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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9:27am

Wed April 18, 2012
open Air April 19

Open Air April 19

Stephane Deneve

Alan talks with conductor Stephane Deneve, who is conducting the San Francisco Symphony this week in a program of music by Roussel, Saint Saens and Stravinsky, and with conductor James Marcheso, who is leading performances of Gounod's "Faust" for Opera San Jose.

10:59pm

Tue April 10, 2012
Open Air April 12

Open Air April 12

Will Durst

Alan talks with Mike Strunsky, the head of the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trusts, about the exhibit  "Treasures of the Gershwin Archive" at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, and  the revue "The Man That Got Away: Ira After Gorge," which plays there this weekend. He also talks with comedian and social critic Will Durst, who is performing his show "Elect to Laugh" at the Marsh in San Francisco weekly until the election.

5:39pm

Tue April 10, 2012
Book Talk

Book Talk April 15, 2012

Mike Wallace

Alan rebroadcasts his 2005 interview with iconic journalist Mike Wallace, who died last weekend. They discussd his memoir, "Between You and Me."

10:26pm

Tue April 3, 2012
Book Talk

Book Talk April 8, 2012

Noah Hawley

Alan talks with Noah Hawley about his new novel, "The Good Father."

10:22pm

Tue April 3, 2012
Open Air April 5

Open Air April 5

Margaret Schaefer and Delia MacDougall

Alan talks with Margaret Schaefer, who has produced a new translation of Schnitzler's "Anatol" for the Aurora Theatre, and with actress Delia MacDougall, who plays all the women in the production. He also talks with performer Marilyn Pittman about her one-woman show, "It's All the Rage,"which she is playing at The Marsh in San Francisco.

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