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!

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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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

Typhoon, the 12-piece supergroup from Portland, Oregon, joins us for a live Friday concert  at noon. Getting their big break with a performance on “Late Show with David Letterman” in 2011,

   Typhoon has quickly grown in popularity due to their appropriate and experimentally big-band sound complete with sporadic interjections of harmonization, brass and piano. Since their initial appearance, they've opened for indie rock bands Explosions in the Sky and The Decemberists.

Amy Dickerson

Country music singer and songwriter Suzy Bogguss joins us live for our noon concert on March 21st. The Illinois native released her thirteenth studio record Lucky last month, a collection of Merle Haggard's classic Americana songs rerecorded in a style that is quintessentially Suzy. 

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