WEXT

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WEXT
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City Amsterdam, New York
Broadcast area Albany, New York
Branding Exit 97.7
Frequency 97.7 MHz (also on HD Radio via WMHT-FM-HD2)
First air date July 16, 1979 (as WMVL)
Format Adult album alternative
ERP 1,600 watts
HAAT 190 meters (620 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 23457
Transmitter coordinates 42°59′5.00″N 74°10′49.00″W / 42.9847222°N 74.1802778°W / 42.9847222; -74.1802778
Callsign meaning EXiT 97.7
Former callsigns WCSS-FM (1975-1979) WMVQ (1979-1988)
WKOL-FM (1988-1994)
WBKK (1994-2007)
Affiliations National Public Radio, Public Radio International
Owner WMHT Educational Telecommunications
Sister stations WMHT-FM
Website exit977.org

WEXT (97.7 FM) is a radio station broadcasting an adult album alternative format.[1] Licensed to Amsterdam, New York, United States, the station serves Albany, New York.[2] The station is owned by WMHT Educational Telecommunications and features programming from American Public Media, National Public Radio and Public Radio International.

History[edit]

WEXT began operations as WCSS-FM in 1975, airing a top 40/oldies format. In 1979, the call letters changed to WMVQ, which now programmed a MOR format. In 1984, WMVQ changed formats to soft rock. In late 1988, the format was changed to oldies with the call letters WKOL-FM, which was known as Cool 97.7. In late 1989, the station flipped to adult contemporary.

On December 26, 1994, the station flipped to classical music as WBKK W-Bach after playing Christmas music under the AC format. As a commercial station, the station originally ran using the KDFC DAT service, switching to the now-defunct SW Classical network and eventually to a service provided by WCRB in Boston, Massachusetts.

On August 4, 2005, the station became a simulcast of WMHT-FM after GEM Associates sold the station to WMHT Educational Telecommunications for $1.5 million. In April 2006, WBKK split off from the simulcast of WMHT-FM with a classical music format carrying shorter pieces than its sister station.

On July 7, 2007, WMHT-FM dropped their classical service on WBKK and launched a new adult album alternative format under the Exit 97.7 branding and the WEXT calls. The station highlights a lot of local music, calling it "Local 518" (in reference to the station's area code). Featured programs include the children's rock and roll program called "The Peanut Butter Jam."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  2. ^ Furfaro, Danielle (2007-07-06). "'The Exit,' a new format for radio, emerges". Albany Times Union. 
  3. ^ "WEXT Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. 

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