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
3:12 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

David Uosikkinen's In The Pocket Live from World Cafe Live May 9th @Noon

David Uosikkinen's In The Pocket
Credit Dallyn Pavey/Dish Public Relations

Join us for our next Live from World Cafe Live, as David Uosikkinen's In The Pocket performs a live midday concert on Friday. The all-stars of David Uosikkinen's In the Pocket bring their Essential Songs of Philadelphia project to World Cafe Live this week for Free at Noon. 

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Live from World Cafe Live
7:46 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Rodney Crowell Live from World Cafe Live May 2nd @Noon

Famous country singer Rodney Crowell has still got it. Known for his work with Emmylou Harris and as a solo artist,

  Crowell made a name for himself beginning with his 1988 album Diamonds & Dirt and the five number-one hits it spawned. At 63, Crowell is still recording and releasing new material. His latest album, Tarpaper Sky, maintains a traditional country style while working in bluesy influences. It is part of our special double header concert this week with Nickel Creek. 
 

 

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Live from World Cafe Live
3:15 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Nickel Creek Live from World Cafe Live May 2nd @Noon

Nickel Creek

Bluegrass trio Nickel Creek have reunited and are celebrating with the release of A Dotted Line, the group’s first in about nine years. In 2003, Nickel Creek won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album for roots rock album This Side.

Though the group took a brief hiatus in 2007, it didn’t stop them from playing. Each member has adopted a successful solo career, but have since come back together.Rodney Crowell will make up the second part of this special double header concert! 

 

Recent Release: A Dotted Line
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Label: Nonesuch

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Live Concert
3:03 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Future Islands live from the 9:30 Club May 1st!

Future Islands
Credit Timothy Saccenti

Ever since a video of Future Islands' thrilling performance on The Late Show With David Letterman went viral in March, the band has become one of the year's most exciting live acts, largely for the memorable and inimitable

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Live from World Cafe Live
2:13 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Ani DiFranco Live from World Cafe Live 4/25 @ Noon

Ani DiFranco

Join us for our next Live from World Cafe Live, this time from the Queen in Wilmington, Delaware,  as Ani

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Live from World Cafe Live
9:24 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Black Lips Live from World Cafe Live 4/18 @ Noon

Black Lips
Credit Mick Rock

Atlanta-based rock band Black Lips released their latest album, Underneath the Rainbow, this March with a

   twist on their garage rock sound. With it being their ninth full-length, the band decided to focus its sound following 2011’s Arabia Mountain by working with a producer for the first time during their career. Even though the band is mixing things up a bit, they’re keeping to their raw, gritty roots. The Black Lips are also known for their signature intense live shows, so catch them this Friday at noon on Different Radio.

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Live from World Cafe Live
9:19 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Boy George Live from World Cafe Live 4/18 @ Noon

Boy George
Credit Dean Stockings

Eighties superstar Boy George isn’t done performing. Though it’s been 18 years since his last album release in 

  1995, he's on a North American tour supporting his latest endeavor, This Is What I Do, released last January. The artist is also well-known for his work with the band Culture Club and is reportedly working on new material with them as well. Tune in Friday at noon for this double header Live From World Cafe Live.

Recent Release: This Is What I Do
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Label: Very Me Records

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Live from World Cafe Live
2:33 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Midlake Live from World Cafe Live 4/11 @ Noon

Midlake

Join us for a special acoustic Live from World Cafe Live as 3 members of Midlake perform a live midday concert on Friday. 

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Live from World Cafe Live
2:44 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

The Districts Live from World Cafe Live 4/04 @ Noon

The Districts

Join us Friday for a Doubleheader concert with The Districts and Hurray for the Riff Raff Friday and noon.

Philadelphia favorites The Districts have had an exciting couple of months. After signing with Fat Possum Records in November and producing a self-titled EP with the label, they’ve taken off, embarking on a nationwide tour with stops at SXSW and recently announcing a future appearance at this year’s Lollapalooza. But before then, their foot-stomping original sound is set to play at Friday’s double header, filling the room with their rock n’ roll blended with folk sound.

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Live from World Cafe Live
2:21 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Hurray For the Riff Raff Live from World Cafe Live 4/04 @ Noon

Alynda Lee Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff

Join us for a Doubleheader concert Friday with Hurray for the Riff Raff and The Districts! 

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