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.

Elvis Costello & the Imposters

DSP Shows Presents Elvis Costello & the Imposters at Brewery Ommegang on July 21st 5:00PM Gates7:00PM Show Elvis Costellowsg Amy Helm A songwriter and performer comfortable in almost every genre imaginable, Elvis Costello has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning more than 30 years. A musicologist of formidable breadth and knowledge, he is perhaps best known for his performances with The Attractions, The Imposters and for concert appearances with pianist Steve Nieve.

Carmen Lookshire
Kiki Vassilakis Photography /

Local 518 singer-songwriter, Carmen Lookshire tells us she has an old soul, and she loves the music of the 30s and 40s.  Her sound and style may belie that, but in this session, we'll hear her sing Chris Wienk's favorite song a cappella.  Plus, she sings an old Nat "King" Cole song. In addition, we hear the song she and Kenyan pop reggae singer Mtu Saba worked on together called "Don't Ask Mommy Why."

Ziggy! At The Egg

Jul 11, 2017
Ziggy Marley

DSP Shows Presents Ziggy Marley at The Egg - July 20th.  

For more information, visit the Egg website.

Mad Mass MoCA!

Jul 11, 2017
Mad Max

July 15th
Mass MoCA

The 1979 cult classic, Mad Max, shaped the way we think about our dystopian future, in which desolate, post-apocalyptic landscapes are the backdrop for a wild ride of feuds and vengeance. Join our friends at Mass MoCA for an outdoor screening, with an original re-score performed live by the hot New York City ensemble Morricone Youth — makes for a great summer night.

For details, visit the Mass MoCA website.

The Kamikaze Hearts circa 2017

Ten years ago, on 07-07-07, WEXT began its quest to leave regular radio behind.  When you joined us on the journey on that fateful day, the first song you heard was by a great Local 518 band known as The Kamikaze Hearts.  We chose to play their song "Ash Wednesday" as the first song - it was to signify that local music and the musicians who create it was paramount to our mission. It still is - ten years later!

The Super Secret Local 518 Compilation

The email we received in the wee hours of July 7th, 2017 read as follows:

Hello WEXT Friends!

Happy Birthday!

The Super Secret 518 crew is a small, anonymous squad of local musicians who decided to organize a surprise compilation of Local 518 covers performed by other Local 518 performers. We figured there'd be no better way to thank you for your crucial role in the community than to pay tribute to this community in song. 

Joan Osborne

Friday, July 7th, Joan Osborne will be at Mass MoCA. She's performing an evening of Bob Dylan songs to the delight of audiences everywhere. 

For information and tickets, visit the Mass MoCA website

Cars 3
Walt Disney Pictures

Does the latest chapter in Disney-Pixar's auto franchise run like Lightning? Jay Bobbin reviews "Cars 3."

Robbie Christmas & Michael Hannon

Seattle singer-songwriter, Robbie Christmas brought his friend Michael Hannon to the studio to record a few songs, including his song "Wish You Were Her."  Plus, we discussed songwriting, working with Train lead singer Pat Monahan and what it was like to sing the National Anthem to 68,000 NFL fans in Seattle.

Saratoga County Fair

The 176th Saratoga County Fair is from July 18 through July 23! Fun and excitement for the whole family, everyday and night. Join us at the Fair on the first day for the Masters of the Chainsaw

See the daily schedule and more at the Fair's website.

Dan Berggren

Local 518, Adirondack folk singer Dan Berggren stopped by to play some songs from his new album, "This Planet We Call Home." Plus, we talk a bit about the 37th Old Songs Festival.

Catch Dan at the Old Songs Festival all this weekend (6/23-25).

MaryLeigh Roohan

Local 518 MaryLeigh Roohan is working on a new album headed our way in 2018. She's playing at Caffe Lena on June 25th.  If you can make it to the show, you will get a preview CD with songs that are still in progress on their way to the album.

Make sure you return for some cool videos of the songs she plays in the session.

For more information about the show at Caffe Lena, click here.

Solid Sound Sold Out!

Jun 21, 2017
Solid Sound

Solid Sound Festival this weekend, June 23-25 is all sold out.  We have a pair of Saturday passes, and we would love for you to be able to go.  Want to?  Send email, and we'll let you know if you've won.  Keep rockin'!

