Every Monday night our friends at WEXT do this thing called My Exit -- local listeners get to come into the station and program an hour of music. So we thought it'd be fun to find out a little bit about these people and why they picked the songs on their play list.
Here's tonight's person:
I'm Mark McGuire, sports columnist for the Albany Times Union. I'm a native Long Islander who moved to the Capital Region intending to stay a year or two. Two houses, two kids, one wife and 19 years later, I'm still here, having found that the area is a perfect place to live and raise a family.
When I'm not at some game, I enjoy coaching youth sports and playing golf -- poorly.
How would you describe your musical taste.
My tastes are eclectic -- you can find Johnny Cash and Green Day on my iPod -- but remain rooted in classic/hard rock (everything from the Grateful Dead to Led Zeppelin). The strangest thing for me is that my 13-year-old loves my music, a stark departure from the generational divide that music represented in my youth. Let's just say my parents were not fans of Iron Maiden.
Three songs from Mark's show:
``Liverpool 8,'' by Ringo Starr. This recent vintage single is Ringo's narrative of his early years with the Beatles, including their 1965 Shea concert that brought rock into the Stadium/Festival Age.
``The Saints Are Coming,'' by U2 & Green Day. Sports, pop culture and politics collide in this reworking of The Skids song that addresses the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The cut used is the live version played at the first event at the Louisiana Superdome after the natural/man-made disaster. Once in awhile music not only entertains, but informs.
You can hear Mark's My Exit show tonight at 8 at 97.7 or at exit977.org. Here's how to schedule your own My Exit show on WEXT.
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