Sandy has been broadcasting on public radio/community station KALW in San Francisco since 2006 when she was first invited by Nicole Sawaya to curate a Hawaiian series from Kauai community radio. Since 2008 she has regularly hosted specials on KALW’s Folk Music & Beyond.
KALW is an NPR/CBC/BBC affiliate in San Francisco founded in 1941 and is the first FM signal west of the Mississippi. KALW produces wonderful local programming and has a lively training program for young people wanting to learn how to make radio. It’s part of the San Francisco Unified School District, broadcasting on 91.7 fm and webcasting on www.kalw.org.
Before KALW, Sandy hosted Music of the World; Focus on Women in Music; Women, Spirit, & Peace; and Folk Music From Near & Far Out on KPFA FM, in Berkeley, California starting in 1988.
Sandy produced a website for the 2006 Olympics in Italy, recruiting engineers, artists, and musicians to perform both virtual and live segments. Sandy has also worked for 35 years as a freelance writer and creative.
A native of San Francisco, Sandy has traveled extensively in the Pacific, Europe, Scandinavia, and the Mediterranean, and spends part-time in Hawai`i . Growing up, she spent time every summer on her grandparents’ cotton farm in South Texas not far from the Mexican border. Her French/German grandfather was a teenage cowboy for Pancho Villa and was a hard-working tenant farmer for most of his life. Her Irish grandmother raised chickens, took part in quilting bees, and looked after a number of orphaned children.
Sandy holds a B.A. in World Literature, four years of graduate work in Myth & Symbolism, and an M.A. in World Philosophy & Religion.
Producing popular segments for the CBC in Toronto, she was a correspondent to Global Village, broadcast across Canada on Radio One, and around the world on short wave. She has also written about music and culture for the San Francisco Chronicle, Islands Magazine, Froots in London, and Rhythm Magazine in New York. She has written for Stanford University’s Lively Arts magazine, and has been a pre-concert lecturer at Stanford on world music. She wrote about early Hawaiian musicians for the Music Hound Guide to World Music.
Sandy was one of the photographers for the Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary box set that won a 2002 Grammy for “Best Liner Notes.” Sandy has been a voting member of NARAS (the Grammys) for 20 years, and also votes in Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards, the Hawaiian Grammys.
Sandy was trained in Nigerian, Congolese, and Brazilian drumming, percussion, dance, and singing by Babatunde Olatunji, Titos Sompa, Malonga Casquelourde, Glen Velez, and John Neves. She has been a musician since she was five, studying violin, piano, and acoustic and electric guitar, as well as goatskin, conga, and frame drumming, and percussion. Her favorite instrument now is the mixing board.
Trained in the magic of radio at Pacifica Radio’s KPFA, Mz. Miranda is grateful for an education there that money could never buy. She has made her living as a writer and cultural communicator for 35 years, and now broadcasts music & cultural content for the pure fun of it. She received a Hawaiian “Aloha Spirit” award in 2010 in San Francisco from leading Hawaiian elders. She continues to do cultural work on the Island of Maui.