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.

Hozier at The Palace
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I sat down with Hozier at The Palace Theatre before his sold out show on March 11, 2019.  Hozier had just begun his tour and was downright ebulient over the release of his second album, "Wasteland, Baby."

We talked about his relationship with the blues and R&B, and his mother the the visual artist, and more.

Listen: Local 518 Saffi

Mar 18, 2019
Saffi at WEXT
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Saffi is the primary songwriter for and lead singer for the western New York based band, Leyda.  Saffi went to school right here in Voorheesville. She was back for a holiday visit home with the family and took some time to drop by to play songs and talk about her music and her band.

The Insolent WIllies
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Johnstown's The Insolent Willies dropped by to play a few songs and talk about music and their upcoming shows.  We learn a bit about Bill Ackerbauer and Frank Dever Pullen as they play as a duo for us in the studio.

See The Insolent Willies at The Low Beat opening for Stevie Tombstone on March 28th. And on the 23rd at Stoney's Irish Grill.

Kevin McKrell at WEXT
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Kevin McKrell dropped by to discuss a reformation of Donnybrook Fair. They're playing a few area shows this week. There are not plans beyond occasional shows, but Kevin is in the process of readying a new solo album. He's finalizing the songs. We hope to hear he's recording later this year.

Katie Louise
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Katie Louise dropped by to talk about hew new EP, "Unleash."  We discussed songwriting, her CD release show and specifically about two of the 7 songs on the EP.  Turns out the first song we play in the interview was a song she wrote at 16. It's called "Imprisoned in Paradise."

Meadow Mountain
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High in the mountains near Denver Colorado is a mountain called Meadow Mountain. Near the base of that mountain is where the members of the band Meadow Mountain gathered to form the band they are today. And they are a band in the truest sense of the word.

From the first few notes of "Radio Waves," it became apparent to us that we needed to help spread their word and their music.

Shannon McNally at WEXT
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Shannon McNally tells us, "I believe in the song."

Chuck Vosganian and Chris Wienk
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Chuck Vosganian of Rochmon Record Club is a veritable font of information about some of the most iconic records in rock history. Thursday, February 28th, join him and the whole gang for a listening party all around Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the "Deja Vu" album. 

Find details at The Linda's website.

Hear the conversation from the radio right here.

Dan Berggren
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Dan Berggren and I talk about his career making music, the first open mic at Caffe Lena, his first song, and the view his mother and grandfather saw of the Sleeping Giant in the Adirondacks.

Plus, Dan plays a few delightful songs, including one that was in his short set that first open mic at Caffe Lena.

Dan plays two shows at Caffe Lena on March 2nd to celebrate his 70th birthday. The later show is sold out  contact Caffe Lena to see if tickets are still available for the matinee.

Natalie Prass at WEXT
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Natalie Prass is from Richmond, VA. She's released her latest album called "The Future and the Past" to great acclaim. Along the way, she made a stop by the studios to talk with me about her album, and then went to The Linda to play a concert.

Rebecca Loebe "Give Up Your Ghosts"
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One of my favorite singer-songwriters has been Rebecca Loebe. She caught my attention, like she did millions of others, when she was on the first season of NBC's The Voice.  Much to my chagrin, she was not in the final running.

Bob Bates & JoAnn Sifo
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Bob Bates and JoAnn Sifo of Dyer Switch Band playing songs of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. A special tribute on February 10 at 3pm at The Strand in Hudson Falls.

The live show sold out last year, and this is the 60th anniversary of the "day the music died." So, if you think you want to go, you should call up the Strand to get your tickets (518.832.3484).

Have a listen!

Mike + Ruthy
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THE MAMMALS SHARE FIVE NEW SINGLES GIVING PROCEEDS TO “SUNSHINERS”

Ruth Ungar and Mike Merenda of The Mammals make their home in West Hurley, NY (nearWoodstock) and while they’ve supported their family thus far thru their music career, this recentturn has been a head scratcher. Live shows are still a source of income, but the actual sale ofphysical or digital recordings has become a novelty rather than a mainstay. Rather than stopcreating new work, though, they keep doing it. Why?

John Gorka
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John Gorka dropped by around the release of his latest record, "True in Time." We learn the story of how that song came to be, and all about the guy who is "from New Jersey."

For more information about John, visit his website.

Chuck Vosganian and Chris Wienk
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Chuck Vosganian is the guy behind the Rochmon Record Club, and his listening parties are becoming very famous.  At these events, Chuck takes us through one of his favorite albums.  His next show at The Linda is January 31st where he'll play and discuss the first record from The Doors.

The Vindys
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The Vindys hail from Youngstown, OH. They brought their unique, high-energy performance to the studio - in an acoustic fashion. Their songs are a mix of old-world pop/jazz standards and soul infused rock.

