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City of license Amsterdam, New York
Broadcast area Albany, New York
Branding Exit 97.7
Frequency 97.7 MHz
First air date July 16, 1979 (as WMVL)
Format Alternative rock
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 / 42.98472°N 74.18028°W / 42.98472; -74.18028
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

WEXT (97.7 FM) is a radio station broadcasting an adult album alternative format.[1] Licensed to Amsterdam, New York, USA, the station serves Albany, New York.[2] The station is currently owned by WMHT Educational Telecommunications and features programing from American Public Media, National Public Radio and Public Radio International. WEXT began operations as WCSS-FM in 1975 airing a Top 40/Oldies format. By 1980, the call letters had changed to WMVQ, which now programmed an MOR format. In 1984, WMVQ changed formats to Soft Rock. In late 1988, the format was changed to Oldies, and the call letters to WKOL-FM, which was known as "Cool". That format lasted for about a year until it was flipped to Adult contemporary in late 1989. That lasted until late 1994, when the station flipped to Classical as WBKK on Christmas Day. That format lasted for over twelve years, until the flip to AAA on July 7, 2007, as WEXT. [3]


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."


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