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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8:52am

Mon August 6, 2012
Book Talk 8/12

Michael Lindsay-Hogg

Alan talks with film and television director Michael Lindsay-Hogg about his memoir, "Luck and Circumstance: Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York and Points Beyond." Sunday at 6:30 PM [rebroadcast]

8:24am

Mon August 6, 2012
Open Air August 9

ZOFO Duo

Alan talks with the members of the ZOFO Duo, pianists Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermen, and plays excerpts fro, their new CD, "Mind Meld: Works for One Piano, Four Hands." Thursday at 1 PM.

8:01am

Tue July 31, 2012
Book Talk 8/5

Amir Sultani

Alan talks with Amir Sultani about the graphic novel he has written with Khalil, "Kahra's Paradise." Sunday at 6:30 PM [rebroadcast]

4:10pm

Mon July 30, 2012
Open Air August 2

"Warhorse" and Berlioz

Michael Morpurgo

Alan talks with Michael Morpurgo, who wrote the book "Warhorse,"that became the basis for the hit Play and movie. He also talks with Maestro Eric Kujawsky, who is conducting a performance of the Berlioz Requiem this weekend at Davies Hall. Thursday at 1 PM.

2:16pm

Tue July 24, 2012
Open Air July 26

Andrea Marcovicci

Alan talks with singer Andrea Marcovicci, who is appearing at the Rrazz Room in San Francisco, and has a baseball chat with Chronicle columnist Bruce Jenkins. Peter Robinson also stops by to talk about recent cultural events. Thursday at 1 PM

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