Andy Gregory Hosts WEXT-FM’s New “Local 518 Show”

September 4th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg
Andy Gregory hosts WEXT's Local 518 Show on Thursday evenings

Andy Gregory hosts WEXT’s “Local 518 Show” on Thursday nights

WEXT-FM debuts its new weekly “Local 518 Show” at 11pm tonight (Thursday (September 4) with new host Andrew Gregory. The show is also re-broadcast at 6pm on Saturday.

WEXT program director Chris Wienk says, “We have been impressed with how dedicated Andy is to the Local 518 music scene, and in fact, to the musicians themselves. When we started the search it became obvious our choice had to be Andy.”

Gregory – who has been a contributor to the CRUMBS Local Music Blog, CRUMBS Cafe and – says of his new role as “The Local 518 Show” host, “My favorite part is that it allows me to be able to help, in some small way, local bands, artists and singer-songwriters to achieve success in what they love to do. Whether making the big time or just having music as a successful career choice. Also, the camaraderie can be a lot of fun.”

Gregory joins the ranks of other contributors who have taken to the airwaves. J Hunter hosts “Jazz2K: The Radio Show,” a two-hour sampler of 21st-century jazz, that airs at 6pm Tuesdays on 91.1 WSPN in Saratoga Springs, while Tim Livingston’s “Radio Warfare” pumps out two-and-a-half-hours of garage rock, power pop and shakin’ (not stirred) rock ‘n’ roll at 7pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month on WGXC-FM (90.7FM) from Hudson.


Random Observations on WEXT-FM’s List of Best 500 Bands

December 23rd, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

WEXT: The 500 Best Bands of All-TimeYeah, WEXT-FM has been cranking out a lot of “Best of All-Time Lists” lately. Best Protest Songs, Best Bob Dylan Songs. Best Kinks Songs. Best Neil Young Songs. And on and on…

Of course, we realize that most of these lists are silly and totally subjective – basically just a premise to launch a good argument amongst listeners and to give us all something to bitch about. And that’s fine with us. But last week, our fave radio station aired its rankings of “The Best 500 Bands,” and – well, we just couldn’t hold our tongue any longer…

We don’t think that a spoiler alert is required if we reveal that the Beatles snagged the No. 1 top spot on the list, but as we looked down the rest of the list, we felt compelled to make a few random observations:

Kansas (#63) and Styx (#70) both ranked ahead of Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (#83).

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band ranked way down at #100? Really?

The Alan Parsons Project made the list (#134), but not the Blues Project.

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band (#159) outranked Manfred Mann (#214).

England Dan & John Ford Coley (#168) topped Little Feat (#185) and Prince & the Revolution (#195).

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You Can’t Buy These Tickets…

May 20th, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg

Yes, psychedelic pop-rockers Portugal. The Man are coming to Nippertown on Thursday (May 23) to play a couple of acoustic shows to preview their upcoming album, Evil Friends. Produced by Danger Mouse, the album is slated for release on Tuesday, June 4.

But you can’t buy tickets for the shows…

You can, however, win free tickets from local radio stations WEQX-FM and WEXT-FM.

On Thursday afternoon, the band will be playing a short (five songs or so) acoustic show at an undisclosed Albany location. The performance and chat with bandmembers will be recorded by WEXT-FM for later broadcast on their “Live @ EXT” radio show, and you can be in the audience if you snag tickets from WEXT-FM here.

Then at 7pm on Thursday at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen (formerly the Bayou Cafe) in Albany, Portugal. The Man will be playing an acoustic show sponsored by WEQX-FM. You can find out how to win free tickets by going to WEQX-FM’s website or listening to the station.

