Radio Woodstock 100.1 WDST, tagged “the coolest radio station on the planet” by its listeners and other members of the music-radio industry, is proud to be one of the remaining independently owned and locally operated radio stations in the country. Billboard Magazine has named Radio Woodstock 100.1 “Best Station” many times. The recipient of national and regional awards for its eclectic and innovative programming, Radio Woodstock 100.1 searches out and promotes the development of emerging artists, while still paying tribute to established talent whose music continues to stand the test of time...
On April 29, 1980, Radio Woodstock signed on the air! The original vision was to capture the eclectic nature of Woodstock with a varied format that included blocks of Folk, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Talk, Rock, and a heavy emphasis on local and regional news.
The simple description of Radio Woodstock in those days was “Public Radio with Commercials.” This commitment to quality and diversity got Radio Woodstock recognized by Billboard magazine as a “Station of the Year” three times!
As the radio industry evolved, so did Radio Woodstock. By the mid-80’s, the focus of the station turned to a progressive mix of rock music. When the record industry began to print the play lists of “Modern Rock” stations in the mid 1980’s, Radio Woodstock was among the first stations in the country to be included. In the early 1990’s, Radio Woodstock became one of the first Alternative radio stations in the country. By the late 1990’s, Radio Woodstock helped to invent the Triple A format (Adult Album Alternative) by having its eclectic rock programming aimed towards to an adult audience.
Throughout the 90’s and into the 21st Century, Radio Woodstock has remained true to its heritage by breaking the rules of conventional radio and remaining independently owned and operated. We are a unique radio station that plays "Great Classics, Great New Rock." No one tells us what to play. We are guided by our passion for music and we play the best music from the late 60’s Woodstock era, all the way to today. We take great pride and pleasure in discovering new, emerging artists and introducing them to our audience and juxapositioning them alongside great established artists and songs.
Radio Woodstock streams its programming on RadioWoodstock.com as well as CBS Radio's Radio.com (on computers and mobile devices). We are also the biggest concert promoter in the Hudson Valley – producing over 24 concerts a year (such as Govt Mule, Wallflowers,Rickie Lee Jones, Robert Randolph, Moe, Phish, Jayhawks, Waterboys, Martin Sexton, Spearhead, Guster, Aimee Mann, Stephen Stills, Natalie Merchant, Indigo Girls, and Hot Tuna, just to name a few).
We look forward to keeping the spirit of Woodstock alive and to providing our listeners with "Great Classics, Great New Rock" for many decades to come. After all, we have to live up to our reputation as “the coolest station on the planet!”
Gary Chetkof is the President and principal owner of CHET-5 Broadcasting LP, which owns and operates Radio Woodstock 100.1. Gary is also President of CHET-5 Productions, Inc., one of the largest concert promoters in the Hudson Valley area, and the producer of the annual Mountain Jam Festival at Hunter Mountain. Gary is also the Co-Founder, Chairman and President of the Woodstock Broadcasting Network Corporation, a company that owns numerous Woodstock trademarks and that broadcasts two online-only radio streams, Radio Woodstock 69 and Radio Woodstock Live.
Prior to forming CHET-5 Broadcasting, Gary was involved in the acquisition, merger and divestiture of over $1.8 billion dollars of radio broadcast properties. Gary was the Assistant General Counsel of the Sillerman Companies, a merchant-banking firm headed by SFX Entertainment Chairman, Robert F.X. Sillerman. Immediately prior to joining Sillerman, Gary served as an officer and general counsel to companies that owned major groups of broadcast stations, including Metropolitan Broadcasting, the purchaser of the Metromedia Radio Group.
In the mid-1980s, Gary was an Associate at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where he specialized in corporate and communications law. Mr. Chetkof received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University in 1982 and graduated from the American University Law School cum laude and with special honors in 1985.