Once again it’s time for my annual run-down of some of the radio stations playing the Arlo Guthrie epic “Alice’s Restaurant” as part of an annual Thanksgiving Day tradition. There’s no exhaustive list of stations that plan to air the song, so I suggest you do your own research to see if your hometown station might be playing it as well.
In the next few months, you may also get the chance to hear the song live in concert, as tickets are already on sale for Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant 50th Tour.” Those of you in the New York area can also catch Arlo Guthrie live at Carnegie Hall this Saturday (November 29th) for his annual Thanksgiving Concert with the Guthrie Family.
Community radio station KBOO is also doing a screening of the film Alice’s Restaurant as a station fundraiser tomorrow night (Wednesday, November 26, 2014) at 7pm at the Clinton Street Theater in Portland, Oregon.
Of course, you can listen to Alice’s Restaurant any time you like online, or even enjoy an illustrated version on YouTube, but if you are old school and want to hear it live on the radio, here are some options:
KFOG (104.5/97.7 FM in San Francisco) will play Alice’s Restaurant at noon Pacific time on Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 27).
WDCV 88.3 FM (Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA) will play Alice’s Restaurant every even hour on the hour (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12) on Thanksgiving Day.
KISM 92.9 FM (Bellingham, Washington): Is playing Alice’s Restaurant at 6am, 9am, noon, 3pm, and 6pm Pacific time on Thanksgiving Day.
92 KQRS (Minneapolis, Minnesota): Will play Alice’s Restaurant at 11am and 6pm on Thanksgiving Day.
WFUV 90.7 FM (Fordham University station in Bronx, NY): Will play Alice’s Restaurant on Thanksgiving day at noon Eastern time.
WFIT 89.5FM (Melbourne, Florida): On Thanksgiving Day from 10am to 1pm Eastern time, the Florida radio station will play a “new updated version of the song.” According to WFIT, “Arlo will tell us what the Guthrie’s ‘really do’ on Thanksgiving.”
Q104.3: The New York classic rock radio station will play it at noon on Thanksgiving.
WPLR 99.1 FM (Milford, CT): Will play Alice’s Restaurant at 6am, 12noon and 6pm on Thanksgiving.
93.7 FM the Bus (State College, PA) will be playing it several times on Thanksgiving, but it doesn’t specify the exact times.
If you know of more stations planning to air the song this year, please add them in the comments. Also, take a look at my Alice’s Restaurant posts from 2013, 2012, and 2010 to see some of the stations that have played it in the past and to learn more about the tradition.