The smell of turkey baking, pumpkin pie cooling and the faint sound of holiday jingles; that’s my idea of a Thanksgiving Day tradition. We all have our personal Thanksgiving Day traditions. Radio has its traditions too.

Radio host Rush Limbaugh has an annual tradition known as “The Real Story of Thanksgiving”, in which he gives his interpretation of the Thanksgiving story on his show the day before Thanksgiving. To find Rush on a radio station near you go to

Football plays an important role in many homes on Thanksgiving Day. Games play almost all day long featuring coverage of NFL and even College ball. I’ve personally heard people say, “Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same without a football game playing throughout the house”. Radio can have even more sports coverage than your television program, with highlights and play-by-plays from local hosts and announcers. Here’s a link to the NFL TV schedule since there are many licensing broadcast rights issues, you’ll want to check with your local radio station to see what’s being broadcast.

You can guarantee there will be at least one radio station that covers the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as well; a New York City Tradition since 1942. The announcement of the Santa Claus float at the end is an unofficial sign that Christmas is here. Do you hear the ringing of sleigh bells?

Old Time Radio programs are in high demand this time of year too. Stories of Burns and Allen’s “Gracie Buys a Live Turkey” and Gunsmoke’s “Turkey Shoot” will hopefully bring back fond Thanksgiving Day memories and help create new ones. offers a variety of Old Time Radio programs, you’re invited to check them out.

Whatever your tradition, the C. Crane family wishes you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!