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 micro brews, and really enjoy sampling great beers. I also am a chili-head! Bring the heat!

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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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Live from World Cafe Live
10:04 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Spanish Gold & Jonathan Wilson Live from World Cafe Live 06/06 @ Noon

Spanish Gold

Spanish Gold is a new project from members of My Morning Jacket (Patrick Hallahan), Hacienda/City and Colour (Dante Schwebel) and Brownout (Adrian Quesada. Though their main projects have very different 

  sonic identities from each other, the members of Spanish Gold found common ground in having grown up during the height MTV's music programming. A love for everything from funk, hip hop, pop and R&B informed the songs on South of Nowhere, while the Texas and Nashville roots of the record still shine through.

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Live from World Cafe Live
9:54 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Jonathan Wilson & Spanish Gold Live from World Cafe Live 06/06 @ Noon

Jonathan Wilson

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

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Live from World Cafe Live
12:27 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Ingrid Michaelson Live from World Cafe Live 05/30 @ Noon

Ingrid Michaelson

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. 

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Live from World Cafe Live
12:00 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Joe Henry Live from World Cafe Live 05/23 @ Noon

Joe Henry

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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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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