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."

Ways To Connect

Author, and West Oakland resident, Novella Carpenter, recalls the song her father used to play for her, when she was a child.

Nina Pick was driving home, surrounded by an East Coast winter scene, when this song took on a particular weight and meaning.

Turning trash into art, San Francisco tries to keep artists in the city, this week's Audiograph game answer, and local musicians Alphabet Rockers.

Berkeley drafts cell phone health warnings, local author recalls his childhood in pre-war Afghanistan, electrifying the Son Jarocho, and local musician Lyrics Born.

Harvesting fog, a former drug addict turned youth activist, and amateur comedy. Plus other stories about transformation!

A Crosscurrents special! A San Quentin Prison Report on race in prison, and the original cowboys in the US were black.

San Francisco writer and poet Alejandro Murguía appreciates the way "Tiempo Pa' Matar" captures the beauty that can come when you're just killing time.

A show on spirituality in the Bay Area, with special guest Wes Nisker.

"Back in Black" by ACDC

Sep 8, 2014

Skipper Jimmy Spithill shares with us the song that summed up his race team for the 2013 America's Cup Finals the most.

Showers for the homeless in old buses, Mother Browns in San Francisco, foraging for food from trees and gardens in the city, and local musician Mike Sugar.

Tracey Grose associates this Sinatra standard with a time of love and heartbreak that brought a lot of meaning to her life.

Photo by Chris Hoff

All week long, we've been playing this sound, and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

Drake's Bay oyster farm, our relationship with wild animals, China Camp state park, and local musicians The Mantles.

The tourist rental industry in San Francisco, a discussion of possible solutions to San Francisco's housing crisis, this week's Audiograph game answer, and local musicians Aireene & The Rarities.

Mission district residents give insight into academic achievement gaps, the origins of the town's name of Orinda, the social media star and Star Trek actor George Takei, Kathryn Ma's favorite author, and local musicians French Cassettes.

"Revival!" by Me Phi Me

Aug 18, 2014

For her funeral, Julia Scott pictures her friends and family boogeying down to this upbeat track that she's loved since she was a pre-teen.   

A theater company that seeks diversity, the inventive nature of religion in the Bay Area, this week's Audiograph game answer, and local musicians Locura.

Two men seek employment after their release from prison, a talk with a member of the California Reentry Institute, a memory of the Croix de Candlestick, and local musicians Matt Jaffe and the Distractions.

For Judy Silber, this Paul Simon song reminds her of camping road trips with her family, and feeling comforted while moving from childhood to early adulthood.

The 31st anniversary of National Night Out, a local playwright's search for God, Creativity Explored in the Mission, Audiograph's sound of the week, and local musician Kimrea.

The song you’re hearing now is by Jesse DeNatale from Sonoma. He has organized a benefit show for the Powell–Porrata family of West Marin. The father of the family died early this year and now their pre-school son has cancer, and all proceeds from this event go to the family.

A potential new late-night transit option across the Bay Bridge, how and when BART does its maintenance, a short history of Bolinas, CA, a remembrance of Morse code, and a festival in honor of Jerry Garcia.

After many late-night car rides with "Hotel California" on the radio, Mahmoud Khafagy not only began to love the song, but perhaps it became the inspiration for an even bigger trip.

Off-leash dog laws in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, helping immigrants gain US citizenship, this week's Audiograph game answer, and local musician Erick Jekabson. 

Bay Area Muslims disagree on when to end Ramadan, searching for signs of life in outer space, the jazz of Arturo Sandoval, and local musicians Loyal Rose.

What Alameda is doing to deal with rising sea levels, imagining life in the Bay Area after the next big earthquake, a small dancer in the shoes of a big boxer, and local musicians The Quartet San Francisco.

Pedestrian safety in San Francisco, the latest concerns about the new span of the Bay Bridge, a woman making music even while losing her hearing, and local musicians the SF Boys Choir.

"The Fear" by Lily Allen

Jul 21, 2014

It's the way Lily Allen's lyrics capture the hectic atmosphere of the human "rat race" that make this song a winner for Dale Stevens.

San Francisco gearing up for zero waste by 2020, preserving land on the peninsula, this week's Audiograph game answer, and local musicians Vinyl.

Finding housing in San Francisco's Chinatown, keeping memories in Chinatown alive through dance, medical therapy through music, and local musicians Mitch Polzak and The Royal Deuces.