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 May 22, 2012
open Air May 24

Open Air May 24

Hilary Hahn

Alan talks with violinist Hilary Hahn, who is playing with the San Francisco Symphony this week, and with Artistic Director Rob Melrose and playwright Anthony Clarvoe about the New Experimental Plays festival at Cutting Ball Theatre.


Tue May 15, 2012
Book Talk

Book Talk May 20, 2012

Jacques d'Amboise

Alan revisits two of his 2011 interviews:

Jacques d'Amboise talks about his memoir, "I Was a Dancer"

Randall Robinson talks about his novel, "Makeda"


Tue May 15, 2012
Open Air May 17

Open Air May 17

Brian Mulligan

Alan talks with Brian Mulligan, who is singing the role of Richard Nixon in "Nixon in China" at the San Francisco Opera, and chats with the Chronicle's Bruce Jenkins about the baseball season.


Wed May 9, 2012
Book Talk

Book Talk May 13, 2012

Cornel West

Alan rebroadcasts two significant interviews in this special membership campaign program:

Cornel West, talking about his memoir, "Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud."

Tavis Smiley, talking about his book, "Fail Up - 20 Lessons for Building Success from Failure."


Tue May 8, 2012
Open Air May 10

Open Air May 10

Ellen Zwilich

Alan talks with John Mangum, Director of Artistic Planning for the San Francisco Symphony, about their "Barbary Coast and Beyond" concerts this week, featuring music from the gold rush to the Panama-Pacific Exposition. He also talks with composer Ellen Zwilich about the world premiere of the violin concerto she has written for Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, which takes place this week with the New Century Chamber Orchestra. And Ronald Chase stops by to chat about recent cultural events.