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.

Midnight North
WEXT

Midnight North, led by songwriters Elliott Peck and Grahame Lesh, released their third album, "Under The Lights" to great acclaim earlier this year.  When they stopped in town to play a show this past September, we were fortunate enough to get to sit with them and discuss everything from Grateful Dead shows and their own eclectic brand of music to their home base of Terrapin Crossroads.

Rosanne Cash
Artist

November 14th
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Visit the Music Hall website for more details.  

Saratoga Arts
Agency

First Night Saratoga 2018, one of the largest New Year's Eve celebrations in the country, would not be possible without dedicated volunteers. This year, nearly 200 volunteers are needed to help at First Night performance venues, ensuring that over 10,000 revelers rIng in the New Year in a fun and safe manner.

 

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Artist

Rodrigo y Gabriela
10th Anniversary Tour

Sunday, November 12
The Egg

7pm doors/8pm show

Tickets on sale at TicketMaster.com, TheEgg.org, or at the box office, 518.473.1845.

Peter Rowan
Artist

Wednesday, October 25th
The Hangar on the Hudson

For info and tickets, click here.  

Rickie Lee Jones
Artist

Wednesday, October 25 at 8pm

The Cohoes Music Hall

For more info and tickets visit the website.

Cry Cry Cry
Artist

10.27.17 @ 8:00pm

Cry Cry Cry

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky, and Richard Shindell. Three celebrated musicians revive their celebrated folk-pop collaboration for their first performances in nineteen years. And hear them on the radio that afternoon before the show.

Otis Redding / Stax Records
Artist

Our fall fundraiser is a celebration of Stax Records' 60th anniversary. For one week, we've changed our sound to become a Memphis soul station from the 1960's. As part of the celebratory mood, we are asking listeners to support the music and the radio station that plays it. Contribute by calling 1.800.272.6492, or online at the red DONATE button above.

Be listening for the 100 Best Stax Trax of the 1960's countdown on Friday, October 20.

Paco Peña
Artist

Sunday, October 22

Paco Peña embodies both authenticity and innovation in flamenco. As guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer and artistic mentor he has transformed perceptions of this archetypal Spanish art form.

Amos Lee wsg Mutlu
Agency

Tuesday, October 24

The Egg

7pm doors * 8pm show

WEXT presents

AMOS LEE

wsg Mutlu

Tickets on sale at www.ticketmaster.comwww.theegg.org and the Egg box office 518-473-1845.

 

Adrenaline Pumpkin
WEXT

Every October, four guys come out of the pumpkin patch to play groovy tunes to the folks who come out to Sunnyside Gardens in Saratoga.  Johnny Twoseeds, A. Pumpkin, C. Pumpkin and O. Pumpkin are Adrenaline Pumpkin.  See these guys Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4p.

Somehow we convinced them to leave the pumpkin patch and the donuts and apple cider to come play a few tunes for us on the radio.

Alyssa Rose
WEXT

One of our recent discoveries has been a singer songwriter from the Syracuse area by the name of Alyssa Rose.  She's recently released her new EP of songs called "Tumbleweed."  Here's a chance to hear what she's all about in a new Live @ EXT session.

KTG's Last Day with The Gang
WEXT/Joe Landor

On January 3rd, 2011, KTG walked through the doors of WMHT. She came to work for the station as the person who would take care of the back office administrative work that would support what we do on the air on WMHT-FM and WEXT-FM.  As she was starting, we learned she had been a DJ for a station like WEXT before.  That was when we presented to her the opportunity to be the evening DJ for Exit 97.7, WEXT. 

Ben Sollee & the Kentucky Native
Artist

SLP presents Ben Sollee and the Kentucky Native on Wednesday, September 27th at The Hollow.  Tickets and more at the SLP website

Enter to win tickets by sending email with this link.

Jeff Brisbin
WEXT

Saratoga Springs musician, Local 518 Jeff Brisbin has released his latest album - a labor of love for sure. It's called "Foreverly." He joined us to talk about the genesis of the album, play a few songs, and share some good times.

