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Thanksgiving 2014 Brings Another Chance to Hear Alice’s Restaurant on the Radio

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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.

iRadioPhilly: Will play Alice’s Restaurant at noon and 6pm Eastern time on the classic rock Ziggy station 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.

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0 Responses to Thanksgiving 2014 Brings Another Chance to Hear Alice’s Restaurant on the Radio

  1. JeffConn November 25, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    Like every year for the last 25 or so, 106.9 the Fox in Hampton Roads will play “Alice’s Restaurant” at noon ET on Thanksgiving.

  2. Walter Snyder November 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    101 The Fox (KCFX) will broadcast at 101.1 FM in the Kansas City area and stream it at noon CST (1800 GMT). In St. Louis, KSHE95 will also play it at noon at 94.7 FM. Not sure when they began doing so, but it was already a St. Louis tradition by the mid-1970s.

  3. Maria November 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    On Long Island, New York, tune in to 102.3 WBAB Thanksgiving Day at 9am, Noon and 5pm for the annual airing of Arlo Guthrie’s 18 minute and 34 second legendary musical monolog “Alice’s Restaurant”, in its entirety! Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Jon Kalish November 26, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    For the record, Alice’s Restaurant was first heard on the radio before the song was out on a record. It was performed live on Bob Fass’ show, “Radio Unnameable.” Fass still does the program on WBAI-FM. In the days and weeks after Guthrie performed the tune on WBAI, Fass played a tape of the live performance over and over again before the record came out. “Radio Unnameable” airs Thursday at midnight. I wonder if he will play it this week…

    • Steve Di Costanzo November 27, 2014 at 8:28 am #

      Please see my post below re WPKN 89.5-FM (Bridgeport, CT) and a young programmer in 1966, Sandy Goldfarb from WPKN getting a tape recording from an NYC show from some Colombia U students who recorded it and playing it on her folk show. After she saw the Fass doc she spoke with him and he confirmed she and WPKN were first

  5. barbara marino November 26, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    looks like Boston is dropping the ball this year. It’s the first time in many years that the local stations are not playing it.

    • Ethan November 27, 2014 at 9:08 am #

      No, WZLX is playing it right now as I type (100.7 FM; or on on your smartphone).

      • Ethan November 27, 2014 at 9:31 am #

        And it will be replayed at 4:00 pm ET.

  6. Lynn November 26, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    KINK FM in Portland, OR, has participated for years! If your radio station does not participate, you can stream KINK here: The song will play at noon PST and again, I believe, at 6 pm PST. Enjoy!

  7. Mary Sue Twohy November 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    SiriusXM The Village ch 741 will be hosting the Guthrie Family Takes Over The Village on SiriusXM from 6a to 12 midnight ET on Thanksgiving. Alice’s Restaurant and variants of the song will be played no less than 5 times throughout teh day along with original music from all musical Guthries and Thanksgiving wishes from Arlo and all of his children – quite a herd! Nice folks!

    If luck is a lady, you may hear Alice’s Restaurant at these times tomorrow:
    8 AM ET, 12 noon ET, 4:40 PM ET, 9:05 PM ET,11:53 PM ET

    Mary Sue Twohy

  8. Bill Revill November 26, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    WESU 88.1 in Middletown CT played it last night (my show, “Acoustic Blender” is a Tuesday night show). Do it every year as it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it. Tradition….

  9. Charles Everett November 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    KFOG is at 104.5 in San Francisco and 97.7 in San Jose. KQRS is at 92.5 in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

    Also, WPLR is in New Haven, Connecticut.

  10. Jack Reynolds November 26, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    WUMB (91.9) in Boston, part of YMass Boston, at 9am, 1pm, and 4 pm!

  11. Tom Kennedy November 26, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    We will be playing Alice’s Restaurant for the Marion Ohio audience. A little after 8am, shortly after 12n, 5:30p and just after 9:00pm. I have played this traditional song since the late 70’s on each station I’ve been at. Happy now to play it on our own LPFM.

  12. Theo November 26, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    WBLM (102.9) from Portland Maine every Thanksgiving at Noon.

  13. Bill November 26, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    The wonderful KPIG near Santa Cruz (and everywhere online) will be playing “Alice’s Restaurant” four times (!) on Thanksgiving Day, starting with the first broadcast at 9 AM (Pacific Time).

  14. Jennifer November 26, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    Thanks everyone!

  15. Diane November 26, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    WDHA 105.5 NJ/NY will also be playing it at noon. Unfortunately, all the NY stations are playing it at the same time!!

  16. Steve Di Costanzo November 26, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    We have quite the story to tell here at WPKN 89.5-FM in Bridgeport, CT- community radio for 51 years- and it has less to do with how many times we will play the song Alice’s Restaurant on our station tomorrow (no doubt several times) but probably more interestingly due to the fact that WPKN debuted the song first on radio-played on our station by a student programmer for the very first time in the USA. Here is a FB link from last year. ENJOY. I wanted to set the record straight. Thanks for your article Jennifer.

  17. Steve Di Costanzo November 26, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    The year was 1966 and the WPKN programmer was Sandy Goldfarb …here is more of her story with FB comments etc

  18. Jim McSherry November 27, 2014 at 7:55 am #

    WXPN-FM 88.5 in Philadelphia has played Alice’s Restaurant at noon on Thanksgiving for many years. Helen Leicht airs it with gusto.

  19. Mick November 27, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    97.1fm Chicago will play at noon and 9pm

  20. Bill Shannon November 27, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    WWOW in Conneaut Oh is playing it right now & will hit it again at 6:20.

  21. Sharon Scott November 27, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    ARTxFM – WXOX 97.1 FM Louisville – will be participating in this Thanksgiving tradition and playing Alice’s Restaurant at 7 PM Eastern on

  22. Bart November 27, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    “Nebraska’s Best Alternative, 90.1 The X” breaks format slightly to play this every year at Noon Central time Thanksgiving Day. World-wide stream at

    KFKX, Hastings NE

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