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!

Led Zeppelin has partnered with YouTube for an exclusive streaming event of Celebration Day, the concert film chronicling the band’s historic live performance from the 2007 tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. Celebration Day will be streamed in its entirely for three days only on the official Led Zeppelin YouTube channel, premiering this Saturday, May 30, at 3PM ET. You can watch it here:

Music lovers are invited to celebrate the songs of John Prine with a very special LiveStream Tribute concert produced by The State Theatre of Ithaca and DSP Shows.

Devin Peddie

Saturday night, APM's Live From Here, starring Chris Thile, airs on WITH at 6PM. This variety show features a unique blend of musical performances, comedy and audience interaction. Acclaimed musician and songwriter Chris Thile welcomes a wide range of well-known and up-and-coming talent to share the stage and create a beautiful listening experience. Thile is a MacArthur Genius Grant winner and Mandolin master.

The 30th Annual Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival scheduled for this July is postponed until next year. From their website: "Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will postpone the 30th Anniversary Celebration until July 22-25, 2021. Culture Camp is also postponed until July 18-21, 2021. The health and safety of everyone (performers, music lovers, vendors & staff) is our primary consideration and supersedes everything else.

Join Different Radio and NPR Music as we celebrate Public Radio Music Day. Tonight, singer-songwriter Steve Earle will perform in a live concert from his living room in Nashville starting at 7 PM. You can watch it online here  https://livesessions.npr.org/live/steve-earle

We lost two musical giants this week: Bill Withers and John Prine. In this radio hour, Death, Sex & Money host Anna Sale shares her conversations with these two songwriters -- interviews that are filled with wisdom, beauty, and, of course, irreverent humor and music. The show airs Monday at 7PM on Different Radio.
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With the current social distancing recommendations extending past our original festival date, The Ithaca Festival of the Arts will be moving to our new date August 27-30th, 2020. The Ithaca Festival Board of Directors and the Executive Director are committed to doing a festival in 2020 as long as it becomes safe to do so.   

Raina Douris
Photo by Britney Townsend

WXPN, the member-supported public radio station of the University of Pennsylvania and producer of the NPR-distributed daily music program World Cafe, today announced that Raina Douris will become the new host of World Cafe starting on October 7.

Different Radio will once again be live at the Grassroots Festival this Friday morning beginning at 9:00 during Open Tunings with Scott Regan.

This Sunday at 11AM, Rolling Hills Radio will present a reprise of an episode recorded in January of 2016 featuring John & Joe Dady. Joe Dady passed away last week at the age of 61 and was a a key figure in Rochester’s Irish and American Roots Music scene. The program will air this Sunday at 11AM on WRUR 88.5FM in Rochester and WITH 90.1FM in Ithaca. 

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