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

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

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

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.

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.

"That's the Way of the World" is the song that sends listener Mark Decena right back to the night of his first slow dance.