Dave Michaels

Morning DJ / Senior Radio Producer

Monday - Friday 5am - 10am

From birth, Dave was nursed on rock 'n' roll, country and Americana music.  In fact, his dad captured him on reel-to-reel singing from his crib to Roger Miller's "King of The Road"; a recording Dave has never let out of his possession!  Discovery of his parent's General Electric hi-fi ignited his passion for radio, and after getting a gig at a college radio station, he was hooked!  26 years later, we can see his instincts were spot on!

From on air to production director, Dave's radio career has taken him from Glens Falls to Albany, where he has hosted the morning show on Exit 97.7 WEXT since it's inception in 2007. 

Tune in for Breakfast with The Beatles at 7:20 and Dawn of The Dead at 8:30. 

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Artist

Ryan Montbleau has been an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and bandleader for more than a decade, but with his new album I Was Just Leaving, the New England-based artist has truly arrived. Contemplative and richly emotive, the album offers a glimpse into the often-lonesome life of the relentlessly traveling troubadour, a strikingly single-minded existence too often clouded by the blur of constant motion.

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As we began planning our tenth anniversary (crazy right?), we realized that one party or concert might not really be enough. So we are working with our favorite venues and concert promoters who all reached out as each wanted to do something with us for our tenth anniversary! Some are still working on cool shows they want to do with you and us. Some have finalized.

Here is the current list of tenth anniversary shows that have become part of our Concert Crawl.

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Robert Bordieri

Maybe we're getting a little ahead of ourselves, but we cannot wait until summertime! Music on Mainstreet; Canajoharie's FREE summer concert series returns with a stellar lineup!

Anti- Records

Our very good friend and acclaimed Local 518 singer-songwriter Sean Rowe dropped by to catch up and talk about his journey of recording a new album (NEW LORE out 4/8 on Anti- Records), what it means to be an independent artist and much, much more. 

Armed only with two amps, a pedal board, one weathered six-string guitar and his unmistakable baritone voice, Sean treated us to two new songs and a Leonard Cohen cover!   

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Local 518 band, Gordon St dropped by the studio for the first time to play some new songs and talk to Dave Michaels.  The band will celebrate the release of their self-titled, full-length album April 29th with a CD release show at Firestone 151 and some very special guests joining them on stage. 

Timothy B. Schmit
Artist

Timothy B. Schmit, the groundbreaking vocalist, songwriter and bass player from legendary rock groups Eagles and Poco just released a new 12-track solo album titled, "Leap of Faith"Hear the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer talk to Dave Michaels about his storied four-decade long career.

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Local 518 singer-songwriter Steve Candlen dropped by to play some songs and talk about all the music he's been making. 

Steve recorded two EP's at Overit Studios in Albany last year; A Murmuration of Starlings and Subwayfarer.  He continues to write and record at a feverish pace.

Keep listening to Exit 97.7 WEXT for new music from this prolific Local 518'er. For more information about what Steve is up to, visit his Facebook page.

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Though perhaps technically a singer-songwriter, Ian Fitzgerald prefers the term 'folk singer,' as it more accurately describes the tradition in which his music is rooted. From early twentieth century field recordings through Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Gillian Welch, and hundreds of artists in between, Ian has been influenced by one of the sturdiest strains of American music. 

Hear Ian play songs from his new album, "You Won't Even Know I'm Gone" and chat with Dave Michaels Live@EXT:

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Mike Poulopoulos (Rebel Darling) and Zack Hay  (North & South Dakotas) stopped by WEXT and chatted with Dave Michaels. 

Mike and Zack, together with Adam Brockway (Eastbound Jesus) are playing at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs this Sunday, January 15th.  The Americana Songwriters In The Round will showcase the songwriting talents of these three amazing Local 518'ers. 

Hear a sneak peak of what you can expect as they trade songs and talk with Dave:

Best of 2016
Agency

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.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland has announced the Class of 2017:  Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Yes. 

And Local 518 singer/songwriter Michael Eck weighed in as a voting member of the Hall!  Hear Michael talk with Dave Michaels about his connection to the Hall, the voting process, the hits and misses, and all the movers and shakers, the visionaries and inspirations that changed the way we listen to rock & roll. 

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