The Radio First Termer Home Page
Entertaining the net since January, 1995
Home Page Founded & Maintained By:
Will Snyder


July 15, 2012: It is with a heavy heart and profound sadness that I report that the architect behind and producer of Radio First Termer (RFT), C. David DeLay, Jr., a.k.a. our beloved "Dave Rabbit," died on January 20, 2012.  He was 63 years old.  The apparently only surviving recording of one of the 21-days of pirate broadcasting from a brothel in Saigon has been near and dear to me since I first heard the recording in high school. In 2005, David stumbled across this website while helping one of his sons with a research paper on the Vietnam War. David contacted me, and we began what was a very long and productive relationship in the expansion of this website. I would have been able to meet him in person in 2007 had plans of mine to travel to San Antonio, TX for a professional conference that year had come to fruition.  While going through Facebook posts this week and stumbling upon a photo in which he had been tagged, I learned that Dave had died back in January. I am in shock as he has been a major influence in my life as far as this streak of irreverent defiance that anyone who knows me knows that I have.

I continue to maintain this website as a memorial to Radio First Termer and to Dave Rabbit in the hopes that Radio First Termer will continue to exist in perpetuity in "The Cloud" and will continue reinforce Dave's fervent belief that one need not support unpopular wars in order to support the troops who are sent to fight in those wars.  The brave men and women of our Armed Forces will ALWAYS deserve and will ALWAYS have our support!  I miss Dave very deeply.  Rest in peace, my friend!


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Radio First Termer: Iraq
Baghdad, Iraq
September 30, 2006
Entire Show

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Dave Rabbit: The Man, The Myth, The LEGEND!

February 9, 2006: Dave Rabbit discovers the phenomenon that his show has become and surfaces to tell the real story behind Radio First Termer. He has produced a short autobiography on his experiences in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and the short-lived but forever memorable 21 days of broadcasting from the "Big 69" from a brothel somewhere in downtown Saigon in January 1971. Dave was interviewed on February 14, 2006 for a bonus feature to be included on the DVD version of Sir! No Sir!, a film by David Zeiger about the GI Anti-Vietnam War Movement and the Vietnam Counterculture.  More updates to this page are to come! Stay tuned!

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Photographs of Dave and his tours in South Vietnam

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Autographed Pictures of Dave For Download:

  

(Sorry, We Are OUT OF STOCK Of Dave & His Ex-Girlfriend Going "69" In Her Bathtub)


