WDST will broadcast Woodstock festival in real time this weekend

(Photo by James M. Shelley)

It has been a tumultuous 50th anniversary for the cultural landmark that is the Woodstock Festival. The date is now upon us and the picture has settled: It’s sold out Ringo, Santana and Fogerty shows at the original site in Bethel and a Balkanized spate of micro-observations elsewhere. Right in Woodstock, however, Radio Woodstock has ambitious plans for the weekend. WDST is famous as one of the pioneers of independent radio and the adult alternative format in particular. But that very independence is what allows the station to shift gears when required. On the weekend of August 16 through 18, Radio Woodstock is all about Yasgur’s Farm.

Starting at 5:07 p.m. on Friday, August 16 with Richie Havens and ending Monday morning with Jimi Hendrix, Radio Woodstock will play the entire recently released Rhino Records 38-disc, 432-tracked box set that includes a near-complete reconstruction of Woodstock across nearly 36 hours, with every performance from the festival included in chronological order. “Radio Woodstock has been the torchbearer for the values that the Woodstock Festival brought to the world 50 years ago,” says Gary Chetkof, principal owner of Radio Woodstock for more than 26 years. “As an independent radio station, we are free to break programming rules and free to turn down commercial and political advertising that does not represent the values of peace, inclusiveness, global awareness and tolerance. We are thrilled to offer our listeners the ability to experience the music and the sounds from Yasgur’s Farm in Bethel, New York in 1969, and hope the power of the music that inspired a half a million people will continue to inspire a new generation.”

Also, on Saturday, August 17, Radio Woodstock will continue to spread the spirit born out of the 1969 Festival with a free outdoor concert from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Utopia Soundstage, featuring local favorites the Rock Academy, Professor Louie and the Crowmatix, Murali Coryell and other special guests. Radio Woodstock is available at 100.1 FM in the Hudson Valley, online at www.radiowoodstock.com and on mobile devices via the iHeartMedia player throughout the world.