Sandy has been an occasional host of Folk Music & Beyond on KALW in San Francisco since 2008. KALW is an NPR/CBC/BBC affiliate in San Francisco. Previously, Sandy hosted Music of the World; Focus on Women in Music; Women, Spirit, & Peace; and Folk Music From Near & Far Out on KPFA 94.1 FM, Berkeley, CA for 28 years.
Sandy produced the OneOlympic website for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino Italy, recruiting engineers, artists, and musicians to perform both virtual and live segments. Sandy also works as a freelance writer and public relations creative.
A native of San Francisco, Sandy has traveled extensively in the Pacific & Europe, and has been to Hawai`i 150 times. Growing up, she spent time every year on her grandparents’ cotton farm in South Texas, twenty miles from the nearest town.
Sandy holds a B.A. in Myth & Symbolism, and M.A. in Philosophy & Religion.
Sandy has produced popular segments for the CBC in Toronto, broadcast across Canada on Radio One, and around the world on short wave. She has 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 given pre-concert presentations there. She wrote about Hawaiian musicians for the “Muisc 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 19 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, guitar, drumming, and percussion. Her instrument now is the ukelele.
Sandy was trained in the magic of radio at KPFA, and is grateful for an education there that money could never buy. She’s made her living as a writer and cultural communicator all her life, and does radio for the pure joy of it. She received a Hawaiian “Aloha Spirit” award in 2010 in San Francisco from leading Hawaiian elders.