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.

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.

Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry

Proctors Theatre

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.

The Last Waltz 40 Tour

The Last Waltz 40

The Palace Theatre
February 2 at 8pm

The Last Waltz 40 Tour Lineup
Warren Haynes, Michael McDonald, Jamey Johnson, John Medeski, Don Was, Terence Higgins and very Special Guests To Be Announced

Kelly Paige

NYC singer-songwriter, Kelly Paige has a voice that will knock your socks off.  Hear about her and listen to her sing in this session we recorded recently.  Visit Kelly's website for more information.

The Sea The Sea

Our friends, The Sea The Sea are working on a new record, and have been experimenting by augmenting their sound with Eric Margan and Cara May Gorman.  

Hear the resulting session we recorded recently. Visit their website for more on the band.

Below the session, you can see the videos of the wonderful songs in the session, too.

Dark Star Orchestra

Catch Dark Star Orchestra at The Palace Theatre!

Saturday, November 19

Information and tickets at The Palace website.

This contest is now closed.

10,000 Maniacs

The Cohoes Music Hall presents 10,000 Maniacs on Saturday, November 19th. Tickets are on sale at the Cohoes Music Hall Box Office and online at the Cohoes Music Hall website.

This contest is now closed.

AJ Croce and Chris Wienk

AJ Croce plays at The Troy Savings Music Hall tonight. If you missed the conversation with Chris Wienk, catch it here.

Thanks for your support!


Live @ EXT: LOLO

Nov 4, 2016

Lauren Pritchard, aka LOLO dropped by to sing some songs and talk about her new album, "In Loving Memory of When I Gave a Sh@#!"

See her in action in the three videos of the songs she sang that day.  Hear the full session below the videos.

Big Head Blues Club

Big Head Blues Club
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

11.16.16 @ 7:30pm

Big Head Blues Club featuring BIG HEAD TODD AND THE MONSTERS with special guests Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch, and Ronnie Baker Brooks present:  The Songs of Willie Dixon. For more information, visit the Music Hall websiteThe contest is now closed. 


Tonight 11pm (and Saturday at 6pm), Andy Gregory hosts the Local 518 ‪‎Show‬, an All Saints' & All Souls' Days recovery mix of music by The Erotics, Chris Itani / The Hard Luck Souls, MaryLeigh Roohan, MIRK, Matt Maguire Music, and Otter. He dug deep into the Attic Classic cd crate for a track by Style Martly, "Lame" from their 1997 'Crush' album. 

And catch the Fear Of Strangers reunion on 518 Sessions immediately following. 

Santa Speedo Sprint

11 years and going strong!

The Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy (ASAP), in association with the Albany All-Star Roller Derby, is pleased to present the 11th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint!

Net proceeds benefit the Albany Damien Center and the HIV/AIDS program at Albany Medical Center.

Come out for a great day! December 10, 2016 -- The Albany Santa Speedo Sprint and Winter WonderLark!  

Find information at the Facebook event page.

Boo Ray

Meet Boo Ray, a singer-songwriter from the hills of Western North Carolina.  He splits his time between Nashville, Athens, GA and Los Angeles (when not on tour).  On his way through the northeast, Boo and his band stopped by. They broke it down in a near string-band style for us.  Check them out!


Tonight 11pm (and Saturday at 6pm), Andy Gregory hosts the Local 518 ‪‎Show‬, an eclectic mix of music by The Black Ships, Sandy McKnight, Cosby Gibson, The Lustre Kings, DYER SWITCH BAND, and Huxtable Christensen & Hood. The Attic Classic is the snarky, gently biting soft-rock ballad "Cosmic Love Songs" from Albany's merry popsters Blotto. It's a deep cut from the collection 'Then More Than Ever'. Happy Halloween!

The show is followed by a 518 Session with Daisycutter, celebrating their new album "Waiting For the Stars." (1130pm tonight and 630pm Saturday)

First Night 2017

Help celebrate First Night Saratoga 2017 - A Night of Magic by becoming one of the volunteers.  Saratoga Arts needs help staffing over 70 performing groups in 30 venues through downtown Saratoga Springs!  For more information on a fabulous way to ring in the new year visit, or call 518-584-4132.

First Night 2017 Button Stuffing Party!