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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8:56am

Tue July 24, 2012
Book Talk 7/29

Alan Hollinghurst

Alan talks with Alan Hollinghurst about his latest novel, "The Stranger's Child." [rebroadcast] Sunday at 6:30

12:05pm

Thu July 19, 2012
Book Talk 7/22

Lynda LaPlante

Alan talks with Lynda LaPlante anot her latest Anna Travis mystery, "Blind Fury." [rebroadcast from October, 2011] Sunday at 6:30 PM

11:57am

Thu July 19, 2012
Open Air July 19

Music and Theatre

Alisa Weilerstein

Alan talks with cellist Alisa Weilerstein, who is playing the Dvorak concerto this week with the San Francisco Symphony, and wirh producer Mark Huestis, who is producing a new mounting of "Marat/Sade." in San Francisco.

2:07pm

Mon July 2, 2012
Open Air 7/5

Willy Wonka ~ on stage in Berkeley

Elizabeth McKoy, Vernon Bush

Alan talks with Elizabeth McKoy, founding Artistic Director of the Berkeley Playhouse, and singer Vernon Bush, who is playing the title role in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," which opens at the Playhouse next week. Alan also concludes his conversation with Maestro Giuseppi Finzi, who is conducting the Schwabacher Summer Concert of the Merola Opera Program this week.  Broadcast 7/5 at 1pm.  Listen anytime through 7/12 via KALW's Local Music Player.

11:37am

Mon July 2, 2012
Book Talk

Book Talk July 8, 2012

Christopher Buckley

Alan talks with Christopher Buckley about his new satirical novel, "They Eat Puppies, Don't They?"

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