It’s Local 518 Thursday on WEXT! September 21st

It’s Local 518 Thursday! At 9:00 p.m. (New, earlier time! Ed.), tune in to WEXT Radio at 97.7 and 106.1 FM, at 89.1’s HD2 station, via online stream at or by using the free app for iOS and Android devices. You can also ask Siri and Alexa to “play WEXT Radio” too!

Within the playlist below, click on the artist, band, or song featured on the WEXT Radio Local 518 Show to learn more about them and support them by listening to & purchasing the songs. Did you miss the show? Listen to it and previous ones on the WEXT Radio Local 518 Show webpage. Have music you want us to hear? Submission guidelines can be found at the webpage link, too. Send us stuff!

Tonight at 9:00 p.m., there are feelings and issues to hear about from familiar names & discoveries…
SIRSY – “Seven Seas
Jenny Marie – “Surfaces
simplemachine – “Ingloria
Angelina Valente – “Tell Me Again
A Brave Face – “Running Away From Here
Brent Gorton – “Don’t Fall In Love Too Soon
Justin Matthews (aka fruit clinic) – “Sweet!

WEXT Radio is your original home for the Local 518

The Attic Classic: In the late 1950s, Mercury Records introduced the voice of 1954 Albany High graduate Fred Bassler. Performing under the name of FRED MacKENZIE, he had gained a following in the Lake George area before relocating to Florida, appearing in several hotels and supper clubs. He even appeared coast-to-coast on the Lawrence Welk television show in 1956.

Mercury released two singles by MacKenzie before moving on to other artists. The Attic Classic is “Pages Of My Scrapbook” from his second single, which came out in 1957.

Fred’s appearance on the 1956 “Lawrence Welk’s Top Tunes and New Talent” show was brought about by former middleweight boxing champ Jake LaMotta. Here’s a part of that show, starting at 40:30:

From November 1956: Jake LaMotta turns impresario to introduce the young singer-guitarist Fred MacKenzie to Lawrence Welk.

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