Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving Day! OR... Where Can I Hear Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" Today?

It's Thanksgiving Day. Every year at this time in November, I get in the mood to listen to Arlo Guthrie's 18:34 minute-long classic, "Alice's Restaurant Massacree." It's a classic song dating back to 1967 about his 1965 Thanksgiving Day visit to his friend Alice's home. He and some friends dumped a pile of trash along the highway, which led to his arrest and conviction for littering. This criminal conviction ultimately protected him from the draft, as discussed here in the song:
I'm sittin' here on the Group W bench 'cause you want to know if I'm moral enough to join the Army—burn women, kids, houses and villages—after bein' a litterbug.
Listeners are encouraged to join together and sing along with the chorus, to resist the Draft, and to achieve world peace.

It's a classic. I've heard four variations of the song. I'm sure that there are more of them out there. But I really cannot wait until next Thanksgiving when KICI Radio is on the air and I can broadcast all versions of the song here in Iowa City!

Speaking of which, have you donated to the cause? Visit our Go Fund Me page and give us a tax-deductible donation! My plan is to post links on this blog of my radio programs once they begin.

That said, you can't listen to the "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" on KICI Radio in Iowa City this year, but here is where you can listen to the song in other corners of the world:
KBCO 97.3 FM (Boulder, CO): Is playing “Alice’s Restaurant” twice on Thanksgiving: at noon and 6pm.

KPIG 107.5 FM (Freedom/Santa Cruz, CA) and 94.9 FM (San Luis Obispo, CA) : Will play Alice’s Restaurant at 9am, noon, 4pm and 9pm on Thanksgiving.

KRNN 102.7 FM (Juneau, AK): Will play Alice’s Restaurant at 9am.

KSHE 94.7 FM (St. Louis, MO): Plays Alice’s Restaurant every Thanksgiving at noon.

KSUT (Ignacio, CO): Will play Alice’s Restaurant at 9am. The station will also air additional Thanksgiving-themed programming, including a segment on Native American cuisine.

KNBA 90.3 FM (Anchorage, AK) : Will play Alice’s Restaurant at 5pm on Thanksgiving.

KKFM 98.1 FM (Colorado Springs, CO): Will air at noon and 6pm.

KFMH 99 Plus (Iowa City, IA): Will air it three times on Thanksgiving, however the times aren’t given.

WFUV 90.7 FM (Bronx, NY ): The epic will air at noon on Thanksgiving Day and will be surrounded by broadcasts of recordings of a variety of live concerts throughout the day.

WCMF 96.5 FM (Rochester, NY): Will air at noon and 4:30pm on Thanksgiving Day. This tradition has been going on for at least 36 years there!

WTTS 92.3 FM (Bloomington, IN): Alice’s Restaurant will air at 6am, noon, and 6pm as part of a day of mellow rock music.

WXPN 88.5 FM (Philadelphia, PA): Will air it at 12noon.

WEXT 97.7 FM (Albany, NY): Airing at 6am, 9am and noon on Thanksgiving.

WJCT 89.9 FM (Jacksonville, FL) : Will play on Thanksgiving night at 9pm, as part of a long-standing tradition on the station. The station is also airing other holiday programming this week, including Orson Welles’ radio version of “A Christmas Carol.”

Boss Boss Radio: Plans to play the track at noon Pacific time and noon Eastern time.

Wyoming Public Radio (various channels throughout Wyoming): As part of its special programming on Thanksgiving Day, Wyoming Public Radio will air Alice’s Restaurant at 11am during the Morning Music show.

MVY Radio (88.7 FM Martha’s Vineyard, MA and 96.5 FM Newport, RI): Will play at noon on Thanksgiving.

WUMB (91.9 FM Boston, MA): Will air Alice’s Restaurant at 9am, noon and 3pm.
It's worth pointing out that it will be playing three times today on KFMH 99 Plus here in Iowa City.


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