Welcome! This page is a tribute to Radio First Termer, a pirate radio station that operated for 21 glorious days from a brothel in Saigon, South Vietnam in January 1971.  The host of Radio First Termer is Dave Rabbit, who is probably one of the raunchiest DJs ever to grace the Ether.  Radio First Termer offered military personnel in South Vietnam a largely irreverent alternative to AFVN.  Featured on this page are sound clips from what is believed to be the only surviving broadcast of Radio First Termer.  The tapes from which I made these sound files are duplicates of duplicates, so the quality is not especially high.  I got my first copy of Radio First Termer from a friend of mine in high school.  When I got my first sound card, one of the first things I did was to make sound files of some of the choice moments of the tape.  I posted those files to USENET in the Fall of 1994 and got rave reviews.  So, I thought they might make a good addition to the World Wide Web.  Since I first founded this web page, the rave reviews have continued.  This page has been featured in a magazine article on Sunsite (the previous incarnation of "ibiblio.org"), and it was honored with the title "Catch of the Day" on January 10, 1996.  In February of 1996, I was contacted by another fan of Radio First Termer who told me he had a copy of the same program, and more importantly, he had a copy of the second half of the program.  He was kind enough to make copies of his tapes for me, and I have in turn sampled the choice spots and placed them on this page for Radio First Termer fans world-wide to enjoy.  On February 9, 2006, our beloved Dave Rabbit, quite accidentally, discovered the phonomenon that Radio First Termer had become on the Internet, and he stepped forward to claim the glory that is his and to tell the REAL story behind Radio First Termer through the release of his autobiographical retrospective on the events and experiences that culminated in his 21 days in January 1971 of pirate broadcasting from the "Big 69" from a brothel somewhere in Saigon, South Vietnam.  Since then, Dave and I have been working on modernizing the Radio First Termer Home Page, and Dave has begun work on the 35th Anniversary show of Radio First Termer.  A couple of outtakes from Radio First Termer have been included in the upcoming documentary film "Sir! No Sir!", a film by David Zeiger about the GI Anti-Vietnam War Movement and the Vietnam Counterculture, and on February 14, 2006, Dave was interviewed for a bonus feature to be included on the DVD release of "Sir, No Sir!"  Since then, Dave has been considering his options carefully, so it it highly unlikely that the world has heard the last from the "Big 69" from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).
If anyone knows the origin of this particular recording, I would very much appreciate an email message.  Dave did not make any recordings of the 21 broadcasts that he made from his brothel shack somewhere in downtown Saigon, and it is believed that the recording from which the sound bites below were made is the only surviving recording of Radio First Termer.  Who made the recording and why remains one of the few mysteries that surrounds Radio First Termer.  By all means, if anyone has any other recordings of Radio First Termer and would be willing to make a copy of it for me (I'll supply the tapes or CD-Rs and the postage both ways), PLEASE email me and let me know.  None of the copies of the program that have come our way have been complete in EVERY detail for various reasons, and so the opportunities to "fill in the gaps" are greatly appreciated.
FOIA REQUEST RESULTS: On May 21, 1997, I mailed a FOIA request letter to the Air Force in the hopes of finding material pertaining to Radio First Termer! Unfortunately, neither the 11th Wing nor the Pacific Air Forces were able to locate any materials relating to Radio First Termer. Click here to view the text of my FOIA request letter and the responses I received from the Air Force.


Dave's Favorite Classic Rock






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WARNING: These files contain strong language that some listeners may find offensive and that is DEFINITELY NOT suitable for children.  Listener discretion is advised.


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Radio First Termer: Vietnam
Saigon, South Vietnam
January 1971

Bits from the original show

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Complete Set In 128 KBPS Stereo: RFT Bits & Gags 128 KBPS Stereo (MP3 - 50,132,994 bytes)

Complete Set In 32 KBPS Mono: RFT Bits & Gags 32 KBPS Mono (MP3 - 12,536,416 bytes)