Part of that massive ball of energy is vocalist, and songwriter, Jackie Popovec.  Hear the story of The Vindys, and a few of their amazing songs in this session.

Brandi Carlile & Chris Wienk
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Brandi Carlile has long been a favorite of ours at WEXT. This past year, the release of the magnificent "By The Way, I Forgive You," and her visit to play at the Palace Theatre, we were in heaven.

Our fingers are crossed that Brandi will prevail at the Grammys.  Keep rockin', Ms B!

Constance Hauman
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Constance Hauman has one heck of a story to tell. An opera singer, she got to sing on stage with Leonard Bernstein. But that's just the end of a brilliantly told tale of a story with a million moving parts. Constance tells the story, and the story of her music - her travels from apartment sitting for Andre Watts to that famed moment with Leonard Bernstein t0 her art rock pop singer songwriter albums.

Greensky Bluegrass dropped by
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The band started in 2000 in Kalamazoo, MI.  Greensky Bluegrass evolved from 3 to 5 members, and the sound they made has evolved over time as well.  We learn a little about that, and about the tongue-in-cheek new album title, "All For Money."  You will enjoy the performances of the new songs and an older one, too.  These guys strip back to the original configuration, and yet they still rock!!

Michael Jerling at WEXT
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Local 518 singer-songwriter, Michael Jerling stopped in to discuss and play songs from his newest release called "Family Recipe." We learned a little about what inspires him and how he goes about making an album. Plus, Michael talked about the amazing contributors to this new record. 

Michael's CD release is at Caffe Lena on December 29th. 

Chuck Vosganian Rochmon Reccord Club
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Chuck Vosganian is a big music fan. He might even be the biggest fan.  He spends a lot of time researching some of the most obscure pieces of information for the biggest, most iconic albums of all time. Then he gets up in front of folks at Caffe Lena and The Linda to join you in listening to great albums. The Rochmon Record Club events are filled with other music lovers, like you.  Chuck imparts a bit of the knowledge he's discovered. Some of that, you may know.

Josh Clevenstine
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We found out about Josh purely by accident. Carrying on the tradition of the Adirondack folk singers, like Christopher Shaw, Dan Berggren and others. We met Josh through a Facebook post by Chris Shaw. So, we had to ask about the connection. Turns out, it's been a life-long connection that started when Josh was very young hearing one of Chris' recordings in his car seat.

Find Josh at the Across the Street Pub in Albany monthly.

Tommy Castro & the Painkillers
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Tommy Castro and his band the Painkillers dropped by before playing a special show with Tinsley Ellis at The Egg. Tommy talks about his and Tinsley's long association. This was the first tour they’d done with each other.

Tommy touched on songs with a message from his latest album, "Stompin' Ground." And we learn how the band name came to be.

The Gigglers from the Diver Library
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Libraries are more than just quiet spaces with books. These days, libraries are the hub of communities, and nowhere is that more apparent than in Schaghticoke, NY.  Diver Library director, Nicholas Matulis is also a Local 518 musician. He's been in the WEXT studios before with several projects, including Swamp Baby, one of our favorite Local 518 bands.

Playin' With Fire Band
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We had a visit with the Playin' With Fire Band.  During the visit, Kim told us the story behind her song (and album title track), "Closer Than We Know." She wrote it for her best friend, whom she lost when Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed over Scotland in 1988.  We hear that story, and a few songs performed live at WEXT in this special 518 Session.

Sarah McQuaid
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Sarah McQuaid dropped by as she was heading out of town. She had just played at the Waterford Public Library the day before. She stopped by and played us a few songs from her new album, "If We Dig Any Deeper, It Could Get Dangerous."

The Wynotte Sisters at WEXT
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Wine. Cheese. Licorice.  That's how the Wynotte Sisters met.  They found that they each had a penchant for some great old Christmas chestnuts.  And for the past few years, they've been making a name for themselves in the Hudson Valley playing holiday shows.

Hear their story, and the three part harmonies in a few, cool yule tunes.

Winter Wondergrass Stratton line-up / Agency

It's more than just a great line-up, and it is that for sure!  WinterWondergrass is coming to Stratton Mountain in Vermont - December 14-16.  

As organizer, Scott Stoughton says, this is more than a music festival. It's a community event. The Festival has been on the west coast for several years (and in Colorado where it started), and now that community spirit comes to Stratton Mountain.

Erin Rae
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Just by chance, singer-songwriter Erin Rae ended up on the Brett Dennen tour that made a stop at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in November.

Erin caught the attention of John Paul White (ex of the Civil Wars) who signed her to his Single Lock Records label. She recorded her latest album in a former Franciscan monastery in Appleton, WI.  Utilizing the reverberant sound that one might expect from such a space, and living on site (it's sort of an artist retreat, now), helped put her in a very special space to unleash the highly personal songs on "Putting On Airs."

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