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Thanksgiving table to honor Alice's Restaurant on Thanksgiving 2018. Photo: Radio Survivor

“Alice’s Restaurant” Remains a 2021 Thanksgiving Radio Staple

As Thanksgiving approaches, my thoughts turn once again to “Alice’s Restaurant,” the epic Arlo Guthrie song that is a beloved turkey day tradition for radio stations all over the United States. I’ve been chronicling this ritual for many many years and was pleased to be able to speak to THE Alice last year as part of our lead up to a very strange 2020 holiday season. DO check out our Radio Survivor podcast conversation with Alice Brock, as it will give your some perspective on how Guthrie’s song came to be and why it has resonated with so many people.

Here’s hoping that your 2021 Thanksgiving celebrations are a bit more festive than last year and that everyone near and dear to you is healthy and happy! If you are eager to tune in to a radio station to hear “Alice’s Restaurant” this year, take a look at the following options. Check back for updates as Thanksgiving draws near.

Pre-Thanksgiving Listening Options:

Perhaps you’ve already heard “Alice’s Restaurant” over the airwaves, as many stations get into the Thanksgiving spirit early. WDIY in Lehigh Valley played it Monday night. KSRW 92.5 FM in Bishop, California played it on Monday at 11am and will also air it on Wednesday at 3pm and Friday at 8pm. KZUM 89.3 FM in Lincoln, Nebraska aired it on Tuesday at 5pm.

Alice’s Restaurant on the Radio on Thanksgiving Day 2021 – November 25, 2021

Last updated on November 24, 2021. Note that all times are local to the area in which the station is located.

Terrestrial and Online Radio:

WCSX 94.7 FM (Detroit, Michigan) writes on Facebook: “Our Thanksgiving tradition continues with Arlo Guthrie’s classic holiday story ‘Alice’s Restaurant”’ It airs first at 10am Thanksgiving Day and if you’re up for a second helping, again at 4pm!”

92 KQRS (Minneapolis, Minnesota) reports on its website, “Our long-standing tradition of spinning Arlo Guthrie’s ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ on Thanksgiving continues! You have three opportunities to hear it this year: Tune in at 8am, 12pm and 7pm on Thanksgiving Day!”

KSRW 92.5 FM Sierra Wave (Bishop, California) is airing “Alice’s Restaurant” before and after (but not on) Thanksgiving: Monday, November 22 at 11am, Wednesday, November 24 at 3pm, and Friday, November 26 at 8pm.

WKZE 98.1 FM (Red Hook, New York) writes on Facebook: “Enjoy the ENTIRE 15 ½ minutes at 12-noon, 3pm and 6pm. If you’re traveling or want to have a listening party with absent friends, tune into our live webstream at https://981kze.com/listen-live/.”

WROI 92.1 (Rochester, Indiana) Giant FM writes on Facebook: “Our Thanksgiving Day treat for you is coming up on Thursday at noon! We will play the entire/long version of Arlo Guthrie’s ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ on Giant fm 92.1 WROI.”

WEZX Rock 107 (Scranton, Pennsylvania) will play “Alice’s Restaurant” on Thanksgiving Day at 9am, noon, 3pm and 6pm.

WTMD 89.7 FM (Baltimore, Maryland) presents the annual airing of “Alice’s Restaurant” at noon.

WTHS 89.9 FM Hope College Radio (Holland, Michigan) shares on Twitter, “WTHS will again serve up the perfect side dish to your turkey day feast with Arlo Guthrie’s ‘Alice’s Restaurant’, Thanksgiving day at noon…on WTHS, 89.9FM and streaming.”

WMMR 93.3 FM (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) tweeted, “@PierreRobert933 will play Alice’s Restaurant 3 times on Thanksgiving: 10am – original recording Noon – ‘The Massacree Revisited’ 2pm – vinyl cut.”

WXPN 88.5 FM (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) will play “Alice’s Restaurant” at 12noon as it does every year.