Individual Bits & Gags In 128 KBPS Stereo Only!
  • RFT000.MP2 (1130163 bytes) Sign-on message
  • RFT001.MP2 (1285614 bytes) Introduction to the evening's program
  • RFT002.MP2 (764031 bytes) Sayings from the latrine walls #1
  • RFT003.MP2 (1340815 bytes) The Official Dave Rabbit Sweatshirt Advertisment
    Click here for another description of the Official Dave Rabbit Sweatshirt.
  • RFT004.MP2 (925363 bytes) "We're going to let this next one roll on through..."
  • RFT005.MP2 (340638 bytes) "Lifers are like flies..."
  • RFT006.MP2 (610222 bytes) Mama Told Me Not To Come #1
  • RFT007.MP2 (290901 bytes) Mama Told Me Not To Come #2
  • RFT008.MP2 (1181990 bytes) A special note for the patrons of the Castle Club
  • RFT009.MP2 (136674 bytes) "Here's a Dave Rabbit Philosophy..."
  • RFT010.MP2 (266659 bytes) A plea from the sanitation department
  • RFT011.MP2 (1688139 bytes) The Weather Report with Capt. Ivan Pansy
  • RFT012.MP2 (1759192 bytes) The news from Saigon and Phan Rang
  • RFT013.MP2 (397481 bytes) Sayings from the latrine walls #2
  • RFT014.MP2 (1053677 bytes) What's playing at the local theatres
  • RFT015.MP2 (360700 bytes) A dedication to the U.S. Army
  • RFT016.MP2 (521615 bytes) Sayings from the latrine walls #3
  • RFT017.MP2 (1172377 bytes) Sayings from the latrine walls #4
  • RFT018.MP2 (1439871 bytes) The Swap Shop of the air
  • RFT019.MP2 (580547 bytes) Intro to Steppenwolf's "The Pusher"
  • RFT020.MP2 (618999 bytes) Improvisation during "The Pusher"
  • RFT021.MP2 (151721 bytes) Dave's lament over the length of a particular song
  • RFT022.MP2 (455577 bytes) "Speed kills...Slow down..."
  • RFT023.MP2 (1609562 bytes) A little special of Radio First Termer
  • RFT024.MP2 (634463 bytes) Sayings from the latrine walls #5
  • RFT025.MP2 (1136432 bytes) End of the first half of the program
  • RFT026.MP2 (731430 bytes) Off to the Funny Farm / S.T.O.P.
  • RFT027.MP2 (2948286 bytes) Dave's comments on the length of the end of S.T.O.P.
  • RFT028.MP2 (198532 bytes) Another Dave Rabbit philosophy
  • RFT029.MP2 (1392641 bytes) The Hitchhiker Commercial
  • RFT030.MP2 (915750 bytes) What's New at the BX
  • RFT031.MP2 (838428 bytes) A dedication to the WAFS squadron
  • RFT032.MP2 (391211 bytes) A dedication to the Lifers who swing at night
  • RFT033.MP2 (1135597 bytes) Mission Impossible Advertisement
  • RFT034.MP2 (463936 bytes) Don't Step on the Grass Sam
  • RFT035.MP2 (954202 bytes) Dave sings along with Don't Step on the Grass Sam
  • RFT036.MP2 (1557317 bytes) Drug Raid and comment
  • RFT037.MP2 (4071760 bytes) Documentary: First Short Time In Country
  • RFT038.MP2 (2734290 bytes) The latest news
  • RFT039.MP2 (295081 bytes) What they are really saying is...
  • RFT040.MP2 (1058274 bytes) What's new at the local library
  • RFT041.MP2 (743133 bytes) Tonight's Cafeteria Special
  • RFT042.MP2 (2845468 bytes) Aircraft Emergency Landing Procedures at March AFB in California
  • RFT043.MP2 (267495 bytes) A dedication to the new troops in Vietnam
  • RFT044.MP2 (1551048 bytes) How to get a picture of Dave and his ex-girlfriend
  • RFT045.MP2 (679185 bytes) What the base commander thinks of Dave
  • RFT046.MP3 (5360978 bytes) The end of another broadcast of Radio First Termer
  • RFT047.MP3 (1273337 bytes) "And the tits...I mean the hits keep on comin'!"


    Original Restored Show

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    Click here for the page containing links to the older .wav and .au samples.

    List of the the Songs Featured On The Only Known Recorded Broadcast of
    Radio First Termer: Vietnam

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    Available for download:  Dave Rabbit's Vietnam - The Road to Radio First Termer (WMV -  100,871,756 bytes)

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    A Video Tribute from Dave to the One Who Inspired Radio First Termer, Jim Brookshire









    Coming Soon!

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    Sir! No Sir! Interview of Dave Rabbit
    for the Special Director's Edition DVD


    Dave Rabbit Interviews Will Snyder, the creator and founder
     of the Radio First Termer Home Page
    November 26, 2006


    Download the entire interview (MP3 - 17036045 bytes)

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    Many thanks to the following individuals without whom this page would not have been possible:
    Will Snyder   -   Dave Rabbit   -   Pete Sadler   -   Nguyen   -   Parrish Warren   -   Chris Colomb
    Bob Gassmann   -   Mark Matthews   - 
    Charlie Cooper   -   Nadirah   -   Greg Belding  -  Tim Mailhot


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