The Latin Alternative

Fridays 11pm

An hour of the best Latin Alternative rock, funk, hip-hop and more with Josh Norek and Ernesto Lechner.

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Josh Norek singing with The Figgs
Josh Norek

From the first moment I heard The Figgs in Albany during the summer of 1994, I knew they were my band.  I've loved their raucous brand of power pop and melodic rock ever since.  As an uber fan, I thought I'd see about formulating a special radio show to celebrate what was their 25th anniversary in 2015. (On that day that The Figgs were visiting me in Northern California, they also made me sing their classic "Bad Luck Sammie"in Spanish!! evidenced by the photo)

Have a listen to a piece of history from the Local 518.

Carlos Santana and Josh Norek
The Latin Alternative

In celebration of the new Santana album 'Africa Speaks,' WEXT's Josh Norek is joined by the legendary Carlos Santana for a special one hour takeover episode of The Latin Alternative. Santana tells us the story behind his new songs, classic hits, and working with producer Rick Rubin.

The Latin Alternative
Josh Norek/WEXT

"I remember at the time I was looking at a radio report and suddenly saw Manu Chao getting like 20 spins a week in Albany, NY. What is this? How is this possible?!"

That was 2009. WEXT was two years old. Slingerlands native Josh Norek was living in California and was Vice President of Nacional Records.  

Each week, Josh Norek and Ernesto Lechner bring us an hour of great Latin Alternative Music (Saturdays at 8pm) with The Latin Alternative.  Missed this past week's show? You can hear it online with the PRX player.

The Latin Alternative

This week we take the musical time machine back 20 years to 1996, an epic year for Latin Alternative music. Featured artists include Jaguares, Cafe Tacuba, Aterciopelados, King Changó, Delinquent Habits and Joe Arroyo.