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!

Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was is the story of radio’s role in the 20th century transformation of the African American community. First aired in 1996, the specials have been reformatted into six hours for 2021. Original host Lou Rawls guides us, with new narration from original producer Jacquie Gales Webb.

Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms & the Music of New Orleans is a three hour documentary hosted by Haitian-American and New Orleans based artist and musician, Leyla McCalla, a founding member of Our Native Daughters & alumna of the GRAMMY award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops. Leyla’s work unearthing history and musical tradition, combined with her knowledge of cultural hybridization and her own identity as a Haitian-American have given her a unique voice and perspective.

While there is no Newport Folk Festival this year,  starting at 11AM, out second day will air live performances recorded through the decades at Newport, from John Prine to Sharon Jones. The lineup is posted, with the times aproximate.... Not to be missed! Tune in to WITH all weekend long for Newport Folk Revival Radio!

It starts today! While there is no Newport Folk Festival this year,  starting at 11AM for the next three days, you will here live performances recorded through the decades at Newport, from Joni Mitchell to Courtney Barnett. The lineup is posted, with the times aproximate....Hint: Make sure you listend to the Surprise Guest sets, as you will here Joni, Dylan going electric, and so many other Gems. Not to be missed! Tune in to WITH all weekend long for Newport Folk Revival Radio!

There is no Newport Folk Festival this year, due to the worldwide pandemic. However, there will be a virtual festival on the radio! Starting Friday morning at 11AM, you will here live performances recorded through the decades at Newport, from Joni Mitchell to Courtney Barnett. A complete schedule will be posted each day so you can catch your favorites. Tune in to WITH all weekend long for Newport Folk Revival Radio!

After three months on hiatus, due to the COVID19 pandemic, Rejuvenation with Scott Wallace is back Friday nights at 6PM on Different Radio, WRUR and WITH. The three hour weekly program featuring R&B, soul, and funk has been a staple on Different Radio, and has been missed by our audience. In the interim, a program from our colleagues at WWOZ has been airing and we are grateful for their assistance to keep the music playing. 

This year's Ithaca Festival, originally postponed until August, has been cancelled this year, due to COVID-19 concerns. Here is the release from the organization:  It is with great sadness that we have to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Ithaca Festival. Responding to the current uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic and mass gatherings in New York State, we have had to make this very difficult decision. The Ithaca Festival will return in 2021 as a celebration of all that is Ithaca and the best of our community and artists.

In 2017, Rhiannon Giddens  stopped by the World Cafe with her album, Freedom Highway.  On that record, she went straight to the darkest parts of history, speaking for those whose voices have often being silenced – from slaves, to the people of the civil rights movement, to contemporary victims of racism. We revisit that session again, on the next World Cafe.  

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.

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