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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Australian singer-songwriter and blues rock guitar virtuoso Hamish Anderson dropped by the station to play us some songs from his new full length debut release Trouble

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Everybody knows I'm a huge Neil Young fan.  Seems like forever.  I was in middle school in Syracuse when I discovered his music.  I used to scan radio stations by turning the knob that moved the needle up and down.  Remember those?  I was always in search for music that was different and unique.  I loved the hip hop and the British punk and the new wave that was exploding.  But it was during one of those late night expeditions with my radio when I discovered Neil.  Wow!  I was hooked.  His voice is at times soft and sincere.  Other times, brash and vitriol

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This Saturday, November 12, Neil Percival Young turns 71 years old. 

The King of Mountain Funk.  The Godfather of Grunge.  Whatever you call him, one thing is for certain, Neil Young is undoubtedly one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time. 

I've been a devout fan through thick and thin; through all his ever changing musical tastes and styles.  He's been one of my favorites since I was able to reach the volume knob on the radio to turn up on one of his songs. 

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“I took it a stage further; a really sort of heavy, authentic blues band and like everything else, you add to what went before.   I always looked to The Stones, people like that, they came before me and of course they were the beginnings of that whole thing in England.  I certainly kicked that ball along.”

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Tommy Castro & The Painkillers recently stopped by on their way through town touring.  The guys ripped through three exciting songs and hung with Dave Michaels.  Tommy talked about his earliest memories of watching his older brother play in a band in their basement which sparked his own passion to play guitar.  Influenced by the great blues, R&B and rock 'n' roll artists of the 60's, Tommy set off on a lifelong musical journey that has taken him from local stages to national and international touring. 

Mark Wahlberg struggles to survive aboard "Deepwater Horizon": Jay Bobbin reviews the true oil-rig-disaster drama.

Tom Hanks takes flight as "Sully": Jay Bobbin reviews the Clint Eastwood-directed drama about the "Miracle on the Hudson."

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Twin guitars! 

Thin Lizzy!

Jimmy Page and the Spirit lawsuit! 

British rockers Wishbone Ash are one of the major innovators of the harmony twin lead guitar format; inspiring such bands as Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden and Metallica.  

Dave Michaels talks with Marcy Stengel, Director of Development and Communications with Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar about the 2nd annual Duck Derby and Back2School Fest in Albany's Washington Park Saturday, September 17th at 10am.

Learn more about Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar here:  http://crsas.org/

Adopt a duck here:  https://www.duckrace.com/albany

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Is the mission of the "Suicide Squad" worthwhile? Jay Bobbin offers his thoughts.

It's a special Dawn of The Dead this morning at 8:30.  Twenty-one years ago today, on August 9, 1995, Jerry Garcia passed away at Serenity Knolls, a rehab facility 30 miles north of San Francisco.  He'd just turned 53 and it was exactly a month since the Dead played their final show in Chicago on July 9th. 

We'll keep the music going in his honor and invite you to join us for a double-shot of Jerry and the Dead.

Does "Jason Bourne" keep its identity? Jay Bobbin reviews Matt Damon¹s latest adventure as the action hero.

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Dave Michaels talks music with Tedeschi Trucks Band guitarist Derek Trucks.

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We've been long time fans of this incredibly talented brother and sister duo from Fort Plain! 

We first caught a glimpse of their brilliance on stage during a Music on Mainstreet in Canajoharie event when they were fresh-faced teenagers!  Now upperclassmen at Harvard University, these sibling rockers continue to amaze us with their drive, determination and music! 

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Peter Wolf, the legendary voice of the J. Geils Band, recently released his eighth solo album, A Cure For Loneliness via Concord Records.  Among its 12 songs are nine new originals, four of them co-written with Grammy/Academy Award-winning songwriter Will Jennings, as well as a bluegrass reworking of the Geils' classic "Love Stinks"Hear Peter tell Dave Michaels all about it.  He also shares some of his earliest concert-going memories, musical influences, the start up and height of success with the J. Geils Band and more!

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Local 518 Sean Rowe dropped by WEXT to play some new songs from his forthcoming Kickstarter-funded album.  The Kickstarter campaign wraps up June 14.  And while the goal has already been met (HOORAY!), there's still some exclusive incentives you can choose from and take home!  Plus, it's always nice to have a little more money than what you budgeted for, right? We can't wait for the new album in 2017!

Hear Sean perform three new songs and talk with Dave Michaels:

The Battenkill Runs Through It
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The Battenkill Runs Through It
Sixth Annual Beach, Music & Food Festival
Saturday, May 28, 2016
 Noon  – 6:00 PM
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Battenkill Conservancy's sixth annual beach, music & food festival returns on Saturday, May 28, 2016. The Festival kicks off the summer season on the banks of the Battenkill at the Greenwich Town Beach, just north of the village on Route 29. 

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Local 518 Dyer Switch Band (JoAnn Sifo, Bob Bates, Butch Ryan and Chris Schultz) swung by the studio to record a session and surprised us with a new song written for and about WEXT!  Take a listen to "977 Exit."

Hear more songs performed in the studio along with their conversation with Dave Michaels on Thursday, May 12 at 11:30p and Saturday, May 14th at 6:30p.   

Dyer Switch Band's latest release is called, "In The Spotlight Of The Moon."  Catch them live at FYE in Johnstown on June 4th. 

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Dave Michaels talks with the incredibly gifted and beloved voice of The Moody Blues;  who is performing solo at The Egg on Wednesday, May 18. 

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"I could drop dead in the middle of this conversation."  74-year old music icon and two-time Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Graham Nash opens up about his life from The Hollies, CSN&Y to his latest solo release, This Path Tonight. 

If you want to hear the whole conversation, it's here on Soundcloud:

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