Cry Cry Cry

Cry Cry CryThe Troy Savings Bank Music HallFriday, October 27, 2017, 8 PM    Celebrated singer-songwriters Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Shindell and Dar Williams last performed together in their celebrated folk-pop collaboration, Cry Cry Cry, nineteen years ago.

Randy Newman

Randy Newman
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Saturday, September 16, 8PM This legendary songwriter started his career with hits like "Short People," "Louisiana 1927," and "I Think It's Going to Rain Today." Today, he reaches new audience with songs from films like Toy Story, as well as the newer hits "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country" and "Laugh and Be Happy."   

Matthew Wolcott

Dallas singer-songwriter Matthew Wolcott didn't take the usual route to becoming a professional musician. First he was a lawyer, but the music bug had bitten. He stopped his burgeoning law practice to follow his music passion.

Riverlink Concerts 2017

Jun 17, 2017
Riverlink Concerts
Riverlink Concerts

Each Saturday (and a few other nights), join us at Riverlink Park in Amsterdam for the Riverlink Park concert series. Here's the 2017 line-up. Shows are at 7pm, except Sean Rowe's which is 8pm. More info at the Riverlink website.

24-Jun    Searson  

Bruce Hornsby

He had the most played song on the radio in 1987. He helped open the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.  His collaborations have taken him from pop and rock to country and bluegrass to jazz and classical. 

Bruce Hornsby breaks the mold of a rock musician playing the same licks over and over every day.

And on October 21st, you can see him perform live at the Troy Savings Banks Music Hall.  Tickets art on sale now at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

The Local 518 Show 1716

Jun 15, 2017
Peter Prince's Moon Boot Lover

Some Dad's like their radio eclectic, unique, diverse. Have him listen to Exit 97.7 WEXT tonight at 11pm for The Local 518 Show with Andy Gregory (he's a cool Daddy-O, too!). He's sure to like something from the playlist, from the Adirondack Angels cd by Julie Venne-Hogan (of Beartracks), Lüt - The Band, Anthony Fallacaro, The Maloy Brothers, Russel the Leaf, Angela Bove, or Sean Rowe?

The Shins at Ommegang

Saturday, June 17th

Ommegang Brewery

The Shins!

Click here for information and tickets. 

Artisanal Brew Works

Artisanal Brew Works has partnered with the Tedeschi Trucks Band's Wheels of Soul Tour and Craft for Causes. This summer, Artisanal Brew Works created a special brew that you can get when you drop by for a visit at their place on Geyser Road in Saratoga.

Register to win a special brewery experience including a tasting flight and a growler of your favorite brew - maybe even the new "Wheels of Soul Wit."

Dad Fest 2017

The City of Albany, WEXT and SEFCU are proud to present Dad Fest, a free Father's Day event at the Washington Park Parade Grounds. Dad Fest will feature live music from Powerhouse Funk Band, Mark Gamsjager & The Lustre King and Ramblin' Jug Stompers, plus great food, vendors, kids' activities and more family fun on Sunday, June 18 from 1 to 6 p.m.

37th Old Songs Festival

Old Songs is a family-friendly festival of folk, traditional, Celtic and world music and dance, known for its relaxed atmosphere, interactive sessions and workshops, hands-on experience and participatory nature. 


In addition to three concerts there are over 100 daytime workshops, dances or performances.


For more information and details, visit the Old Songs website



Robbie Christmas

It's not too late to get your free song from Robbie Christmas

We've been digging this new artist from Seattle.  Hope you have too. Now you can get his song as a gift for listening to WEXT. Thank you for your ears!

Click here for the song download.

"stacks of wax"
Christine Sanley

1967 is coming! When you turn on your radio on Friday, June 9th, don't be alarmed. You will indeed have stepped into a psychedelic time machine.


What was radio like in 1967? There weren't many, but the cool progressive stations were just getting started, Monterey International Pop took place that June, and it launched a summer of migration - the Summer of Love. Come along as we relive those heady months of 50 years ago.


Caitlin Canty

Caitlin Canty made a tour stop at Caffe Lena on June 1st.  She stopped by to play a few songs, including a new - as yet unreleased - track that will hopefully be on the new album coming in 2018.