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 1, 2012
Book Talk

Book Talk May 6, 2012

Mac Barnett

Alan talks with Mac Barnett about his picture books, and the latest in his Brixton Brothers mysteries, "The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity."


Tue May 1, 2012
Open Air May 3

Open Air May 3

Jane Glover

Alan's guests this week are conductor Jane Glover, who is leading the San Francisco Symphony this week in Bach and Handel,  and Anne Elias and Mark Ellinger from Cutting Ball Theatre, talking about their production of "Tenderloin."


Tue April 24, 2012
Book Talk

Book Talk April 29, 2012

Jonah Lehrer

Alan talks with Jonah Lehrer about his book, "Imagine: How Creativity Works."


Tue April 24, 2012
open Air April 26

Open Air April 26

Susanna Malkki

Alan talks with Susanna Malkki, who is making her conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony this week in music of Grisey, Prokofiev and Sibelius. He also talks with clarinetist and composer Beth Custer, whose Ensemble is performing in Davis After Hours Friday night after the Symphony concert.


Wed April 18, 2012
Book Talk

Book Talk April 22, 2012

Dave Newhouse

Alan talks with Dave Newhouse about his new book "Before Boxing Lost Its Punch."