101 The Fox (Kansas City, Kansas) will air “Alice’s Restaurant” at noon on Thanksgiving.

MVY Radio (88.7 FM Martha’s Vineyard, MA and 96.5 FM Newport, Rhode Island) reports on Twitter, “Plan to be listening to MVY at noon on Thanksgiving day! We will play @folkslinger‘s Alice’s Restaurant!”

TNN Country Radio writes on Twitter, “We’ll be playing Arlo Guthrie’s classic Alice’s Restaurant on Thursday at 12pm ET! Tune in for our new Thanksgiving tradition!”

107.5 The Breeze (Portsmouth, Ohio) tweets: “Join us this Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, as we play a Holiday Classic: ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ by Arlo Guthrie. Hear it at 9am, Noon and 5pm. Follow along as the story unfolds on Thanksgiving Day. It’s brought to you by Preston Family Funeral Home, Rt. 5 in Ashland”

WXPK 107.1 FM The Peak (White Plains, New York). Poughkeepsie Journal reports that the station will air “Alice’s Restaurant” five times: “It will play on the eve of the holiday, as part of the station’s 10@10 block of songs at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Wednesday, at noon and 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and on the Weekend Replay of the 10@10 on Sunday after Thanksgiving at about 6 p.m.”

WDVX 89.9 FM in Knoxville, Tennessee is playing “Alice’s Restaurant” at noon.

Wyoming Public Radio is playing “Alice’s Restaurant” at 11am during the Wyoming Sounds Thanksgiving Special (10am-noon) with host Grady Kirkpatrick. Program will include roots music, Native American and Wyoming artists along with the Arlo Guthrie Thanksgiving classic Alice’s Restaurant beginning at 11:00 a.m. with a special introduction from the original restauranteur Alice Brock.

WDRV 97.1 FM The Drive (Chicago, IL) will play “Alice’s Restaurant” at 6am, Noon, and 4pm.

KOZT 95.3 FM/95.9 FM The Coast (Ft. Bragg, CA) will play “Alice’s Restaurant” at 12 noon on Thanksgiving.

WRHQ 105.3 FM (Savannah, Georgia) writes on its website, “Tradition! That’s what Alice’s Restaurant is on the Q and you’ll hear it three times Thanksgiving Day…. 9:30 in the morning, 12:30 in the afternoon
and 6:30 in the evening presented by your Vinyl Headquarters Rody’s Records

WNCW 88.7 FM (Spindale, NC) writes that on Thanksgiving Day it will play “songs of food & gratitude all day long, with Arlo Guthrie’s ‘Alice’s Restaurant Massacree’ just past Noon.”

WUMB 91.9 FM (Boston, MA and environs) writes, “Tune in on Thursday, November 25th for special programming highlights including airings of Arlo Guthrie’s classic ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ at 9 AM, noon, 3 PM, and 7 PM, as well as selections from The Band’s The Last Waltz concert that took place on Thanksgiving Day at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco in 1976.”

KINK 101.9 FM (Portland, OR): Per its website, “Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant has been a KINK Thanksgiving tradition for more than 30 years. Catch it twice on Thanksgiving Day (November 25th) this year, 12pm and 5pm.”

Backland Radio (online) writes that it will air Alice’s Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie four times at 8am, 12 noon, 5pm and 9pm Central time on The Whip.

KSER 90.7 FM 89.9 FM (Everett, Washington) will play “Alice’s Restaurant” at 2pm.

KXT 91.7 FM will air “Alice’s Restaurant” at noon and 6pm.

99.1 PLR (New Haven, CT) is playing Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” in its entirety at 6am, 12 noon and 6pm.

WCMF (Rochester, NY) is playing “Alice’s Restaurant” at noon.

WXOX-LP 97.1 FM (Louisville, Kentucky) will play “Alice’s Restaurant” at 10am on Thanksgiving.

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