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Guide to the Alan Farley Collection ARS.0067
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  • Biographical/Historical note
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  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Scope and Contents note
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  • Title: Alan Farley Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: ARS.0067
    Contributing Institution: Archive of Recorded Sound
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 8.75 linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1994-2009
    Abstract: The Alan Farley Collection consists primarily of recordings made for the radio program Book Talk recorded on audio cassette tapes, digital audio tapes and compact discs. Book Talk airs on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco, California, though some of the recordings are used for other radio programs Farley hosts on KALW, such as the show Open Air.
    Language of Materials note: English
    Location note: Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound Stanford University Libraries Stanford, California 94305-3076
    Creator: Farley, Alan

    Arrangement note

    The collection is organized into one series: I. The Alan Farley Collection, and thirteen boxes: I. 1996-1997 Book Talk Episodes. II. 1998 Book Talk Episodes. III. 1999 Book Talk Episodes. IV. 2000 Book Talk Episodes. V. 2001 Book Talk Episodes. VI. 2002 Book Talk Episodes. VII. 2003 Book Talk Episodes. VII. 2004 Book Talk Episodes. IX. 2005 Book Talk Episodes. X. 2006 Book Talk Episodes. XI. 2007 Book Talk Episodes. XII. 2008 Book Talk Episodes. XIII. 2008-2009 Book Talk Episodes.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Alan Farley is a volunteer producer of talk and music programming at the noncommercial public radio station KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco, California. He is host and producer for the music show Open Air and the talk show Book Talk, described by KALW's website as, "in-depth interviews with contemporary authors." Additionally, Farley hosts I Love To Rhyme, My Favorite Things and Explorations in Music. Farley has been involved with KALW since 1975. KALW has been broadcasting since March 1941, and was the first FM radio station in San Francisco, as well as the first educational FM station in the United States.
    Though the interviews in the collection are sometimes used for other shows, they are recorded for broadcast first on Book Talk. The show has interviewed such authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Isabel Allende, Salman Rushdie, Al Franken, Gore Vidal, John Updike, George Stephanopoulos, Chastity (Chaz) Bono, Mary Higgins Clarke, Michael Ondaatje, Sherman Alexie, Caroline Kennedy, and Armistead Maupin. It is a half hour long show broadcast weekly.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection is open for research. Listening appointments may require 24 hours notice. Contact the Archive Operations Manager.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    Property rights reside with repository. Publication and reproduction rights reside with the creators or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Head Librarian of the Archive of Recorded Sound.

    Preferred Citation note

    Alan Farley Collection, ARS.0067. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, CA.

    Scope and Contents note

    The Alan Farley Collection consists of recordings made by Alan Farley for the Book Talk radio program on KALW 91.7 in San Francisco, California. The recordings are on audio cassette tapes, digital audio tapes and compact discs. The recordings are interviews between Alan Farley and numerous local, national and international authors of fiction and nonfiction works.


    This finding aid was produced with generous financial support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    KALW (Radio station : San Francisco, Calif.)
    Authors--20th century--Interviews
    Radio interviews
    Radio talk shows
    Radio programs--United States
    San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)