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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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.

A Spiritual Edge membership campaign show!

Mother's Day! An Iranian-American playwright and her movie-star mom, a Story Corps with a woman and her biological and foster mother, a flamenco dancer passes on the dancing gene to her daughter, the KALW Newsroom talks about what their moms taught them, and local musicians The Brothers Comatose.

An arts enter that's helping people with disabilities express themselves, getting on the job training as a young person with a disability, and a man with down syndrome talks about opening his own restaurant.

Vaping, the medical uses of psychedelic drugs, a Bay Area Beats with Phillip Greenlief, and local musicians Felsen.

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