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!

Nicer weather means great music in Ithaca, and this year, the Summer Concert Series is back Live and in person, staring July 8th. Every Thursday night through September 9th on the Commons. 

 

Over the past six years, nearly 30,000 musicians have entered NPR's annual Tiny Desk Contest in the hopes of being chosen to perform as part of NPR Music's signature music discovery series. Now, NPR is once again calling for bands and musicians to submit a video. Contest winners have gone on to tour the world, sign with major labels, open for legendary performers and even receive Grammy awards.

The opportunity to make your dream to perform at the iconic Tiny Desk come true is here: NPR wants to hear from you! The Tiny Desk Contest is back and it will be more fun than ever before with brand-new virtual events including the Tiny Desk Contest Family Hour, a Tiny Desk Trivia Night and the return of the Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf video series.

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.

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