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3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 02 February 2011

It's time for the first Half-Time Hooter on the Best Time of the Day Show with the Dark Lord himself, Alex Lester. Expect a night of oddball conversation and great music. This morning, Alex tackles some of the greater mysteries of life: what is the difference between a gravy boat and a sauce boat? More tips on how to achieve Instant Sophistication in one easy step, and for those who want to chop their spaghetti into bits, how to achieve Instant Rebellion. Plus, more Pause for Thought at 3.20 with Mark Beach, and more inductees con their way into the 4.15 One-Off Canteen.
From Lester's Library there is a new track from Ghostlight, and a slice of country from Joe Nicholls. The Listener's Library selection is a track by Big Dish from 1991. There is also another track from Album of the Week by Teddy Thompson and Record of the Week from Hurts. Nobody else, nowhere else.

Music Played

39 items
  • Image for Madonna

    Madonna Open Your Heart

    Madonna - The Immaculate Collection, Sire, 13

  • Image for The Miracles

    The Miracles Love Machine

    Dancing In The Street (Various Artis, Universal Music Tv

  • Image for Adele

    Adele Someone Like You

    21, XL, 1

  • Image for Sam Cooke

    Sam Cooke Shake

    Sam Cooke - The Man & His Music, RCA

  • Image for Blondie

    Blondie Denis

    Atomic: The Very Best Of Blondie, EMI

  • RECORD OF THE WEEK from the CD, "HAPPINESS" (Sony)

    • Image for Hurts

      Hurts Sunday

      (CD Single), Sony, 1

  • Image for Dire Straits

    Dire Straits So Far Away

    Sultans Of Swing - Best Of Dire Straits, Vertigo

  • Image for The Who

    The Who Who Are You

    CSI: O.S.T. (Various Artists), Hip-O-Records, 9

  • Image for KT Tunstall

    KT Tunstall Other Side Of The World

    (CD Single), Relentless Records

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY (Spirit Ditch Records)

    • Image for Ghostlight

      Ghostlight Morning Lights

  • Image for Beth Nielsen Chapman

    Beth Nielsen Chapman Even As It All Goes By

    (CD Single)

  • Image for Bob Geldof

    Bob Geldof Silly Pretty Thing

    How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell, Mercury, 1

  • Image for The Four Tops

    The Four Tops Still Water

    The Four Tops - The Singles Collectio, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Wham!

    Wham! I'm Your Man

    Fantastic 80's - 3 (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • Image for Manfred Mann

    Manfred Mann Do Wah Diddy Diddy

    Ages Of Mann, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Sara Bareilles

    Sara Bareilles King Of Anything

    (CD Single), Columbia, 1

  • Image for Fleetwood Mac

    Fleetwood Mac You Make Loving Fun

    The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac, Warner Strategic Marketi, 3

  • Image for Deep Purple

    Deep Purple Black Night

    The Greatest Hits Of 1970 (Various), Premier

  • Image for Ron Sexsmith

    Ron Sexsmith Believe It When I See It

    (CD Single), Cooking Vinyl, 1

  • Image for Grace Jones

    Grace Jones Pull Up To The Bumper

    The Divas Of Dance (Various Artists), Telstar

  • Image for Matisyahu

    Matisyahu One Day

    (CD Single), 100%, 1

  • Image for Aerosmith

    Aerosmith Love In An Elevator

    Aerosmith - Big Ones, Geffen

  • LISTENER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "SATELLITES" (EastWest) suggested by Martin from Newcastle

  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA Knowing Me Knowing You

    Abba Gold (40th Anniversary Edition), Polar, 002

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Sound And Vision

    David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI

  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra Hold On Tight

    Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artists), Columbia

  • Image for Johnny Otis

    Johnny Otis Willie & The Hand Jive

    That's Rock'n'Roll (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Imelda May

    Imelda May Inside Out

    (CD Single), Decca, 1

  • Image for Bob & Marcia

    Bob & Marcia Young Gifted & Black

    Young Gifted & Black (Various), Trojan

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Glory Days

    Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA, CBS

  • Image for Eurythmics

    Eurythmics Thorn In My Side

    Fantastic 80's - 3 (Various Artists), Sony Tv/Columbia

  • ALBUM OF THE WEEK from the CD, "BELLA" (Decca)

  • Image for Lloyd Price

    Lloyd Price Stagger Lee

    That's Rock'n'Roll (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Nickelback

    Nickelback How You Remind Me

    Beautiful Game (Various Artists), Universal

  • Image for The Drizabone Soul Family

    The Drizabone Soul Family Girlfriendz

    All The Way, Dome Records, 1

  • LESTER'S LIBRARY from the CD, "GREATEST HITS" (Humphead Records)

  • Image for Belinda Carlisle

    Belinda Carlisle Leave A Light On

    A Place On Earth - Greatest Hits, Virgin

  • Image for The Beach Boys

    The Beach Boys Wouldn't It Be Nice

    The Best Of The Beach Boys (CD 1), EMI, 3

  • Image for Ten Sharp

    Ten Sharp You

    Ten Sharp, Columbia


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The A-Z of Alex Lester

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