Amy Helm
Artist

The Massry Center at the College of St. Rose presents singer-songwriter, Amy Helm, the daughter of The Band’s, Levon Helm, on Saturday, October 7th at 8pm

Tickets and information at The Massry Center's website.

Enter to win tickets with this link.

Young Dubliners
Agency

Saturday, September 23

Cohoes Music Hall

Young Dubliners

For more info, visit the Palace website. To win tickets, enter with this link

Trevor Noah at The Palace
Agency

Trevor Noah, star of Comedy Central's The Daily Show is coming to The Palace Theatre on December 9th at 7pm.

Tickets available online at LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com, the Box Office, or Charge By Phone at 1-800-745-3000.

10 String Symphony
WEXT

Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer, two 5-String fiddle players from Nashville have been making waves, both on their own and recently as 10 String Symphony. Christian plays with Jerry Douglas' band, and Rachel Baiman has her solo career, too. She released "Shame" to the world earlier this year. 

The Nell Robinson & Jim Nunnally Band
WEXT

Hillary Perkins, a.k.a. Nell Robinson met Jim Nunally at a jam. Pretty quickly, they realized they share musical thoughts. The two embarked on their next journey, which has resulted in a couple albums, a cool concept show, and the latest recording, "Baby, Let's Take The Long Way Home."

Nell and Jim have teamed up with Jon Arkin (percussion) and Jim Kerwin (bass) to form the band that stopped by our studios on Friday (9/15/17). 

Chris Wienk with Wanda Fischer of WAMC
WEXT

One of my favorite DJ's is Wanda Fischer. She has this way on the radio that makes you feel like you've been friends forever. She is a true treasure. So, when I heard that Wanda was about to celebrate her 35th year as our Saturday night companion on WAMC's Hudson River Sampler, I thought I had to get her over to talk about some of those memories and have her play some of her favorite songs.

Happy 35th anniversary, Wanda!

The Del McCoury Band
Artist

Chris Wienk caught up with the ever moving Del McCoury ahead of their appearance at the 2017 Freshgrass Festival (9/15-17/2017).

Del talks all about his life in music, playing with his sons in the band, David Grisman, and Bill Monroe.

See The Del McCoury Band and Del & Dawg at Freshgrass (9/15-17). For more information, visit the Mass MoCA website.

Bobby Long
Artist

A few years ago, we were introduced to Bobby Long. His bedroom recorded "Dirty Pond Songs" remains one of our favorite recordings. The raw, emotional set foretold the greatness that has followed. 

As we get ready for new music from Bobby, we are excited for his Caffe Lena debut. 

Saturday, September 30

wsg Brian Dunne

For more information and tickets, visit the Caffe Lena website

Rodriguez
Artist

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Presents

Rodriguez

Monday, September 25, 2017, 7:30 PM

Josh Ritter
Artist

Since our beginning, Josh Ritter has been one of our favorite artists. We have loved watching and listening to him grow as a person and as an artist.  With each new album, we continue to become more and more fond of the young man from Moscow, Idaho.

On September 22nd, Josh releases his latest called "Gathering."  All day long, we'll be featuring tracks from the record, and then at 8pm, hear the entire album from start to finish.

Edison
WEXT

The Colorado trio known as Edison dropped by to talk about and play songs from their new album, "Familiar Spirit."  

Here the full audio of the session and below find the videos made at the session.

Richard Barone at Caffe Lena
Carolyn/Caffe Lena

The day of the total eclipse, a sunny day in Saratoga Springs - at Caffe Lena, Richard Barone and Chris Wienk sat down to record an interview and performance centered around Richard's latest album, "Sorrows & Promises."  Richard shines a light on the great folk scene of Greenwich Village in the 1960s.

Here's a way you can help out our friends down in Texas. Thanks for doing what you can. Thanks to all our music lovin' friends who care about our community, and our world.

Roomful of Teeth
Artist

August 26, 8pm
Mass MoCA

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