Alan Farley

In Memoriam (1936-2012):  KALW lost an important voice for the arts in the Bay Area, our senior announcer, Alan Farley, in October of 2012.  Alan’s diagnosis and subsequent passing of pancreatic and liver cancer was sudden, and a shock to all of us here at KALW. 

Alan Farley was born in Idaho in 1936 and spent his formative years in Seattle, though he finished his high school career in Southern California in 1953.  Farley attended Caltech as a mathematics undergrad, and went on to pursue graduate degrees at the University of Michigan and the University of California, Berkeley.  He served as Chairman of the Mathematics Department at Morehouse College in Atlanta from 1964-1969.  He has also been a faculty member at Merritt College.

As a music aficionado, Farley served as guide and head guide to the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Berkshire Music Festival during the summers of 1958, '59 and '60.  He's also been a Road Manager to Richard Pryor.

And as a radio lover, Alan has been a volunteer and staff member at KPFA, until he transitioned to KALW in 1975, where he was founding host and producer of Book Talk, My Favorite Things, Open Air, Explorations in Music, the Berkeley Symphony broadcasts and various performing arts specials, and continues to provide a "Noel Coward Entr'acte" between My Word! & My Music each Friday evening at 8:30.

You can find information about all of Alan's programs in 2012 below.  Click here for information about his shows from 2011 and before.

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7:59am

Tue August 28, 2012
Book Talk 9/2

John Irving

Alan talks with John Irving about his latest novel "In One Person." Sunday at 6:30 PM [rebroadcast]

11:31am

Thu August 23, 2012
Book Talk 8/26

T. C.Boyle

Alan talks with T. C. Boyle about his latest novel, "When the Killing's Done." Sunday at 6:30 PM [rebroadcast]

8:24am

Thu August 23, 2012
Open Air August 23

Shakespeare Santa Cruz

Marco Barricelli

Guest host David Latulippe presents Alan Farley's interviews with Marco Barricelli, Artistic Director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and Michael Morpurgo (rerun), author of the original story that inspired "Warhorse." David also talks with Dianne Keogh about recent cultural events. Thursday at 1 PM.

11:08am

Tue August 14, 2012
Book Talk 8/19

Edmund White

Alan talks with Edmund White about his latest novel, "Jack Holmes and His Friend." [rebroadcast] Sunday at 6:30 PM.

10:49am

Tue August 14, 2012
Open Air August 16

An Hour with Barrington Pheloung

Barrington Pheloung is the composer of the original theme for the "Inspector Morse" television series, and he scored all 33 episodes. Today he is doing the same for the "Inspector Lewis" and "Endeavour" series. I visited him in his studio in England in 1997 for this program, where we see him at work on a "Morse" episode, and hear some of his other music. First broadcast in 1997. Thursday 1 PM.

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