WRUR 88.5 Different Radio

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

Courtesy of the Artist

Katie Crutchfield's new Waxahatchee album Out in the Storm came after the end of a difficult relationship - but she wants listeners to focus on is how the songs touch their own experiences.  She talks about that, and the support twin sister Allison gave her on this record, as their creative relationship has evolved over the years. Today at 2 PM on Different Radio.

Courtesy of the Artist

Sherman Holmes’ career has been defined for decades as a member of the trio the Holmes Brothers. But in 2015, his bandmates Wendell and Popsy passed away. Holmes talks about how he found the courage to go on and make his debut solo album without his bandmates. Sherman Holmes performs on the next World Cafe.   

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One of America's premier songwriters, Randy Newman, sits down at the piano to perform and talks with the Cafe's David Dye.  He's been releasing records since the '60s, and his new album, called Dark Matter, is out today. Friday at 2 PM on Different Radio.

Courtesy of the Artist

Mexico's Café Tacvba are considered one of the most groundbreaking bands of the rock en espanol movement. Cafe Tacvba performs and talks about the musical diversity that defined their seminal album Re and continues through their latest Jei Beibei on the next World Cafe. Today at 2PM on Different Radio.

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Atlanta-based Manchester Orchestra step out of their crunchy, guitar-driven comfort zone in favor of sweeping, cinematic sounds on their latest release, A Black Mile to the Surface. They explain how scoring the film Swiss Army Man, starring Daniel Radcliffe, changed their approach to making albums and perform live on the next World Cafe. Today at 2 PM on Different Radio.

Courtesy of MTV

"Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll". Those were the words TV audiences heard on August 1, 1981 when a brand new channel called Music Television launched. MTV changed the world of music, and we celebrate with a full show of the earliest video hits including The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" and Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

August at The Little Cafe: (follow link for more information)

Monday       August 21  7 - 9  PM    Lakeshore@The Little: Debbie Kendricks Project

Tuesday       August 22 7 - 9  PM    Flower City Beer Choir

Wednesday August 23  7 - 9 PM    Lakeshore@The Little: Chris Wilson

Thursday     August 24  7 - 9 PM    Woody Dodge

Friday          August 25   8-10 PM   Oliver Haynes

Saturday      August 26  8-10 PM    Tasty Parker and the Joy Riders

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Sex Pistols' guitarist Steve Jones shares wild, touching, and often shocking stories from his memoir Lonely Boy. From his working class childhood, to his downward spiral into heroin addiction, and the time he stole David Bowie’s gear, Jones talks about defining punk rock and surviving it, on an encore edition of the World Cafe.

Courtesy of the Artist

Inspired by her great uncle, a Grenada-born cabaret star, Ala.Ni, has been singing since childhood. It shows on her new, acapella album, You & I.  She reflects on the secret love affair that inspired it and more, today on the World Cafe. https://www.vuhaus.com/embed/v2/videos/a594467e-c7a9-4d40-9528-c0a0a096a22e?autostart=false#

Adam Kissick

TuneIn and NPR Music are on the ground at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival, streaming live sets from across its three stages. TuneIn's Newport Folk Radio channel will bring you live music from Newport, Rhode Island, from 12-7pm ET each day of the festival. Artists confirmed for the live webcast include Big Thief, John Paul White of The Civil Wars, The Wild Reeds, and Pinegrove, but expect to hear from many more. You can use the player on our homepage on the right or the player from this post.

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