Chris Wienk

Afternoon DJ/Program Director

Chris Wienk
Mon-Fri 3-9pm

Chris grew up listening to his dad play the pipe organ. Chris always got into the deep bass notes. As a little boy, Chris could be found dancing in front of tiny, little stereo speakers that were playing old Simon & Garfunkel. To this day, Chris LOVES “The Boxer,” and can often be heard saying “groovy” (as in “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)”).

Chris’ epiphany moment came in the summer of 1975 when he first heard Roxy Music’s “Love is the Drug.” That was the beginning of his quest for music that had such power and emotion.

Ain’t cha got no rhymes for me?
Doot-in’ doo-doo,
Feelin’ groovy.

Marcia Ball

Marcia Ball

February 16 - The Upper Room

Marcia Ball’s rollicking roadhouse rave-ups and soulful Gulf Coast R&B, her barrelhouse playing and her feel-good party tunes are iconic.
--USA Today

Visit The Upper Room's website. The contest has ended.

Melissa Greener

Feb 10, 2017
Melissa Greener

Melissa Greener started her trek into music by singing along with the jazz songs she heard on WDET in Detroit. Self-taught on the guitar, she got the idea that music should be her path while teaching in China. 

Melissa is playing at The Cock N Bull in Galway on Sunday, February 12th. 

Hear her conversation with Chris Wienk here, and below check out a video performance. 

Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters

Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters

The Upper Room, Albany
February 11th

Hailed as one of the best blues guitarists of his generation, Ronnie Earl brings his distinctive sound to Albany's The Upper Room.  For more information on the show, visit their website.

To win tickets, enter by sending email with this link.

The Fireworks Ensemble

Feb 11: Youth Orchestra and Fireworks EnsembleFebruary 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Musical Fireworks: Region’s Premiere Youth Musicians Join Fireworks Ensemble for Unique Evening of Contemporary American Music Featuring World-Premiere Piece Empire State Youth Orchestra Joins World-Renowned Chamber Ensemble on Feb.

John Prine at The Palace Theatre

John Prine

July 28th
The Palace Theatre

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 3 at 10am.  This is the official WEXT presale page.

The password is:  PRINE2017.

Use this link to take part in the presale event.  Click here

Kings of Leon SPAC

Live Nation at SPAC presents

KINGS OF LEON wsg Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

SPAC - July 26th
Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 4th at 10am.

Welcome to the special WEXT listener presale for the show.  This presale lasts from Thursday (2/2) at 10a until Friday (2/3) at 10p. The password is SHOWTIME.  Click here to get your tickets.

John Prine at The Palace Theatre

John Prine
July 28th

The Palace Theatre

Bob Dylan remarked, “Beautiful songs… Nobody but Prine could write like that.”

International Guitar Night

2.8.17 @ 7:30pm 

 International Guitar Night

at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Gypsy jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt hosts for International Guitar Night's 17th year of touring!

Performers include guitarist Luca Stricagnoli; Brazilian performer Chrystian Dozza, and India's ground-breaking slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya.

Watch the video below to see what you might miss if you don't go.

John Mayer Comes to Albany

John Mayer

Times Union Center

Friday, March 31

Tickets on sale Friday, February 3 at Live Nation

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Wheels of Soul 2017

The Wheels of Soul 2017

Tedeschi Trucks Band

wsg The Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna

July 3 at SPAC

Tickets at Live Nation's website

Molly Durnin

Local 518 singer-songwriter, Molly Durnin dropped by to play some songs from the album she'll be producing this year. She expects to have it ready this summer.  It's been about 4 years since we heard her debut album.

Molly is working with Indiegogo to crowd-fund her second album.  For more information on that, visit her Indigiegogo page

Taylor, Chapin and EVA

A collaborative effort spanning generations is how Nicole Z. of EVA describes the melding of Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin and the three-part harmonies of EVA.  This special concert is coming to The Cohoes Music Hall on Saturday, January 28th. For more information about the show, visit the website.

The Local 518 Show 1620

Jan 26, 2017
Mother Flag Country

There's alternate radio for you with Andy Gregory tonight at 11pm (and Saturday at 6pm). Dial in the Local 518 Show, with music by Ray Murray and the Bomb Squad, Eastern Electric, The North & South Dakotas, Jasper, Joe Mansman and The Midnight Revival Band, and Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys. The Attic Classic is from Mother, Flag & Country - formed in 1969 at the Veteran's Hall in Schenectady, parted ways in 1976, getting together 35 years later to finally record the album 'Taking A Mulligan'. The opening track, "Ballad of Elijah" is our Attic Classic.

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Wheels of Soul 2017

Join us July 3rd at SPAC for the Wheels of Soul 2017 with Tedeschi Trucks Band, Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers! Tickets go on sale Friday, January 27th at 10am.

Because you're a fan of WEXT, you can get your tickets today (until 10pm)! Join our presale by clicking this link. Use the password: SOUL.  Enjoy! 

Matt Flinner

Matt Flinner brings his trio to the area for shows at Wolf Hollow Brewing (2/8) and the Cock N Bull Restaurant (2/9).

