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Thanksgiving “Alice’s Restaurant” Radio Tradition Continues in 2012

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What’s Your Thanksgiving Tradition? (Photo of Jennifer’s mom’s yams by J. Waits)

A few years back I wrote about the tradition of many radio stations playing the lengthy song “Alice’s Restaurant” on Thanksgiving. Every year I’m curious to see how many stations plan to play the classic folk song.

Apparently listeners are vocal about their desire to hear this song on the radio every year. A post on the website for commercial radio station 96.9 The Eagle states, “Arlo Guthrie’s nearly 20-minute epic tale has become synonymous with Thanksgiving, at least to the thousands of people that call/email/Facebook us demanding we play it…”

Here’s an incomplete list of some of the stations that plan to honor this tradition this year:

KZFR 90.1 FM in Chico, CA: According to a blog post by KZFR host Tom Leonardi, this song is a Thanksgiving Eve tradition on the American Pastimes show which airs on Wednesdays from 3 to 5pm.

WGXC 90.7 FM in Greene and Columbia Counties, New York: From 9am to noon on Thanksgiving, the WGXC morning show will be doing a special hosted by Alice Brock, “the artist, activist, and restaurant owner of the iconic Arlo Guthrie song, ‘Alice’s Restaurant.'” The show will feature an interview with Ron Puhalski and will include music from the 1960s as well as the song “Alice’s Restaurant” in its entirety.

93 WXRT in Chicago will be playing Alice’s Restaurant twice on Thanksgiving, including at 11am. XRT also posted a short audio documentary about the history of the song in its Lin’s Bin feature.

KRNN 102.7 FM in Juneau, Alaska will be airing Alice’s Restaurant during the 8am to 10am show on Thanksgiving.

96.9 The Eagle in Sacramento, CA: The Eagle will be playing Alice’s Restaurant at 8am, 12 noon and 5pm on Thanksgiving day this year.

WFUV 90.7 FM in Bronx, NY: WFUV will be airing Alice’s Restaurant at 12noon and will also be playing a number of live performances throughout Thanksgiving day from 10am to midnight (including an excerpt of the Guthrie Family Reunion at the Newport Folk Festival).

KINK 101.9 FM in Portland, OR: Alice’s Restaurant will air at noon and 6pm on Thanksgiving.

WODZ 96.1 in Central New York: I’m guessing they will be airing the song Alice’s Restaurant since they posted about its history. If they do plan to play it, no time was given.

WTTS 92.3 FM in Indiana: WTTS will air Alice’s Restaurant on Thanksgiving at 6am and noon.

WYEP 91.3 FM in Pittsburgh will be playing Alice’s Restaurant at around noon on Thanksgiving.

97 Rock in Buffalo New York will be playing Alice’s Restaurant at noon and 6pm on Thanksgiving.

WBAB 102.3 in Long Island, New York will be playing Alice’s Restaurant on Thanksgiving at 9am, noon and 5pm.

KDKB 93.3 FM in Arizona: Perhaps in order to avoid playing the song over the air, KDKB posted a link to the 23-minute song for listeners to view on their own schedule. According to a post on KDKB, “Once again KDKB is offering up Arlo Guthrie’s ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ any time *you* choose! No need to schedule your day around us. It’s an ‘on-demand’ world. So, here it is NOW! You can listen over & over, pass it along to your friends, or gather round and listen as a family.”

Well, of course, we can all listen to “Alice’s Restaurant” any time we’d like in the digital space, but isn’t there something magical about hearing it over terrestrial radio at the exact same time as thousands of other listeners in your town?

If your local stations plan to air the song, please let me know in the comments section of this post. Happy Thanksgiving!



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17 Responses to Thanksgiving “Alice’s Restaurant” Radio Tradition Continues in 2012

  1. Taza Guthrie November 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    KXCI Community Radio in Tucson, Arizona, 91.3 on your FM dial! Steadfast and true to Alice’s Restaurant for i don’t know how many years! :)

  2. D Beck November 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    WXPN 88.5 in Philly plays it every Thanksgiving around noon

  3. tom November 20, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    going to jackson Michigan don’t know the radio stations in the area. Really need to hear it on Thanksgiving day any help out there ?

  4. Mike Janssen November 21, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    I will be playing it on my show on WPFW-FM in Washington, D.C., tonight sometime between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Eastern time. Visit http://www.wpfw.org to listen online.

  5. shannon tucker November 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    104.7 in Dayton Ohio plays it every year too

  6. Clint November 21, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    In Houston, KKRW-FM has played it on Thanksgiving for years. And I have listened on Thanksgiving for years. For the past few, about the only time I tune it in actually. According to their website they are continuing the tradition at noon at 5p.

  7. HeauxBeaux November 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    Sirius Ch 24 Margaritaville promises to play it sporadically throughout the day Thanksgiving day tomorrow. I remember about 3 Thanksgiving’s back, Sirius played it in full EXCLUSIVE rotation all day, and my wife and I listened to it on the entire 400 mile drive from ATL to Jackson MS; and I swear that at one point, the DJ overdubbed a gunshot at the beginning of the umpteenth play.

  8. Bill Robinson November 21, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    WKQQ 100.1 Lexington, KY plays it at noon.

  9. thomas larkin November 21, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Q104.3 in NYC has been playing it for years at Noon as did its predecessor the 102.7 WNEW did it for yrs. Don’t you know, Scottso…

  10. thomas larkin November 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    Q104.3 in NYC has been playing it for years at Noon as did its predecessor 102.7 WNEW did it for yrs. Don’t you know, Scottso…

  11. John Schulman November 21, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    WUMB Folk radio (U-Mass Boston) is playing it at 9 am and noon, EST.

  12. Marillyn November 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

    WDVE in Pittsburgh @ Noon for as long as I can remember !!

  13. Allison November 21, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    WDVX in Knoxville

  14. Roy November 21, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    WMLB 1690/The Voice Of The Arts, Atlanta, will broadcast the Massacree at 12:06PM following the CBS News. Also streams at 1690wmlb.com .

  15. Patricia November 22, 2012 at 6:26 am #

    Community Radio, KXCI will play Alice’s Restaurant at 8AM and 1PM MST. You can listen online!

  16. kp November 22, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    KBKD simply posted a YouTube video… & not the original 1967 version. Thanks for the effort, but not the same as a scheduled original hearing!

  17. kat November 22, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    KPIG in Freedom, California plays it four times during the day every Thanksgiving

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