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."



Thu February 7, 2013

Crosscurrents: February 7, 2013

San Francisco taxi driver training, commuting by kayak, a San Francisco drum store is closing, the Audiograph answer: Cow Palace Dog Show, and local musicians Freedom Enterprise.

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Tue February 5, 2013

Crosscurrents: February 5, 2013

A Crosscurrents special on Oakland schools, plus  memories form within the newsroom of our favorite teachers! Engaging students at Franklin Elementary in East Oakland, music class in public schools, transitioning from public to charter school, charter schools explained with Ingrid Seyer-Ochi, teaching with students in mind at American Indian public schools, Skyline Public High School's high tech classroom,  debating at Fremont high, ReVAAMP and bringing art back into Oakland schools, and Baltimore musicians Future Islands.

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Mon January 28, 2013

Crosscurrents: January 28, 2013

An in-depth interview on the idea of unquestioningly accepting the "natural" as something healthy vs. our tendency to have undying faith in anything modern technology gives us. Plus local musicians The Chaw.

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Tue January 22, 2013

Crosscurrents: January 22, 2013

The SFJazz Center opens in San Francisco, a profile of vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, the Ashby Flea Market in Berkeley, and local musician Brian Gore.



Wed January 16, 2013

Crosscurrents: January 16, 2013

An update on the legalization of marijuana in California, a history of illegal drugs in America, a play about a 12-year-old boy, listener feedback on San Francisco's legislation to approve TIny Apartments, and local musicians The Cyril Guiraud Trio.