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Thanksgiving Radio: Alice’s Restaurant, the Beatles, and Radio Drama

Catch Alice’s Restaurant this Thanksgiving 2017. See our updated list.

Every year on Thanksgiving a number of stations all over the United States air the 18 minute plus song “Alice’s Restaurant” by Arlo Guthrie.

Here in San Francisco, KFOG (104.5FM San Francisco/97.7FM San Jose) has been honoring that tradition for many years and will air the song twice tomorrow (Thursday, November 25, 2010), at 12noon and 6pm Pacific time in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The first public performance of the song was actually over the radio airwaves at New York station WBAI in 1967.

A few years back, I used to enjoy hearing KFJC DJ Dave Richoux do food-themed jazz shows on Thanksgiving. He won’t be doing a special this year, but here are a number of other options for your Thanksgiving listening pleasure:

WUMB (91.9 FM, Boston)

WUMB will be airing “Alice’s Restaurant” at 12noon Eastern time on Thanksgiving and will also be devoting the day’s programming to music documentaries and concerts, mainly focused on folk and country artists.

WBAI (99.5 FM, New York City)

Pacifica radio station WBAI in New York will be airing special programming to celebrate Indigenous Day.

WSCA (106.1 FM, Portsmouth, New Hampshire)

Portsmouth Community Radio DJ Shawn Henderson will be doing a “Thanksgiving with the Beatles” special in which he airs every Beatles song in alphabetical order starting at 7am Eastern time. Last year’s special was 13 hours long and this year’s is expected to take about 15 hours. You can also catch some Thanksgiving-themed radio drama and comedy (which aired last night) in the WSCA hourly mp3 archives (mp3).

Moody Radio (103.3 FM, Cleveland, Ohio)

Moody Radio is airing their original production, “The Crossing: A Cabin Boy’s Journal,” at 2pm on Thanksgiving. The Moody Bible Institute’s radio drama tells the tale of a cabin boy on the Mayflower. The special airs again on Sunday, November 28 at 3pm and can also be heard on their website.

The Splendid Table (syndicated, airing on numerous public radio stations)

The syndicated public radio show “The Splendid Table” will be airing a live, call-in special on Thursday beginning at 11am Eastern time focused on “Turkey Triage.”

If you know of other interesting radio specials this Thanksgiving, please add them to the comments.


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