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.

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.

David Wax Museum

David Wax Museum is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017.  They debuted the same year WEXT did.  We have been big fans of David and Suz and the band for the whole time.  Before they headed over to The Linda to play a show as the "duo," like in the old days, David and Suz stopped by with their two children and played us these amazing songs. We talk about their most recent album and EP, and potential new music in our future.

See the videos below the session audio.

Peter Annello

16 year old guitarist and singer songwriter, Peter Annello dropped by to play some songs and talk about his influences and songwriting.  Watch for Peter at various area open mics. His favorite is at Caffe Lena.  He is expanding the places and types of shows he's playing out at.  Get out and support the Local 518.

Sandbox Percussion

The Washington Post says the ensemble Sandbox Percussion is “revitalizing the world of contemporary music.”

Sandbox Percussion stopped by the WMHT-FM (89.1)  studios with the composer Viet Cuong. There are 2 chances to see them this weekend as part of the Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival. On Friday, 6/2, at 7:30 at EMPAC, they premiere Viet Cuong’s Renewal for Percussion Quartet and Chamber Ensemble. And on Saturday, 6/3, at 3, also at EMPAC, they perform works by Steve Reich, David Crowell and more.

MaryLeigh Roohan

June 25

Caffe Lena

Hayes Carll

Join Hayes Carll at the Hangar on the Hudson on June 8th! Find details at the Hangar's Facebook page, or join the event!

Barns Courtney

Join Barns Courtney at The Hollow Bar + Kitchen June 8th at 9pm.  For more information visit Barns Courtney's website.

John Mayall

June 6, 8pm

The Cohoes Music Hall

Remsen St, Cohoes

Colin Hay

DSP Shows and WEXT are proud to present the Man At Work, Colin Hay! He's coming to The Egg Performing Arts Center on August 19th. Tickets on sale through Dan Smalls and The Egg. #FierceMercy #ComeTumblingDown

Tickets on sale The Egg box office and online.

Enter to win tickets by sending email with this link

Ray Wylie Hubbard

June 3 - The Hangar on the Hudson, Troy

Ray Wylie Hubbard's bio is way too long due to his 40+ years of being a legendary Texas singer/songwriter whose tough but literate music ranges from personal introspection to rowdy barroom anthems and releasing 16 albums.

Get your tickets to Ray's show at Brown Paper Tickets.

Enter to win tickets by sending an email.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

Albany’s free Alive at Five concert series returns for its 28th season on June 8 presented by KeyBank, Capital District Transportation Authority - CDTA, & Exit 97.7 WEXT with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Let's Be Leonard!

Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show came to the fore when they finished a Bob Dylan song (Wagon Wheel). With a rich catalog and a reputation for brilliant live shows, OCMS has just released their live, cover of the full "Blonde on Blonde" album. Now, they're coming to Ommegang on May 28. Click here for details. 

Enter to win tickets by clicking here


The iconic Sacramento based band Cake will rock the area, not just once, but two times. May 26 at Ommegang and May 28 at Mass MoCA. Click each venue for more information about the respective show. 

Ana Popovic

The Cohoes Music Hall - May 23!

Ana Popovic w/s/g Super 400

Ana Popovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia) and grew up in a family where music was very important. All throughout her youth, her father would invite friends over for nightly jam sessions. In this atmosphere, she quickly learned her father’s impressive blues and soul record collection, grabbed his guitar and started playing at the age of fifteen. Since then, Ana has developed into an phenomenal guitarist/vocalist with a growing legion of fans throughout the world.

The Local 518 Show 1712

May 19, 2017

Eric Johnson

Texas guitar legend Eric Johnson returns to the Cohoes Music Hall on May 22 with his band for an evening of Electric Blues!

Details at The Palace Theatre website. 

Sydney Worthley
AMG Photography

There's a new Local 518 rising star. Her name is Sydney Worthley.  We could have been knocked over with a feather when we learned she was a mere 14 years old. Her lyrics belie that age. She has a mature outlook on life, and has a very powerful voice.

Sydney's CD release show is to be scheduled soon.

Take a listen to her session below. And visit her website to learn more.

Martin Sexton

Syracuse native, and a veteran of playing the streets of Boston, Martin Sexton dropped by and talked a little about his experiences being on the ground with his transient, commuter audiences.  And he sang songs and talk about his album "Mixtape of the Open Road."

The Local 518 Show 1711

May 15, 2017

Scott Sharrard

Scott Sharrard is widely known as the lead guitarist and musical director of the Gregg Allman Band. He's a prolific songwriter and talented singer, he has also released several soul-influenced albums of his own including three with his first band, The Chesterfields, followed by three solo albums and, most recently, the eponymous release by his current band, Scott Sharrard & the Brickyard Band, in 2013.