Alan Farley

Design by Cal Tabuena-Frolli. Illustration by Olivia Henry.

When Heather Hernandez saw that KALW was seeking questions from listeners via Hey Area, she wrote in and asked, "Who has worked at KALW the longest?" We invited Heather to the station to interview some of our longest-standing employees. Steven Short — the original KALW newsroom volunteer — helped. 


KALW continues its exclusive partnership with the Berkeley Symphony for a broadcast that was recorded in Zellerbach Hall in December, dedicated to longtime KALW host, Alan Farley.  Music Director Joana Carneiro leads the symphony in Robert Schumann's "Symphony No.2," Gyorgi Ligeti's "Piano Concerto," with Shai Wosner as soloist, and the World Premiere of Berkeley native Dylan Mattingly's "Invisible Skyline."  David Latulippe hosts the broadcast.  Sunday at 4pm; Monday at 9pm.

An encore presentation of a special that host Alan Farley put together commemorating the 30th annual celebration of All Things Noel.  The broadcast includes highlights from some of the previous 29 years of specials.  Sunday, December 16 at 6pm

Host David Latulippe welcomes Alan Farley's regular cast of contributors to Open Air, including Peter Robinson, Ronald Chase, and Dianne Keogh for a special remembrance.

On Thursday morning, KALW broadcast an on-air tribute to Alan Farley including dozens of messages from listeners and members of the arts community of the Bay Area, stories from Alan's friends and colleagues as well as calls from people around the community the opportunity to call in and sharing their appreciations and recollections of Alan.


Alan Farley, 1936-2012.

Alan Farley passed away at a friend's home in San Francisco early Sunday morning.

This week on Open Air, Alan talks with author Michael Morpurgo, who wrote the original story that is the basis for the play Warhorse, and with conductor Eric Kujawsky (pictured), who is leading a performance of the Berlioz Requiem this weekend at Davies Symphony Hall, a performance that will feature a 200+ voice chorus and large orchestra.  Airs 8/2 at 1pm.  Listen anytime until 8/9 via KALW's Local Music Player.

On this week's Open Air, Alan Farley talks with composer and performer Meredith Monk.  Monk has a prominent role in the San Francisco Symphony's American Mavericks Festival.  He also visits with Michael Gene Sulllivan, who is directing "Julius Caesar" for the African American Shakespeare Company.   Here the broadcast anytime this week via KALW's Local Music Player.