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!

Ways To Connect

WRUR, Abilene, and Record Archive present singer-songwriter and guitarist JD McPherson on Tuesday, September 1 at the Harro East Ballroom. Doors open at 7 p.m. Music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at http://abilene.showare.com/

All Things Considered, NPR’s flagship evening drive-time show, is getting two additional weekday hosts – Ari Sharpiro and Kelly McEverns  and a new weekend host – Michele Martin. Together with current All Things Considered hosts Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish, the expanded host lineup helps NPR keep pace with the way audiences are consuming news in evening drive-time and opens new doors to audience growth.

Join as host David Dye serves up an eclectic mix of music from blues, rock, and world, to folk, and alternative country with live performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists. 

Today's Jazz Corner from Jeff Spevak and Scott Regan.

Today's Jazz Corner from Jeff Spevak and Scott Regan.

Today's Jazz Corner from Jeff Spevak and Scott Regan.

Today's Jazz Corner from Jeff Spevak and Scott Regan.

Today's Jazz Corner from Jeff Spevak and Scott Regan.

Today's Jazz Corner from Jeff Spevak and Scott Regan.

Get the inside scoop on the 2015 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival with Democrat and Chronicle music critic Jeff Spevak.

Every morning during the festival, Spevak will be joining Scott Regan on “Open Tunings” to run down the day’s best bets and the most intriguing artists. He’ll also throw in performance reviews and a few tips to make your trip to the festival a lot more fun. Listen to “Open Tunings” every morning at 10:30 on WRUR-FM 88.5 and look for Spevak at the D&C Digital Jazz Club, open in the festival merchandise tent every evening.

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