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!

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.
Copyright 2020 WXXI News.

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. 

Different Radio is attending the NonCommvention at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia and you can join in the music discovery by watching the events on the VUHAus stream.

Here is Thursday's performance schedule:

Noon

J.S. Ondara

The National

Evening Showcase starts at 7 p.m.

Lula Wiles

Amanda Palmer

Christone “Kindfish” Ingram

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Orville Peck

Andrew Bird

Mattiel

KT Tunstall

The Tiny Desk Contest this year is now closed and we thank all the local artists who entered this year. We will have a complete list of local entrants sometime next week and a Tiny Desk Favorites concert sometime in the very near future. You can browse all entries here. Until the complete local list is available, here are a few of the local entrants:

Carole King's iconic career as a singer, songwriter, and pianist extraordinaire is celebrated with a two-hour special, Natural Woman, The Carole King Radio Special. The first hour looks at Carole King's early career when she wrote great hits for other artists - from her first songwriting hit in 1961 at aged 18 Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow to her huge hit for the Monkees Pleasant Valley Sunday.

Once again, Different Radio is partenering with NPRMusic for this year's Tiny Desk Contest!


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