Ahead of that, Chris Wienk talked with Matt all about music, how Matt first got going with the mandolin, and where his band falls in the spectrum of music styles.


Craig Finn

Craig Finn of The Hold Steady is out on a tour of people's living rooms. On his way through town, he stopped by to play songs and talk up his new album, "We All Want the Same Things."

Visit Craig's website to see about his living room tour, and to find out more about the new album and all things Craig Finn.

Chuck Prophet

Chuck Prophet dropped by to play songs and talk about his new album, "Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins."  We'll post the full session after it airs, but for now - enjoy the videos of the songs.

And make sure you see what Chuck is up to as he is out and about promoting the record.  Visit his website.

1964: The Tribute

1.27.17 @ 7:30pm

1964: The TributeCome see why “1964”…The Tribute is the definitive Beatle show!

Choosing songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era, “1964” astonishingly recreates an early 60’s live Beatles concert, with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles, and onstage banter.  Over 25 years of researching and performing have made “1964” masters of their craft and their shows have sold out at Carnegie Hall and Red Rocks many times.  Come see why “1964”…The Tribute is the definitive Beatle show!

30th Annual Flurry Festival

Special 30th Annual Flurry Festival Celebration!Sunday, Feb 19th, 6pm-9pm!

Dan Layus

Augustana front man, Dan Layus has embarked upon a solo career with songs and a new album called "Dangerous Things."  He dropped by to play a few songs. Here are the videos.

Enjoy the session as Dan talks about Augustana, going solo, writing songs and more  


Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents the bluegrass band Steeldrivers, playing bluegrass and roots with contemporary influences on Thursday, February 9th at 7:30pm. Tickets and more information at the Troy Music Hall website.

Umphrey's McGee

Saturday, January 28

Palace Theatre

7pm doors * 8pm show


Featuring Joshua Redman

With special guests:


Tickets on sale Friday, October 21 at 11 am at, Ticketmaster charge by phone 800 745-3000 and all Ticketmaster retail locations or the Palace box office 518-465-4663

The Cohoes Music Hall

WEXT co-presents Taylor, Chapin & EVA at The Cohoes Music Hall on Saturday, January 28. 

An incredible collaboration of some of the greatest folk musicians of the 20th century! Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin and EVA (Liz Simmons, Nicole Zuraitis and Kath Buckell) present a night of music that won’t soon be forgotten. With individual and joint performances, this show can be thought of as a never-before-seen meeting of the musical minds, fusing the genre-defying songs of Livingston Taylor with the Grammy-winning storytelling of Tom Chapin and the contemporary flair of EVA.

More information and tickets at The Cohoes Music Hall website

Beth Hart
Marek Kaprowski

Sunday, February 26

The Egg

7pm doors * 8pm show


Tickets on sale  at and the Egg box office 518-473-1845  

This show is nearly sold out! Never fear. We have tickets that you could win this holiday week.

Best of 2016

We've been with you discovering great new music all year long.  We've also been saddened by the loss of legends like Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell and so many others.  It has been both a great year and a terrible year when it comes to music.

Here's the PDF of this year's list, the Top 97 of 2016. And here's the PDF of the Top 60 Local 518 of 2016.

We are hoping you'll join us by sending along your selections for the Best of 2016.  Send an email.  The DJ's lists are below.

Holidays on WEXT

Each year Christmas through New Year's WEXT has brought you some special programming to brighten and cheer for the holidays.  As we're about to enter our 10th anniversary year, this year continues the tradition.  

Below you will find the special programming listed to help celebrate the season. 

Darlingside DJ their own show on WEXT
Tabitha Clancy

*** New airing scheduled for 8pm on Monday, December 26th. 

It's been a while, but we love it when artists share with us some of the music that they love to listen to.  Join us for WEXT Goes to The Bands, tonight at 7pm.

Last night, we were treated to a great show with Darlingside at The Egg. We loved it! We cannot wait to see them come back again soon!  On their way out of town today, they stopped by to take over WEXT. Hear the results tonight at 7pm.  

Call 1.800.272.6492 - Thanks!

Phew! We made it! 977 songs is a lot of songs!  What a list. What a great list of songs. Right?  Even if you don't agree with where your favorite songs or bands appeared on the list, it's still a great list of music.

Thank you for making your contribution to WEXT. As we enter our 10th anniversary year (2017), we want to thank each and every contributor over the years.  Thank you!!

Becky Warren

Nashville singer-songwriter, Becky Warren has created a very special concept album based around a soldier and his girl, or a girl and her soldier.  It's called "War Surplus," and you can hear a few songs from it performed in the session we did when Becky came to play at The Egg (opening for The Indigo Girls).

Local 518 Show 1616

Dec 15, 2016

Stay with Exit 977 WEXT during a break in the 977 Greatest Songs countdown to listen to The Local 518 Show at 11pm (and Saturday at 6pm). Andy Gregory has music by Darling Valley, The Fire Trail, Jasper, Chas Hollywood (of Lut - The Band), Sandy McKnight & The Idea, and Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra. The funky grooves of the ‎Attic Classic comes from The Stomplistics, their single "Fifteen And Gone."