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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Live from World Cafe Live
11:49 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Selwyn Birchwood Live from World Cafe Live 08/22 @Noon

Selwyn Birchwood

Join us this Friday at Noon as Selwyn Birchwood performs a live midday concert on Different Radio.

You may have seen him at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and Friday, we get a case of the blues this as Selwyn Birchwood takes the stage in this week's  concert from World Cafe Live. The 29-year old Floridian is currently promoting his latest release, Don't Call No Ambulance. It's his second album since his 2011 debut, FL Boy. 

Recent Release: Don't Call No Ambulance
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Label: Alligator Records

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Live from World Cafe Live
4:53 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

SOJA Live from World Cafe Live 08/15 @Noon

SOJA

Join us Friday at Noon for Live from World Cafe Live as Soja performs a live midday concert. Seasoned 

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Live from World Cafe Live
4:28 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

JD McPherson Live from World Cafe Live 08/08 @ Noon

JD McPherson
Credit Samantha Franklin

Rockabilly specialist J.D. McPherson will grace the stage for this week's edition of Live from World Cafe Live, making 

  for a swinging midday dance party! The Oklahoma native released his album Signs and Signifiers in 2012 and is currently on tour, gearing up for the release of his sophomore album next year. 

 

Recent Release: Signs & Signifiers
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Label: Rounder

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Live from World Cafe Live
9:29 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Trigger Happy Live from World Cafe Live August 1st @Noon

Trigger Happy (featuring Joan Osborne, Jackie Green & Steve Gorman)

Trigger Hippy is a roots rock powerhouse formed in 2009, whose prominent members include guitarist 

  Jackie Greene and drummer Steve Gorman of The Black Crowes, along with longtime singer/songwriter Joan Osbourne. The band joins us for a live midday concert on Friday, August 1st. So far, Trigger Hippy has only released one self-titled EP - four songs of blistering, blues-infused rock and roll – along with a live album recorded at the 2012 Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Florida. But they have plans to release a new album soon later this year.

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Newport Folk Festival
9:19 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Ryan Adams Live webcast Friday @ 6PM

Ryan Adams
Credit Julia Brokaw

 Ryan Adams used to be the picture of ramshackle prolificacy — a man with Prince's desire to flood the market with product, not to mention an equally slippery grip on the quality-control lever. But Adams has   calmed down dramatically in recent years, for reasons ranging from a stabler personal life to his battles with Ménière's disease, which attacks the inner ear and affects hearing and balance. In September, the former Whiskeytown singer returns with his self-titled 14th studio album, which comes out nearly three years after his lightly brooding Ashes & Fire.

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Open Tunings Live at GrassRoots
10:29 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Live Broadcast from GrassRoots, Friday July 18th

FInger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance

Different Radio will be at GrassRoots this Friday for a special edition of Open Tunings. Join Scott Regan and Tracey Craig, host of Rootabaga Boogie, broadcasting live from the festival, starting at 10 AM. During the broadcast, scheduled to appear on the program are Richie & Rosie, James Leva, Driftwood, Lake Street Dive, and Jim Lauderdale. Tune in live for this special broadcast on Friday, or stop by our location on the track near the Infield Stage. 

  

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Live from World Cafe Live
11:52 am
Fri July 11, 2014

The Bacon Brothers Live from World Cafe Live July 11th @Noon

The Bacon Brothers

When Kevin Bacon isn't busy starring in legendary movies like Mystic River or Apollo 13, he's playing in his folk 

  rock band, The Bacon Brothers, with his brother, Michael Bacon. The Philadelphia-born duo released their first album, Forosoco, in 1997, and have released six more albums since, including a live performance at the John Harm's Center for the Arts in Englewood, New Jersey back in 2003, and a greatest hits album called Philadelphia Road - The Best of the Bacon Brothers. Catch them Friday afternoon, July 11th, when they perform as a part of Live from World Cafe Live. 

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Live from World Cafe Live
10:48 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Strand of Oaks Live from World Cafe Live June 27th @Noon

Strand of Oaks

Join us this Friday at Noon as Strand Of Oaks performs our weekly Live from World Cafe Live 

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Live from World Cafe Live
10:45 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Jungle Live from World Cafe Live June 20th @Noon

Jungle

Join us this Friday at noon for our next Live From World Cafe Live concert, as Jungle performs. The band 

  began making a buzz in the British music press last fall, and with their infectious blend of soul-laced R&B and dance music, it won't be long until they’re more widely recognized. Their self-titled debut album comes out July 15, and you’ll be able to hear them play music from it by joining us for this live concert.    

Release: Jungle
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Label: XL Recordings

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Live from World Cafe Live
3:48 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

David Gray Live from World Cafe Live June 13th @Noon

David Gray

This week's Live From World Cafe Live features David Gray, who will perform to a Sold Out crowd at noon on Friday.
David Gray comes back to town in support of his new album, Mutineers, the latest in a long list of consistently great

   music released by Gray, whose first album, A Century Ends, was released in 1993. Since then, the past 21 years have been a whirlwind for UK-born Gray, releasing new music and touring virtually nonstop. He's amassed 10 albums of fantastic music – including 1998’s White Ladder and it’s hit single “Babylon." 

 

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