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Arlo Guthrie's epic 19-minute Thanksgiving tradition was first performed on WBAI in 1967; it proved so popular that the station would thereafter sometimes use it to raise money (by refusing to play it unless a certain amount was pledged). It has since become common for classic rock stations to play the song in its entirety every last Thursday in November. The song was broadcast on Radio Unnameable
, a hugely influential program hosted by Bob Fass; it was recently the subject of a documentary
that played at Film Forum.