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.



Wed February 15, 2012
Open Air February 16

Open Air February 16

Edo de Waart

Alan talks with Maestro Edo de Waart, who is conducting the San Francisco Symphony this week for the first time in fifteen years, and is now the Music Director of the Milwaukee Symphony.O


Thu February 9, 2012
Book Talk

Book Talk February 12 2012

Brian Selznick

Alan talks with Brian Selznick about his graphic novel, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," which is the basis for Martin Scorsese's film, "Hugo," which is up for numerous Oscars. [rebroadcast from 2007]



Wed February 8, 2012
Open Air February 9

Open Air February 9

Paula West

Alan's guests are song stylist Paula West, who is celebrating her new CD with a concert at Herbst Theatre on Saturday, and baritone Torlef Borsting, who is singing the role of Giorgio in Opera San Jose's production of Verdi's "La Traviata." Peter Robinson also stops by to talk about recent cultural events.



Sat February 4, 2012
Book Talk


Cornel West

Alan talks with Cornel West about his memoir, "Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud." [Rebroadcast from November 2009]



Tue January 31, 2012
Arts & Culture

Open Air February 2

Josiah Polhemus and Joan Holden

Alan talks with Josiah Polhemus, Artistic Director of Stagebridge and playwright Joan Holden about the world premiere of her play "Counter Attack," that the company is presenting. He also talks with Lucy Gaymer about the Mostly British Film Festival, which opens tonight.