Arts

Burn The Stage book cover
Riverdale Avenue Books

The notion of unknowns doing what they had to do to become stars. It's as long as time.

New York Times best-selling author Marc Shapiro has been writing books on pop culture for many years. He's written about stars like Susan Sarandon, Adele, Santana, George Harrison, Justin Bieber, and now has written about BTS and the phenomenon called K-Pop.

Rebecca Loebe "Give Up Your Ghosts"
Artist

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.

Gospel Roots of Rock N Soul

Feb 5, 2019
McCrary Sisters
Denise Henhoeffer

WEXT Radio is pleased to broadcast a special four-part radio series, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul celebrating Black gospel music’s profound and under acknowledged influence on early rock and soul music. The series airs February 9th, 16th, 23rd and March 2nd at 6pm.

Serenity
Aviron Pictures

Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway reunite for larceny and mystery: Jay Bobbin reviews "Serenity."

Chuck Vosganian and Chris Wienk
WEXT

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.

2018 Year End Countdowns

Jan 2, 2019
Best of 2018
Agency

Each year since WEXT began, we’ve been able to continue to discover new music. Our year end countdowns are celebrating the yearlong journey of discovery. Like you, we may find fault with the positions the songs are placed in.  The lists are generated based on airplay and listener feedback.

We would love to know what you think. You can reach out by phone or email.

Top 97 of 2018 (pdf)

WEXT Radio at 97.7 and 106.1
WEXT

For Immediate Release - Friday, December 21, 2018 - TROY, NEW YORK

WMHT Public Media is thrilled to announce the signal expansion of its NPR AAA (Adult Album Alternative) radio station EXIT 97.7 WEXT with the addition of 106.1. WEXT Radio is now available on 106.1 in addition to 97.7 FM.

“WMHT and WEXT have a long tradition of celebrating and elevating arts and culture in our region,” WMHT President and CEO Robert Altman notes. “WEXT Radio is unique, eclectic, and a fierce supporter of our vibrant local 518 music scene.”

Alix Jones
WEXT

"Let's Celebrate" is the theme of the 23rd annual First Night Saratoga, Monday, December 31st from 6pm to midnight. Join over 15,000 revelers in downtown Saratoga Springs and take in over 70 exciting performances in 30 downtown venues!  

Santa Speedo Sprint Thirteen!

Nov 27, 2018
Santa Speedo Sprint
Agency

13 years going and stronger and bigger than ever!

The Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy (ASAP), in association with the Albany All-Star Roller Derby, is pleased to present Santa Speedo Sprint 13!

Net proceeds benefit the Albany Damien Center and the HIV/AIDS program at Albany Medical Center.

You may register on-line or in person. Only the first 175 people registered are guaranteed race t-shirts!  

First Night Saratoga 2019

Nov 27, 2018
First Night 2019
Agency

First Night Saratoga 2019: Let’s Celebrate!Monday, December 31st

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.

Thanksgiving on WEXT Radio

Nov 18, 2018
Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant album cover
Artist

Thanksgiving is known for its traditions.

For the past 11 years, WEXT's tradition is let loose Chris and Dave as they play Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant Massacree." Chris Shaw brings us a bit of an Adirondack Thanksgiving, too. And Michael Eck imagines a gathering for Thanksgiving at the Almanac House in NYC.  Listen for "Thanksgiving Pie" on Thanksgiving Day.

Laura Glazer & Melissa Mansfield
Melissa Mansfield

This weekend WEXT Sunday evening DJ Laura Glazer announced her radio show Hello Pretty City will conclude in early November. As a longtime listener and friend, I wanted to share a mix-tape to thank her for the last 16 years.

Track One: Put Your Records On

Farewell, Pretty City

Oct 21, 2018
Laura in studio
Caroline Corrigan

Hello Dear Friend,

 

 

It's not easy to tell you this, but after 16 years of being on the radio every week, the final Hello Pretty City radio show will be in early November.

 

It's not WEXT...they are deeply kind and would gladly keep Hello Pretty City on the air. 

 

Rather, it's me.

 

Tom Petty
Artist

A 4-CD set that features all 60 tracks, plus a 52-page booklet with rare and previously unseen photographs of Tom, his bandmates, family and friends. The booklet also features detailed track-by-track liner notes by noted journalist and Tom Petty aficionado Bud Scoppa, who drew upon his previous interviews with Tom and new conversations with Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench and Ryan Ulyate, as well as Adria and Dana Petty. 

Newport Folk Festival at The Fort
Newport Folk Festival

Each July, the migration of musicians and music lovers to Newport, RI occurs.  And for the past several years, WEXT with NPR Music, has provided you a chance to live (or re-live) the Festival in all its glory on Labor Day.

