Nights with Alice Cooper
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Nights with Alice Cooper is a radio show hosted by Detroit born rock and roll artist and shock rock pioneer Alice Cooper. It is syndicated by United Stations Radio Networks and broadcast on over 100 radio stations in the US, seven in Canada, and is also available in the UK (on Planet Rock), Germany (on Star FM, Radio Bob), Ireland, Australia (Classic Rock 91.5/95.3 FM, Star 104.5 on the NSW Central Coast, 102.9 KOFM Newcastle, Territory FM 104.1 in Darwin and 96FM in Perth, Zink 100.7 FM Townsville), Denmark, Sweden and New Zealand. In addition, dozens of affiliate stations stream the radio show. Most stations broadcast the program between 19:00 and 00:00 local time.
During the program Cooper plays requests as well as his favorite songs (most of which are from the classic rock genre), answers emails from his fans, and interviews celebrities. Celebrities he has interviewed on his show include Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Brian Johnson of AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Meat Loaf, Rob Zombie, Glenn Danzig, Def Leppard, Peter Frampton and Jerry Springer. The show also plays rare tracks from classic rock artists, along with blues, early punk rock, and psychedelic music.
In 2005, The Guardian described the program as "a distinctive music show...Cooper makes an entertaining host with some unique one-liners".
Nights with Alice Cooper features many segments, including "Tuesday Bluesday", "Freaky Factoids", "Movie Music Madness", "Cooper's Covers", "Same Name" (two different songs with the same name), "Closet Classic", "The Quiet Room", "Lockdown Rockdown" (songs for Cooper's jailed listeners), "Monster Prog", "Throwback Thursday", "Hey Superstar Clean Out the Garage", "The Best Band You've Never Heard In Your Life" and "Songs We Just Don't Understand". Alice also plays his own rare songs and tells the stories behind them in the "Alice's B.O." (Beyond Obscure) and "Alice's Lost Hits" segments.
Holidays are big events on Nights with Alice Cooper, especially Halloween. The radio show has offered numerous contests and giveaways, including a flyaway trip to see Cooper in concert; a trip to see Led Zeppelin in London; and in October, 2008, the giveaway of a signed ESP guitar. Alice is also a huge trivia buff, and gives away signed pairs of his own pants to listeners who correctly answer his questions, which mostly relate to rare rock or movie trivia.
The show is also known for Cooper's humorous self-deprecating one-liner outros to commercial breaks: An announcer often tells Cooper's listeners that they are listening to (among many things) "a man for whom even Dr. Phil has no cure", "a man who is not afraid to look like a fool--and demonstrates so regularly", and, possibly most famously, "a man with a face made for radio", and other things mocking and/or questioning Cooper's intelligence, wisdom, talent, career, activities, looks, etc. in such ways.
In the early days of the show, the program featured several scripted comedy skits which centered around Alice and his life. Many of these featured Alice getting into arguments with rock musicians who asked Cooper for money he allegedly owed them for shows. These arguments would ultimately result in Cooper getting beaten senseless by the artists, who would often yell "and THIS is for making fun of RUSH!" (which was a common joke of Cooper's at the time.)