Oh, and by the way, WEXT-FM is also hosting another “Live @ EXT” show this week. The fab British folk-rock trio of sisters, the Staves, are headed into an undisclosed Albany location on Wednesday afternoon (May 22) in support of their newly released debut album, Dead & Born & Grown. Go here to enter to win tickets to this one…

And tell ’em Nippertown sent ya…

Five Firsts: Caroline MotherJudge

January 24th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
Caroline Motherjudge (photo by Gary Marron)

Caroline Motherjudge (photo by Gary Marron)

NAME: Caroline MotherJudge
BAND AFFILIATION: Host of “The Best Damn Open Mic EVER!”; owner-operator of North Albany Studios
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Flatt & Scruggs, vinyl, purchased at Woolworth’s 5 & 10 in the early ’70s. Around the same time I bought “The Candyman” by Sammy Davis, Jr. on 45rpm. Yes, that’s right. “The Candyman.” I think it was released in conjunction with the original “Willy Wonka” film, so that’s 1971.

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Win FREE TIX to WEXT’s Exit Dome V Concert on Saturday

January 24th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg
The City Never Sleeps

The City Never Sleeps

Last week we gave away a pair of free tix to WEXT’s big show on Saturday, and now we’re giving away another pair of FREE TIX!

It’s become one of the most prestigious music showcases in town.

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Win FREE TIX to Exit Dome V @ WMHT-TV Studios, 1/28/12

January 17th, 2012, 11:02 am by Greg


It’s become one of the most prestigious music showcases in town.

For the fifth time in as many years, WEXT-FM is throwing its support behind the local Nippertown music scene by hosting some of the best Local 518 bands in concert at the WMHT-TV studios in North Greenbush for a don’t-miss showcase dubbed the Exit Dome.

A benefit concert for WEXT, Exit Dome V will be taking place at 7:30pm on Saturday, January 28, and it features five great bands:

Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned
MaryLeigh & the Fauves
The City Never Sleeps
Rosary Beard

In addition, singer-songwriter M.R. Poulopoulos will playing in the lobby from 7-7:30pm and throughout the evening inbetween the mainstage acts.

Since going on air in 2007, WEXT has been a staunch supporter of the Local 518 music scene. Now it’s your turn to help support the radio station – and see a batch of the best bands around while you’re helping out a great local cultural arts resource.

A donation of $50 to the station gets you two tickets to Exit Dome V. Go here to purchase tix.

BUT WAIT… What’s this? FREE TICKETS? That’s right, we’re giving away a pair of FREE TIX to to Exit Dome V to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday. Enter today! And good luck! Winner has been notified, but you might want to stop back later this week for another try…

Best of 2011: WEXT’s Top 20 Local 518 Songs

January 5th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg

20. Tom McWatters’ “Built on the Backs of Slaves”
19. Hotels & Highways’ “Train Whistle”
18. John Scarpulla’s “Who We Are”
17. Bryan Thomas’ “Cake”
16. Pete Donnelly’s “Can’t Talk at All”
15. M.R. Poulopoulos’ “White Line”
14. Bear Grass’ “Small Feet”
13. Lucky Jukebox Brigade’s “Moroccan Fire Drill”
12. Bailiwick’s Static”
11. Sirsy’s “If She Knew What She Wants”

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WEXT’s Exit Dome 5 Bands Are Announced

December 5th, 2011, 10:00 am by Greg
Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned

Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned performing at The Putnam Den in August, 2011 (photo by Timothy Reidy)

The line-up for the fifth Exit Dome benefit concert for WEXT-FM has been announced. The concert – which is slated to take place at the WMHT-TV Studio in the Rensselaer Technology Park in North Greenbush on Saturday, January 28 – will once again feature a batch of some of the finest musicians of the Local 518.

Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned – who also played at the inaugural Exit Dome concert back in January 2009 – will headline the bash. Other featured bands on the bill for next month include MaryLeigh & the Fauves, the City Never Sleeps, MotherJudge and Rosary Beard.

M.R. Poulopoulos playing in the lobby prior to the start of the show, as well as in between the acts.

Doors open at 7pm, and the concert officially starts at 7:30pm.

Tix are currently available here – a pair of tix for each $50 donation to WEXT-FM.

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