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.

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."


February 26, 2017

The Hangar on the Hudson
River Street, Troy

WEXT in conjunction with SLP Productions is proud to present one absolutely astonishingly amazing singer!  

LOLO is coming  to The Hangar in Troy on February 26th. Tickets go on sale December 16th. Details and links to come.

The Howlin' Brothers at The Low Beat

Monday, December 19th, catch our friends The Howlin' Brothers at The Low Beat. It's gonna be a hot one for sure!

The Howlin' Brothers
December 19th
The Low Beat, 335 Central Avenue, Albany

To remember how awesome they are, catch their last session with us below - a live radio event from 2014.  Plus, get ready for a new session featuring new songs from a forthcoming album - on the radio just after 530p on 12/19. 

Wolf Hollow Brewing

Get to our friends at Wolf Hollow Brewing for a taste of something special, and we're not just talking about their beer. Visit with them sometime.  Wolf Hollow Brewing Company on Route 5 in Glenville. 

Here are the bands that they have coming up:

10.29 - The North and South Dakotas

11.19 - Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys

12.10 - Low Lily (from Brattleboro, VT)

1.14 - Mikey Sweet (from Northampton, MA)

2.8 - Matt Flinner Trio

The 977 Greatest Songs

This December, with tons of listener feedback, we have compiled a list of 977 of the greatest songs ever. We are playing them back and asking for your support. 

Here's when you can hear the countdown. 

Friday, 12/9 6-9p

Saturday, 12/10 10a-6p

Sunday, 12/11 10a-8p

Monday, 12/12 5a-9p

Tuesday, 12/13 5a-9p

Wednesday, 12/14 5a-9p

Thursday, 12/15 5a-9p

Friday, 12/16 5a-9p

Thank you very much for your feedback and support. You help make WEXT a better radio station - eclectic, unique and diverse.

Peter Case

Peter Case dropped by ahead of a great show at The Low Beat in October.  He played a few songs from his new album, "HWY 62."  Thanks for rockin' with us Peter.

Cannon the Brave

Allison and Whitney Smith are Cannon the Brave.  Since they last visited with us, they've expanded the band, and have written some very nice new music.  Hear about how they became Cannon the Brave, and hear them play live with new bandmates.

Plus, you should join them at the Madison Theatre for the release of their new EP. Join their Facebook event page here.

Local 518 Show 1614

Dec 1, 2016
Phoebe Henry Attic Classic

How many shopping days left? On your travels tonight tune in The Local 518 Show with Andy Gregory at 11pm (Saturday at 6pm). There's soothing music by Desafinado, Immune Friction, Talia Denis, Scientific Maps, Let's Be Leonard, and Daniel Johnson. The Attic Classic is "Silent Superman", from singer/songwriter Phoebe Henry. Did you know she was originally inspired through a rented beat up nylon string guitar?



WEXT is proud to welcome one of 2016's best discoveries to The Egg .  Joseph will perform on Tuesday, December 13th at 7:30 PM.

Featuring the mesmerizing, hypnotic harmonies of sisters Allison, Meegan, and Natalie Closner, the band known as Joseph brings their mystical exuberance and heart-on-sleeve emotion to the stage in support of their acclaimed recording I’m Alone, No You’re Not.

David Grisman & Del McCoury
Jason Charme Photography

Guthrie/Bell Productions Presents


Del McCoury and David Grisman 50th Anniversary Show



Sat. Dec. 10 at 8:00

Tickets available online and the EMPAC Box Office


Join the Facebook event here. The contest is now closed.

Mountain Snow Orchestra

For many years, the support band for Bridget Ball and Chris Shaw’s long running hit Christmas show ‘Mountain Snow Mistletoe’ consisted of Kevin McKrellBrian Melick and John Kirk. As the Mountain Snow Orchestra, they keep the tradition alive with a down home evening of holiday music, merriment and mischief.

The Local 518 Show 1613

Nov 26, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy The Local 518 Show with Andy Gregory at 6pm, with tasty music by The Last Conspirators, TwoGuys, MÖRDWÖLF, Victory Soul Orchestra, Lucky Jukebox Brigade, and Super 400. The Attic Classic is a tryptophan antidote from groove heavy band GDFU (greatdayforup), with the song "Crash Landing."

Sawyer Fredericks

Sawyer Fredericks' "A Winter Storm" tour makes a sold out stop at The Egg on Sunday, December 4th. 

The contest is now closed.

Tim Reynolds

Tim Reynolds, sonic innovator, solo guitar wizard and Dave Matthews’ lead guitarist, returns to The College of Saint Rose for an extraordinary evening of solo acoustic guitar.

This special concert by one of the world’s most talented musicians will be Friday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m. on the D’Arcy-Brady Stage in the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, New York.

Live @ EXT Sessions

Don't miss the Black Friday Live @ EXT Marathon from 5am until 9pm - tons of live performances in the studio as recorded all year long (so far).  Click here for the schedule.

Thanksgiving on WEXT

Nov 21, 2016
Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant album cover

Join us for our annual Thanksgiving tradition of playing Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant." The hour is also filled with great music selected by Christopher Shaw to celebrate an Adirondack-style Thanksgiving.  And Michael Eck imagines what it would have been like had Woody Guthrie gathered friends at the Almanac House for a Thanksgiving night fest.

Hear these special moments Thanksgiving Day at 6am, 9am and 12n.