Sandy has been broadcasting on 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 which also produces local programming. It is part of the San Francisco Unified School District and is located behind Phillip Burton High School, broadcasting on 91.7 fm and www.kalw.org.
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 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, and Mediterranean, and now 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 grandfather was a teenage cowboy for Pancho Villa.
Sandy holds a B.A. in World Literature, four years of graduate work in Myth & Symbolism, and an M.A. in Philosophy & Comparative Religion.
Producing popular segments for the CBC in Toronto, she was a correspondent to the Global Village show, 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 given pre-concert presentations there on world music. She wrote about early 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 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.