Michael Black

Radio Program Manager

I was born in Fairmont, WV, 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 progamming 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 joined 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.

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Music
12:43 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters Live this Sunday!

Robert Plant
Credit Ed Miles courtesy of the Artist

Join NPR Music at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 28, for a live video webcast featuring rock 'n' roll 

  legend Robert Plant and his band. We'll webcast the show from the Nonesuch At BAM music festival in Brooklyn. The former Led Zeppelin singer released a new solo album, titled lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, earlier this month.

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Music
3:59 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Listen to the All Weather Lunch on WITH-FM

The All Weather Lunch can still be heard on WITH-FM, Ithaca, our sister station. You can listen to it on 90.1FM in the southern Finger Lakes area, or online here.

Programming Change
12:14 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Connections with Evan Dawson comes to WRUR starting Monday 9/8 at Noon

Connections with Evan Dawson

WRUR-FM 88.5 will begin airing the daily talk show, Connections with Evan Dawson, beginning Monday, September 8th from 12-2 p.m. Connections is produced by WXXI and is also available on AM 1370(Rochester),WEOS-FM (Geneva), as well as online at WXXI.org, WRUR.org and WEOS.org.

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The All Weather Lunch

The All Weather Lunch can still be heard on our sister station ,WITH, in Ithaca. There is a pop up player, as well as a MP3 and AAC Streams, as well as you can listen at 90.1FM on the radio in the Ithaca area. Here is the link to the streams and player.

First Listen Special Event
1:22 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

alt-j First Listen Tuesday 9/2 @ 9PM

alt-j
Credit Gabriel Green

This Is All Yours, in the U.S. on September 23rd, and they're coming to New York City to premiere the new material in an exclusive First Listen Live on Different Radio and NPR Music on September 2nd at 9pm.

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Live from World Cafe Live
1:03 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Spoon Live from World Cafe Live 09/01 @Noon

Spoon

Austin, Texas indie-rock five-piece Spoon is back from a few years of silence with its latest record, They Want My Soul, released earlier this month on Loma Vista records. 

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Special Program
5:10 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

The Beatles In America - 1964 Thursday@6PM

The Beatles In America - 1964

When The Beatles arrived in the United States in February of 1964, no one could have anticipated the tremendous impact the band would have on the development of American popular music and pop culture. Paul Ingles hosts The Beatles in America - 1964 

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Live from World Cafe Live
11:28 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Jukebox The Ghost Live from World Cafe Live 08/29 @Noon

Jukebox The Ghost

Join us for the weekly Live from World Cafe Live concert, as Jukebox The Ghost performs a live midday concert on Friday. The infectious pop-rock trio Jukebox The Ghost returns to our radio concert  stage this

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Live Music!
5:34 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Interpol First Listen

Interpol

You can listen and watch Interpol , as the New York band will play songs from its upcoming album, El Pintor, in public for the first time.

Watch/Listen to Interpol Live!

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