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 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.

Whenever Emil Lawrence gets frustrated, this Rolling Stones' hit comes to the rescue.

Steps local schools are taking to curb gun violence, and blues legend Sugar Pie.

The creaky wheels of the juvenile justice system, brought to us by Youth Radio in Oakland. Convicted teens must pay restitution, wear GPS ankle bracelets, and what it all costs society. Plus local musicians The Musical Art Quintet.

This classic Al Green song reminds Mayor Ed Lee, of San Francisco, that if people face challenges together, they'll have a better chance of finding solutions.

Judy Beck of San Francisco loves this Dave Easley track, especially because of the surprising yet serendipitous rooster crows and wind chimes that were worked into the song's final mix.

A new morality clause for teachers in Oakland's Catholic Diocese, stopping child sex trafficking, this week's Audiograph sound of the week, and managing editor Martina Castro's last day at KALW.

When Jewelle Gomez first heard Joan Armatrading's voice on the radio of a hired car, she was so struck by it, that she had to ask the driver to pull the car over.  

Fracking in California, Part 2; free WiFi in San Francisco, Bay Area musician A1, and local musicians Jeremiah Johnson and the Soulmates.

City College of San Francisco gets its accreditation back, part 4 in our Bayview-Hunter's Point redevelopment series, talking people down from jumping off the Golden Gate bridge, this week's Audiograph game answer, and local musician Todd Sickafoose

"Regulate" by Warren G

Jun 12, 2014

This rap song was released when Oakland's Martin Schatz was in high school. He must have listened to it hundreds of times, without his parents finding out.

The second part of our Bayview-Hunter's Point redevelopment series, re-identifying Berkeley's image, a Hear Here about a company dedicated to helping East Oakland children, and local musicians Ultra World X-tet.

Laura's Law and a debate on how we should care for people suffering from mental illness, this week's Audiograph game answer, and local musician Mal Sharpe.

A homeless memorial, ways San Francisco is tackling homelessness, getting women into the auto mechanic profession, and local musicians The Marin Symphony.

A Crosscurrents special on Skyline High School in Oakland. Part 2 of 2, produced by KALW and Mills College.

A Crosscurrents special on Skyline High School in Oakland. Part 1 of 2, produced by KALW and Mills College.

Erica Peters of Mountain View still remembers this Syd Barrett track she would listen to as a teenager.

Using social media to get your stolen bike back, Yesway, this week's Audiograph game answer, and local musicians Ensemble Mik Nawoog.

San Francisco has he only elected District Attorney in California, a Hear Here segment with Tara Higgins, Union City musician Doe Eye, and local musicians Roy Rogers & The Rhythm Kings.

A computer programmer bootcamp, the youth turning the economy green, a young man accepts his father's flaws, and local musician Rebecca Chapa.

Journalists and artists pry into Richmond's broken housing projects, American-Muslim men open up their hearts, this week's Audiograph game of the week, and local musicians Parachute on Fire.

Playwright Chinaka Hodge on the gentrification of Oakland, walking around the entire perimeter of San Francisco, and the golden Gate Park Band.

From Amy Winehouse's warm vocals, to the lyrics focused on memories, listener Ava Kennedy thinks that Valerie is a soothing, calming tune. 

Carl Irons of Sausalito, chose this Arlo Guthrie track about railroads, because it helps him focus and stay on track to achieve his long-term goals. 

San Jose's Chuck Reed appreciates the Star Trek theme song, because he appreciates how it focuses on the future and progress.