WITH 90.1 FM

Michael Black

Radio Program Manager

I was born in Fairmont, West Virginia, and grew up mostly in and around the Rochester area. I got my radio start at WBKT at Brockport High school as a sophomore, and was its station manager in my senior year in high school. I had caught the radio & TV bug. While in high school, I started working for the local commercial station in town (WWBK/WJBT). While attending SUNY Brockport, I helped build WBSU-FM, and started as an intern for WXXI-TV. I started working for WXXI in the broadcast operations area, and eventually became an online television editor. In 1985, I took a position at WHYY in Philadelphia in their engineering department, working primarily as a video editor, but also provided audio support for TV productions and for some radio productions, including NPR's Fresh Air.

In 1988, I took a position at Hobart & William Smith Colleges as station manager for WEOS, and transformed the station into a public radio service serving the Finger Lakes, including laying the ground work for WITH in Ithaca, which is on the air today. This included expanding coverage area, and increasing local programming that in some cases, went national. A lot of students I worked with have gone into the broadcast industry, including Jonas Schwartz, Chris Carlin, Josh Horowitz, and Dana Glaser, to name a few. I even dabbled in on air play-by-play sports, garnering a Media person of the year award from the USILA for lacrosse broadcasts.

In 2007, I rejoined WXXI as the radio program manager, to oversee WXXI-AM and WRUR, and work on new projects, which now include our partnership with HWS with WEOS and helping to launch WITH in Ithaca. I have a passion for public media and new music, and strive to continue to grow public media.

I have a passion for micro brews, and really enjoy sampling great beers. I also am a chili-head! Bring the heat!

Gaelynn Lea performed a great concert in Fariport and Ithaca, and you can stream the album this week. .

WITH will air a special edition of Rootabaga Boogie hosted by Tracey Craig on Monday September 10 at Noon. Due to a technical issue, the entire program did not air yesterday, so we invite listeners to enjoy the program durin lunch time on Monday. Tune in right after Open Tunings, Monday at Noon, on WITH.

Tune in for this live broadcast from the Memorial Art Gallery’s Clothesline Arts Festival, or stop by and see us there!  Saturday, September 8th from 10 AM to Noon on Different Radio, WRUR. Scott Regan will be broadcasting his Open Tunings Saturday program, and will be joined by Maureen Rich, host of Road to Joy, and Mike Murray of Whole Lotta' Shakin', as well as other guests. Join us for great art and music at this year's Clothesline Arts Festival. The program will also air live on WITH, 90.1FM in Ithaca.

On Friday, September 21, Different Radio will sponsor a Tiny Desk Favorites Concert at Three Heads Brewing Beer Garden (186 Atlantic Avenue, Rochester), with  Susanna Rose, Seth Faergolzia and Friends, and The Mighty High and Dry. All three bands were favorites from NPR Music in conjuntion with their Tiny Desk Contest.

Once again, Different Radio, WRUR & WITH, will air concert sets from this year's Newport Folk Festival. A great lineup will be featured starting at 6PM on Labor Day. Here is the lineup, with the aproxmiate times:

6:00 PM           Darlingside

6:41 PM            Brandi Carlile

7:44 PM           Lucius

8:43 PM          Margo Price

9:26 PM          Fantastic Negrito

10:17 PM         Glen Hansard

11:22 PM         The Lone Bellow

12:16 AM         Toots & the Maytals

1:13 AM           Khruangbin

Live coverage video on wrur.org   

Detroit will celebrate the life of Aretha Franklin on Friday, August 31st at 10 a.m. EST. Over two dozen people -- including heads of state, a record mogul, and music legends of nearly every description -- will take the stage of the Greater Grace Temple to speak, sing and pray in honor of the gift that Franklin so readily shared with the world.

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The World Cafe has produced a remembrance of Aretha Franklin's music and amazing life. WITH will air this special today at 2PM. 

Rochester's Mikaela Davis comes home for a show and CD release party at Abilene Saturday 8/11 before heading to Europe. She will be showcasing her new album "Delivery". She will join Scott in the studio for an interview and live music Saturday Morning beginning at 10AM.

Different Radio will once again be live at the Grassroots Festival this Friday morning beginning at 9:00 during Open Tunings with Scott Regan. Scott will interview artists in this year's festival, and will include some live performances from the festival site. 

This year's GrassRoots Festival begins Thursday, July 19th and runs through the weekend, with many favorites and special guests, including host Donna the Buffalo, Patty Griffin, Toots & the Maytals, The Wood Brothers, Valerie June, Jim Lauderdale, Keith Frank & Soileau Zydeco, The Campbell Brothers, Driftwood, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Sim Redmond Band, and Big Mean Sound Machine will perform, just to name a few. Here is the complete lineup.

Join us Friday morning beginning at 9:00 for Open Tunings, live from GrassRoots 2018 on Different Radio.

Beatles documentarian Paul Ingles is joined by two super Beatles fans to provide an annotated tour through The Beatles chart-topping album, released 50 years ago, MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR.  Musician Rob Martinez and Beatles lecturer Scott Freiman offer historical background, personal stories and their informed opinions on each track from the 1967 album that spent 8 weeks in the number one slot on U.S. album charts in 1968. The program airs this Thursday at Noon and again at 6PM on WITH. 

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