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 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.


Mon January 9, 2012
Open Air 1/12/12

Open Air - Thursday, 1/12 at 1pm

Recorded in London, Alan's guest is musician and actor Stefan Bednarczyk, who performed at the annual Noel Coward Birthday Celebration and was music director for a new musical version of The Importance of Being Earnest.  


Wed January 4, 2012
Open Air 1/5/12

Open Air - Thursday, 1/5 at 1pm

Host Alan Farley talks with violinist Christian Tetzlaff, who is playing the Gyorgy Ligeti Violin Concerto this week with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.



Wed December 14, 2011
My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things - Monday at 9pm

Host Alan Farley's guest is Mark Rucker, Associate Artistic Director of the American Conservatory Theatre, who shares his favorite recordings.


Wed December 14, 2011
KALW Performing Arts Special

Noel Coward Birthday Special on Open Air, Thursday 12/22 at 1pm

For this year's thirtieth annual Noel Coward Birthday Special, host Alan Farley offers a retrospective of past celebrations.  Highlights include: Graham Payn on how he first met Coward, and how Noel wrote “Matelot” for him him; Elaine Stritch on how Coward discovered her and starred her in “Sail Away” on Broadway and in London; David Attenborough on visiting the set of “In Which We Serve,” in which his brother Richard played a leading role; and playwright Neil Simon on how Coward was instrumental in his career.  Thursday at 1pm.