Although people have mixed feelings about the annual radio broadcasts of Arlo Guthrie’s 18-minute plus epic “Alice’s Restaurant” on Thanksgiving, it’s something that has become a tradition for many families and radio stations. This year is no exception, with stations all over the country setting aside time on Thanksgiving for the airing of the classic song. While some people can’t wait, others are already expressing dread.
Josh Sternberg (@joshsternberg) writes on Twitter, “Thanksgiving is my holiday. And of all the traditions of the weekend, Alice’s Restaurant is my anchor.” On the flip side, Emily Bailey (@anemilyb) writes, “My family gets tense on Thanksgiving because they know that if I hear even one note of Alice’s Restaurant I will go berserk and kill them.”
So, my list of stations playing “Alice’s Restaurant” tomorrow can be viewed as not only a public service for fans, but also for haters, so that they can avoid the offending channels. Of course, with modern technology, you can also listen to the song any time you like if you own the record or have access to a computer…It’s also featured on the Radio Stuff podcast.
Alice’s Restaurant on the radio in 2013:
KPIG in Freedom, California (107.5FM/Freedom, KPYG 94.9/Cayucos/SLO) will be airing it a whopping 4 times, at 9am, noon, 6pm, and 10pm.
WMMR 93.3 FM in Philadelphia will air it at 10am, noon, and 2pm on Thanksgiving.
WZLX 100.7 FM in Boston will be airing it at 9am, noon, and 4pm on Thanksgiving.
DC101 in Washington, D.C. will air it bright and early at 7am on Thanksgiving.
KSHE 95 in St. Louis will air it at 12noon on Thanksgiving.
92.5 The Fox in Cincinnati will air it at 11am and 7pm on Thanksgiving.
Radio Woodstock 100.1 in Woodstock, New York will air it at 9 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. Thursday at 100.1 FM.
KXT 91.7 will air it at noon and 6pm on Thanksgiving for North Texas listeners.
WXRT will air it for Chicago listeners at 11am and at 6pm on Thanksgiving. Preceding that, there will be a Turkey Drop Rock Opera special starting at 7:30am on Wednesday. And, WXRT is sharing a playlist of music for the kitchen crew too.
96.1 KLPX in Tucson will air Alice’s Restaurant AND Adam Sandler’s Thanksgiving song all day back-to-back on its KLPXmas Holiday channel (online and HD).
WPGS 840 AM in Titusville, Florida will air Alice’s Restaurant at noon on Thanksgiving.
96.3 K-TWIN in Minnesota will play Alice’s Restaurant it in the “noon hour” on Thanksgiving.
Other Thanksgiving specials:
On the Vermont Public Radio website there’s no mention of Alice’s Restaurant in the Thanksgiving section, but there will be a broadcast of the live call-in show Turkey Confidential. Listeners can call in to get emergency cooking advice from 11am to 1pm Eastern time on Thanksgiving.
Similary, Abilene Public Radio may not be airing Alice’s Restaurant, but the station will broadcast a reading of the story Squanto: The First Thanksgiving at 11am, as well as some syndicated programming pertinent to the holiday.
Jefferson Public Radio in Oregon will air Turkey Confidential, Giving Thanks, and a food-themed episode of American Rhythm.