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.



Sat January 28, 2012
Arts & Culture

Open Air January 27

Alan talks with Joy Carlin, who is directing "Body Awareness" for the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley, with her daughter Nancy, who is directing "Arms and the Man" for Center Repertory in Walnut Creek, and with Nancy's husband, actor Howard Swain, who is appearing in "Body Awareness." Dianne Keogh also stops by to talk about recent cultural events with Alan.


Mon January 23, 2012
Book Talk

Book Talk January 29

Alan talks with novelist P. D. James about her latest Adam Dalgleish mystery, "The Private Patient."  [Rebroadcast from 2009]



Thu January 19, 2012
Berkeley Symphony

Berkeley Symphony Broadcast

cellist Johannes Moser

Sunday, January 22 from 4-6pm.   Music Director Joana Carneiro leads the orchestra in Brahms' "Symphony No. 3", the Bay Area Premiere of Enrico Chapela's "Li Po", and the Shostakovich "Cello Concerto No. 1" with cellist Johannes Moser.   Alan Farley is broadcast host, with an interview feature with soloist Johannes Moser.  (concert recorded 10/27/11 in Zellerbach Hall)


Thu January 19, 2012
Book Talk 22 January 2012

Thomas Lynley Mystery

Alan talks with Elizabeth George about her latest Thomas Lynley mystery, "Believing the Lie."


Tue January 17, 2012
Open Air 1/19/12

Open Air

Thursday, 1/19 at 1pm.  Alan talks with conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, who is leading the San Francisco Symphony this week in a program of music by Stravinsky, Ravel, Dallapiccola, and de Falla.