INTERVIEW: Chris Wienk of Exit 97.7 FM

October 8th, 2009, 11:12 am by Greg


On July 7, 2007, a new radio station took to the airwaves. From the very beginning, WEXT FM – otherwise known as Exit 97.7 – has offered a dizzyingly eclectic variety of music and staunch support of the local Nippertown music scene.

With the station’s second big fund-raising concert slated to take place on Friday, October 23 at “the Exit Dome” – actually the WMHT-TV studios in the Rensselaer Technology Park – we decided to find out more about Chris Wienk. Not only is he the man behind the microphone during the station’s afternoon broadcasts, but Wienk is also the driving force behind the whole radio station:

Q: How did you first get started in radio?
A: I was 13 years old and basically repeated everything the booth announcers on TV used to do (they used to do those between program announcements live!). That lead to me making music playlists, and recording radio shows on a portable cassette player.

They were hideous! But they were fun. I went to Buffalo State College and helped put one of the coolest radio stations ever on the air. It was an AM carrier current station at 620, heard only on campus. We brought the Buffalo area a new FM station, resurrecting the call letters WBNY.

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Jug Stompers On the Air

September 30th, 2009, 9:53 am by Greg


Ramblin Jug Stompers are mounting a radio blitz for their upcoming new CD, “Hobo Nickel,” and their album release party at The Linda in Albany at 8pm Friday.

Wild Bill and Mister Eck of Ramblin Jug Stompers join host Sarah LaDuke in the WAMC studio for “Performance Place” at 11:30am today (Wednesday) to chat about their new album, “Hobo Nickel,” and to offer a sneak preview of several of the songs from the CD. Tune in to 90.3 FM or log on to stream live.

Wild Bill will also be sitting in as special guest with host Jimmy Barrett on his wildly eclectic “Kaleidoscope” at 9-11am Friday, October 2 on WVCR-FM (aka, The Saint 88.3 FM), spinning his fave selections from the new disc.

And the fine folks over WEXT FM (aka, The Exit at 97.7 FM) will be featuring a whole mess of tunes from “Hobo Nickel” all day long on Friday, as Mister Eck and Wild Bill practically hijack the station and force them to broadcast interludes of “Hobo Nickel Radio” throughout the day. Listen for CD giveaways, too.

Don’t forget that you can win an autographed copy of Ramblin Jug Stompers’ “Hobo Nickel” right here at simply by sending your name, e-mail address and mailing address to:

Please, only one entry per person. Deadline for all entries is 12noon on Friday, October 2. One entry will be chosen at random as grand prize winner and will be annnounced right here on on Friday afternoon.

Photograph by Avalon Peacock

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