 23, 2015

Chris Dogherty shares an American spiritual that he's heard in many different forms. Recently, he heard it played by a jazz trio on KALW. 

Tipless restaurants, paying restaurant workers a livable wage and benefits, film culture on the decline, and local musicians The San Francisco Symphony.

A place in the Tenderloin where sleep is sacred, Storycorps: Keeping a broader perspective, rethinking death with The Body Appropriate, and local musicians Zydeco Flames.

The marijuana industry in Northern California, and local musician Kendra McKinley.

Homeless veterans in San Francisco; the persistence and strength of the homeless here; and the north Bay musician Matt Jaffe.

Classes designed for young African-American men, teaching ethnic studies in high school, this week's Audiograph game answer, and local musicians Forest Sun.

Richard Pryor got famous for his radical, racially-charged humor in the early 70’s. But the comedian didn’t start out this way. Back in the 60's, Pryor's most famous sketch was a mock grade-school production of Rumpelstiltskin.

Coyotes in San Francisco, turkeys in the East Bay, and wild boars in San Jose. Plus local musicians Dirty Cello.

Chinaka Hodge shares a song that speaks directly to her heart.   

The Nile Project: an East African music tour, and the Sudanese ritual of Dukhan.

Richie Unterberger, from San Francisco's Inner Richmond District, shares a story about the very first record he ever bought. 

The food that grows from concrete, the lives of migrant agricultural workers, this week's Audiograph game answer, and local musicians The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir.

An update on San Jose's dismantled homeless encampment, The Jungle,; the New Jungle; Good Karma Bikes;  Hotel 22: San Jose's homeless bus, and local musicians Jimbo Trout and the Fishpeople.

"En mi Viejo San Juan"

Feb 9, 2015

Musician John Santos shares a story about his grandmother's favorite song, and her journey to Puerto Rico.

An adult playground in San Francisco, homegrown athletes from Oakland, Odyssey Works, and local musicians Bella Piano Trio.

Seniors getting together to form a non-profit "village," kindergarten vs. 1st grade humor, handshakes in San Quentin, and local musician Ben Goldberg.

"Fly" by Kyla La Grange

Feb 2, 2015

This song makes Deena Hammond want to hit the silk -- silk rope, that is. With its beats and hook, it's just right for aerial dancing.

"Baltimore" by Cex

Feb 2, 2015

Before Aladdin Collar moved to Oakland, he lived in Baltimore. The song "Baltimore," by the musician Cex, reminds Aladdin of the new freedom he felt when his friend back home in Baltimore received his driver's license.

The Searsville Dam in Palo Alto, a devotional form of traditional Indian music called "Carnatic," this week's Audiograph game answer, and local musicians ZOFO.

A show on passing: the problems of sounding (i.e. speaking) white, the gains and losses of racial code switching, and desiring to live in a society that doesn't automatically assume gender.

Laura Fraser, of San Francisco, says that this X track is right in step with her leanings as a "friendly anarchist."

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.

Every time Redwood City resident Pat Bernard visits pianist Larry Martin, without fail, he'll begin to play this song. 

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.

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. 

When San Francisco resident Sebastian Walker arrived in Haiti, shortly after a devastating earthquake in 2010, this song was playing over and over on the car radio.

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