This year, we have sets from several Festival favorites, including Brandi Carlile, Toots & the Maytals, Darlingside, and Glen Hansard.

The tentative schedule is  below.  Have a fabulous and safe Labor Day!

9:00a - Khruangbin

9:45a - The Lone Bellow

10:40a - Glen Hansard

11:45a - Brandi Carlile

Art In The Park 2018

Aug 25, 2018
Art in the Park 2018
Agency

Saratoga Arts presents the 20th annual Art in the Park.  This juried, outdoor fine arts exhibit takes place in Saratoga Springs' historic Congress Park. 

Fine Art. Local 518 Music. Great Food. 

Saturday, September 22, from 10a until 4p**

Fine Art features photography, printmaking, painting, ceramics, fine art jewelry, and more. 

Music starts at 1pm.

1p - Mike Grutka

2p - Sam Reed

Saratoga County Fair
Agency

Live music nightly, rides, rodeos and fun!  It all happens during the 177th anniversary of the Saratoga County Fair July 24th through the 29th.

The fair is open each day from 9a to 12midnight. Get to the Saratoga County Fair website for more information.

Brandi Carlile Day on WEXT

Apr 29, 2018
Brandi Carlile at The Palace Theatre - May 6th, 2018
Agency

Get ready for Brandi Carlile Day - May 6th on WEXT!

We are playing sets each hour.  Hear three of her albums in their entirety.

12n - The Story

2p - The Firewatcher's Daughter

6p - By The Way, I Forgive You

Battenkill Runs Through It River Festival
Battenkill Conservancy

Leap into summer Saturday, May 26th at the Battenkill Conservancy's 8th Annual Battenkill Runs Through It River Festival!

Raising Arizona at The Linda
The Linda

Join our friends at The Linda for the first in a series of 6 Coen Brothers films presented the second Tuesday of each month for the next 6 months with “Raising Arizona," including opening commentary and post film trivia from The Linda's resident film connoisseur Cole Mead. 

For more information, visit The Linda's website.

Saratoga Arts

New Year's Eve is quickly approaching and there's no better way to ring in the new year than with a 5k, live entertainment, hot cocoa and fireworks!  

Who? What? When? Where?  ... Why?  Why not!  Dave Michaels talks with First Night Director Alix Jones from Saratoga Arts about all there is to see and do in downtown Saratoga Springs on New Year's Eve!  

First Night Saratoga 2018!

Dec 8, 2017
Sawyer Fredericks
WEXT

Join us December 31st at the Saratoga Springs City Center with Saratoga Arts!

The WEXT stage features the Shane Guerrette Band and Sydney Worthley, who are both currently dominating the Local 518 playlist with their hip brands of pop and soul.  At the end of the evening, Sawyer Fredericks, the 2015 winner of “The Voice”, returns form his national tour to perform for his local fans!

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.

 

Saratoga Arts
Agency

The Official Button Stuffing event is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14.  Be in touch with Saratoga Arts at the web link below to help out.

CALL TO VOLUNTEERS

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!

Art In the Park 2017
Agency

Art in the Park is a day of fine art in Saratoga Springs' historic downtown Congress Park, curated and presented by Saratoga Arts. The xhibition features artists from the greater Saratoga and Capital regions, displaying and selling their original two- and three-dimensional creations and personally-designed and crafted functional art in a beautiful park setting.

Join us Saturday, September 16th in Congress Park in Saratoga Springs. 

MAD Collar Party
Agency

MAD Collar PartySaturday, August 5that Collar Works + The Hangar on the Hudson - Troy, NY Join Collar Works for the inaugural MAD Collar Party! They’re bringing the outdoors indoors for this mid-summer party with great music, tailgating flair and time-honored backyard happenings! Tasty food, great people, and creative energy all come together to help raise some mad cash for a stellar cause! Start the evening at Collar Works and then head to the Hangar on the Hudson, a short walk up the street, for our After Party benefit concert!

David Sedaris
Artist

Sunday, August 20, 2017 Lenox, MA – Tanglewood – Performance Center Koussevitzky Music Shed

8PM – Evening reading and book signing.

The Infamous Stringdusters
WEXT

Tabitha from Bluegrass Around the Bend is out at Grey Fox Bluegrass this weekend, and everyone had a great time last night with Del McCoury, The Infamous Stringdusters, and so much more.  The festival continues through Sunday down in Oak Hill.  Tabitha sent back a report from the campground at Grey Fox to let us know about tonight and tomorrow.

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