November 24, 2005
"Obie, did you think I was going to hang myself for littering?"
One nice thing that local Classic Rock station KKRW does is play Alice's Restaurant every Thanksgiving at noon. Since I distinctly recall San Antonio's KZEP doing the same thing while I lived there, I got to wondering: How many other stations play this Thanksgiving classic on the appointed day, and do they do it at noon? Leave a comment if you know of this happening elsewhere.
Posted by Charles Kuffner on November 24, 2005 to Music
Back in the early to mid-90's I had to travel (by car) frequently on Thanksgiving, and I always found a station playing "Alice's Restaurant." Mostly East Coast and Midwest, so it's fairly pervasive.
Took me a few trips to realize that it is a tradition...
I don't know if the NYC radio stations play it any more, but I played it on my MP3 player today. :-)
KGSR (107 FM)in Austin plays it at noon & 6PM. It's still timely & that's really scary.
The local NPR affiliate doesn't play it, probably because 25 minutes is too long to cut into "Fresh Air," "ATC," or any of the other regularly scheduled programming. It's a pity. I do have a vinyl copy, however.
You might also be pleased to know that at this year's annual Thanksgiving Carnegie Hall concert, it was at least planned for him to play the entire thing, which he normally doesn't do, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the actual event that inspired the song. In fact, his tour right now is called the "Alice's Restaurant 40th Anniversary Mascacree Tour". Neat. :)
My family has a two-hour drive every year to our house for the feast, and I understand that 25 minutes of the trip is devoted to Arlo. (Actually, this year we were out of the country visiting our son in Budapes, and the rest had to go to my sister's. Since her husband is the one who usually plays it each year, I'll have to ask what happened.)