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Listen Now: On-Air Tribute to Alan Farley

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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.

Alan served as a host and producer at KALW for nearly forty years before going on medical leave in August following his diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. 

Alan's passing is a huge loss for us here at KALW.  He was a friend, a colleague, and a unique presence. 

Alan's career at KALW spanned the station's transformation from its roots as a training institution to public service broadcaster.  One interview at a time, he did incredible work to support the Bay Area's arts and cultural institutions.

So many people were touched by Alan’s voice, by his skill and generosity as an interviewer, and by his infectious enthusiasm for music and theater and books.   In recent weeks, dozens of listeners shared their memories and appreciations of Alan.  Those kind words meant a great deal to him in his final days.

A memorial is being planned, but a date and location have not yet been  set.

Matt Martin was KALW’s general manager from 2006 through 2018. Under his leadership, KALW grew into one of the most productive and innovative stations in public radio. Programs launched at KALW during Matt’s tenure as GM include the award-winning local newsmagazine Crosscurrents, the design podcast 99% Invisible, and the Spanish-language narrative journalism program Radio Ambulante. He helped create the station’s Audio Academy, a year-long program aimed at developing new talents in public radio, and led the first broad-based strategic planning process in the station’s history.