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!

March is Women's History month, and Different Radio will air a series of specials focussing on some extraordinary women singers and singer-songwriters. Sunday Mornings from 10 am to noon, each week an artist will be featured, This week, March 17th,  Bonnie Raitt will be featured.. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and multiple Grammy-Award winner Bonnie Raitt is profiled in this two hour music and commentary special featuring an exclusive interview with Bonnie as well as comments from Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Maia Sharp, Freebo, Bill Payne, Ann Powers and more.

March is Women's History month, and Different Radio will air a series of specials focussing on some extroidnary women singers and singer-songwriters. Sunday Mornings from 10 am to noon, each week starting March 10, an artist will be featured, starting with Joni Mitchell. Joni Mitchell recently celebreated her 75th birthday and this special looks back on her career and her influence on the music industry. The Emergence of Joni Mitchell, this Sunday March 10th, 10 AM to Noon on Different Radio.

 The Albright-Knox Art Gallery announced that Death Cab for Cutie will headline the museum’s Rockin’ at the Knox 2019 concert on Sunday, June 16, with special guests Tank and the Bangas and Phosphorescent. Tickets will go on sale exclusively for Albright-Knox Members beginning Wednesday, February 27, at 10 am, through Friday, March 1, at 9 am. General admission tickets will go on sale Friday, March 1, at 10 am. Gates will open at 4 pm, and all tickets include entry to the museum from 4 to 7 pm.

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Listen in Tonight, Februrary 16th, at 9PM to The Grateful Dead Hour, as Bob Weir and the Wolf Brothers are featured from their performance at Syracuse's Landmark Theater from last November. Rochester's Mikaela Davis peforms with them! A review of that concert appeared on JamBase

Without gospel music there never would have been an Elvis Presley. There never would have been a Ray Charles, or a James Brown. From the mid-twentieth century on, gospel music not only thrived within a separate sphere as vital as the jazz, rock and rhythm and blues worlds; it also constantly intersected with the secular music industry, providing models that countless artists outside the church emulated.

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.

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