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We have some new weekend shows and shows moved times recently, so we thought to put the changes in a quick note. As always, you can check out the current schedule at https://www.wrur.org/schedule

For 24 years, the airwaves have heard a familiar voice bringing folk music to the Rochester area and since 2010, to Ithaca and the Finger Lakes on WITH. Ray Baumler has been there since the start, a program that highlighted the folk genre in all its various forms. Along with friend, Tom Bohan alternating each week as host, the program was a regular feature of the Rochester radio scene until this past weekend. After 24 years, the program came to an end. Ray along with Sue Tennenbaum, decided to end the program.

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This year's Tiny Desk Contest was unlike any other. Amid lockdowns, social distancing guidelines and ongoing adjustments to daily life, over 6,000 dedicated unsigned artists sent in their songs in the hopes of performing a Tiny Desk concert.

This year’s Newport Folk Festival - one of the oldest and longest running music festivals in the world, will not happen in person. Since fans can’t be together at the Fort, Newport Folk is bringing the music to you with radio broadcasts from over 60 years of archived sets, webcast concerts, and a very special film to close the weekend.

After three months on hiatus, due to the COVID19 pandemic, Rejuvenation with Scott Wallace is back Friday nights at 6PM on Different Radio, WRUR and WITH. The three hour weekly program featuring R&B, soul, and funk has been a staple on Different Radio, and has been missed by our audience. In the interim, a program from our colleagues at WWOZ has been airing and we are grateful for their assistance to keep the music playing. 

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In 2017, Rhiannon Giddens  stopped by the World Cafe with her album, Freedom Highway.  On that record, she went straight to the darkest parts of history, speaking for those whose voices have often being silenced – from slaves, to the people of the civil rights movement, to contemporary victims of racism. We revisit that session again, on the next World Cafe.  

Black Out Tuesday

Jun 2, 2020

The murder of George Floyd has once again caused much of the nation to question the position of Black people in American society. Is that position to remain one of one more Black man, or Black woman, lying prone on a Staten Island street, as was the case with Eric Garner in 2014? Or Floyd on a Minneapolis street last week? Both pleading, “I can’t breathe?”

Led Zeppelin has partnered with YouTube for an exclusive streaming event of Celebration Day, the concert film chronicling the band’s historic live performance from the 2007 tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. Celebration Day will be streamed in its entirely for three days only on the official Led Zeppelin YouTube channel, premiering this Saturday, May 30, at 3PM ET. You can watch it here:

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The rest of the country has learned something we already knew: Danielle Ponder is a poweful force in everything she does, and musically, is perfection. Her entry into this year's NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest was tagged as one of the best entratnts.

Join Different Radio and NPR Music as we celebrate Public Radio Music Day. Tonight, singer-songwriter Steve Earle will perform in a live concert from his living room in Nashville starting at 7 PM. You can watch it online here  https://livesessions.npr.org/live/steve-earle

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