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 craft beers, and actively support the local brewing community. I also am a chili-head! Bring the heat!

Ways to Connect

API TEST

Jun 6, 2016

TEST OF API FOR WRUR

Song of the Day

May 25, 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016:

A Vintage Cafe that looks back to a 2012 session with Brian Eno. Plus, the Nashville Sessions hosted by Ann Powers continue with singer-songwriter Brent Cobb. 

 

We had a chance to sit down with Carla Bartow, who won our contest for the design of the WRUR Record Store Day Tote Bag, and we wanted you to meet the artist, too. Remember, you can get your limited edition WRUR Record Store Tote Bag at House of Guitars, Record Archive, Needledrop, Bop Shop Record Exchange and Lakeshore Record Exchange this Saturday, April 16th, while supplies last! #WRURtagyourtote

What was the inspiration behind your winning design for the WRUR tote bag?

Show us why you should perform in NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series!

True to its spirit of music discovery, NPR Music is kicking off 2016 with an invite to unsigned artists of all genres: Show us why you should perform in NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series. The winner will secure a spot at the iconic performance space and a U.S. tour with NPR Music. 

  Be sure to tune in on Thanksgiving morning for Open Tunings Thanksgiving with Scott Regan. A tradition on Different Radio.

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 McEvers  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. 

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