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Apr 14, 2020

Even while in isolation, there’s still plenty to do in Rochester. Now that we’re getting the hang of social distancing, local musicians and arts organizations have stepped up their online game so we can all get through this together, virtually. Our partner, City Newspaper, has been curating an arts calendar listing events. You can get to the calendar here or at the link on the sidebar on the WRUR home page.

Sex, Death, & Money / Courtesy of the Artist

We lost two musical giants this week: Bill Withers and John Prine. In this radio hour, Death, Sex & Money host Anna Sale shares her conversations with these two songwriters -- interviews that are filled with wisdom, beauty, and, of course, irreverent humor and music. The show airs Monday at 7PM on Different Radio.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WRUR has had to make schedule changes immediately. This is in part out of concern for the health of our program hosts, the cancellation of classes at the University of Rochester, and in accordance with directives and guidelines from governmental authorities. You can check the schedule changes at our program schedule link under programs from the home page.

Traci Westcott/Sarah Eide

No square on the calendar seems to have escaped. "Extraterrestrial Abduction Day" is March 20. Entire months have been claimed. November is NaNoWriMo. Translation: National Novel Writing Month. And now we're in the midst of FAWM: February Album Writing Month.

Emerging musicians: Think you've got what it takes to perform at the iconic Tiny Desk? If so, NPR wants to hear from you!

Ryan Yarmel, better known as Yarms in the area music scene, is one of WRUR's newest show hosts. His new show airs on Thursdays at 6PM. He is not new to Different Radio. Ryan has filled in on Open Tunings when Scott Regan has been away. With an eclectic music mix that ranges from Americana and Folk, to Indie Rock, he hoped to also present live music of the local scene, including artists who may be in town for a gig. Tune in each week for Radioland with Yarms, on Different Radio, WRUR Rochester and WITH Ithaca. 

Scott Housley

Revered songwriter David Olney (born March 23, 1948) died Saturday, January 18, 2020, after suffering an apparent heart attack during a performance in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. He was 71.

A key member of Nashville’s music community since his move to Music City in 1973, the Lincoln, Rhode Island native was a compelling and enigmatic presence. He wrote sonnets and starred at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, and his live concerts blended tenderness and ferocity, theatre and sincerity, agitation and embrace.

WRUR is giving you some extra musical treats for your Thanksgiving Holiday. In addition to a special Open Tunings at 9AM on Thursday, you’re invited to a Thanksgiving potluck with Questlove, the co-founder of The Roots and bandleader for The Tonight Show. Quest stops by to talk about his new book, Mixtape Potluck. It’s a collection of recipes from friends like Martha Stewart, Jimmy Fallon and Maya Rudolph paired with music picked by Quest. Save room for dessert. It’s Questlove’s Mixtape Potluck, Thursday at 2PM and repeating that night at 8PM.

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A note to WRUR/WXXI listeners and viewers:

Construction work at 13WHAM-TV’s transmission tower will result in brief interruptions of some of WRUR and WXXI's services over the next several days.

Overnight work Friday morning from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday from 1 a.m. to 11 a.m. will result in Classical 91.5, WRUR 88.5 FM, WXXY-FM and WXXI-TV being off the air during those times. Cable viewers will not be effected.

We apologize for this disruption and thank you for your patience. For more information contact WHAM-TV at 585-334-8700.

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This is the start. It’s like the opening moments of a“Star Trek” episode, where you know the new young guy in the blue shirt will be the one to die at the hands of an alien, before Captain Kirk works it out. Likewise, the editors at WXXI have shot down all of my suggestions, so you can help name this column. Until then, it’s called “Your Name Here.”

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