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.



Tue February 28, 2012
Book Talk

Book Talk March 4 2012

Christopher Bram

Alan talks with Christopher Bram about his book, "Eminent Outlaws - The Gay Writers Who Changed America,"


Mon February 27, 2012
Open Air March 1

Open Air March 1

Eva Soltes

Alan talks with filmmaker Eva Soltes about her documentary "Lou Harrison - A World of Music," which has its premiere next week at the Castro theatre. Ronald Chase also stops by to talk about recent cultural events.


Thu February 23, 2012
Book Talk

Book Talk February 26 2012

Edmund White

Alan talks with pioneering gay author Edmund White about his latest novel, "Jack Holmes and His Friend."


Wed February 22, 2012
Open Air February 23

Open Air February 23

Alan talks with conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini and pianist Olivier Cave, who are making their debuts with the San Francisco Symphony this week. The program consists of Haydn's Symphony No. 104, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 and Mozart's Symphony No. 39.


Fri February 17, 2012
Book Talk

Book Talk February 19 2012

Emily Leider

Alan talks with Emily Leider about her biography "Myrna Loy - The Only Good Girl in Hollywood."