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

Join us for a Doubleheader Live from World Cafe Live Concert this week, with Jonathan Wilson and 

The Friday at Noon Ingrid Michaelson will be our weekly live midday concert artist. As she tours for her 

  sixth album, Lights Out, she has received praise from outlets such as Allmusic and The Oakland Press for her ambitious and polished new record which features its share of blues, pop, and drawn out ballads. The New York based Michaelson rose to fame by having her music put in various TV shows such as One Tree Hill, Scrubs, and The Vampire Diaries, as well as commercials for Old Navy and the British car manufacturer Vauxhall. 

Join us for our weekly Live Concert this Friday at Noon as Joe Henry performs with special guests Apache Relay. Singer/songwriter Joe Henry has been playing music professionally since the 80s, and with 12 

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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. 

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. 
 

 

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

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