Focus on Education: Student Voices
In education reform, we consistently hear from state and local leaders, school boards and district superintendents on change and student performance. Many times students are not directly asked what their concerns are or the challenges they face in meeting these expectations. WNED | WBFO hosted 42 students from 13 area high schools to discuss their concerns. From these discussions, it was determined that the three most prevalent concerns of the students were personal matters and peer relationships, family and home environment, and existing school support systems. WNED | WBFO invited back seven of these students to share their stories and insights with classmates, staff and the viewing audience. Program hosts, WBFO News Director, Brian Meyer, and Senior Reporter, Eileen Buckley explore what students are saying about their daily struggles in and out of school.
Buffalo’s First Ward
The First Ward built Buffalo and, to some degree, America. The industries that blossomed along the shores of the Buffalo River and Lake Erie are largely responsible for creating Buffalo as a manufacturing and industrial powerhouse from the early 1800s through the mid-1900s. Buffalo’s industrial strength fuelled American economic growth and expansion.
Target Prevention, a WNED-TV original production, will show you the most effective things you can do to take control of your health. Research demonstrates the positive impact of exercise and good nutrition. Small choices we make everyday really do impact our health. We also need to make certain that we take advantage of screening tests that lead to early detection, better treatment and even prevention. Our “targets” with this program are cardiovascular disease and cancer focusing on high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and colon cancer.
Making A Difference
Making a Difference was created to capture the stories of true champions who dedicate their time to worthy causes, emphasize the importance of volunteerism and encourage others to step in and lend a helping hand. The program highlights eight individuals in a half-hour television documentary on WNED-TV and with radio reports on WBFO-FM 88.7.
Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction
Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction shares the experiences of young people from Western New York who are struggling with addiction recovery. Most of the young people are making progress towards wellness and they discuss their long term fight for recovery; others have not been as fortunate. By utilizing their personal stories backed by addiction treatment specialists, researchers and parent insights, the hope is to raise awareness and advocacy for this serious epidemic in our community. Prescription painkiller addiction has no gender, race, or social status symbolism; it can affect anyone, at any age.
The Great Erie County Fair
As the summer peaks in Western New York, the Erie County Fair becomes the talk of the town. For 12 days every August, the fairgrounds in Hamburg draw more than a million visitors to the exhibition halls, animal barns, commercial displays, midway and entertainment arenas. From austere beginnings to its current incarnation as a sometimes colorful, often overwhelming and always fascinating event, the Erie County Fair has become an institution. The Great Erie County Fair, a WNED-TV original production, celebrates 175 years of tradition and documents all the charm, excitement, stories and competitive spirit that animate the fair.
If Our Water Could Talk
More than 22 percent of the city of Buffalo is water and the region lies within the largest fresh water system in the world. The abundance of freshwater is one of Western New York’s greatest resources. If Our Water Could Talk is a WNED|WBFO multi-media initiative that includes a television documentary, a community forum on the future of the Outer Harbor, radio reports, a website, educational materials and community engagement.
1812 on the Niagara Frontier
The War of 1812 was one of the most important historical events along the Niagara Frontier. It had a profound impact on the development of both the United States and Canada and is still relevant to both countries today. 1812 on the Niagara Frontier is a local, contemporary follow up to the WNED-TV production The War of 1812. 1812 on the Niagara Frontier explores sites around the Niagara region dedicated to preserving and presenting this history to the public. The program focuses on the sites as destinations and captures the visitor experience at each location. From cannon firings and musket demonstrations, to interactive museums and costumed reenactments, 1812 on the Niagara Frontier captures the passion each of these unique locations brings to the history of the War of 1812.
My Health Counts!
More and more we are facing chronic conditions and are being asked to make important decisions about our own health. That can be a frightening prospect—or an empowering one. When it comes to health care, patients have more power than they think.
My Health Counts!, WNED-TV six-part series, focuses on the fundamentals of health and wellness—encouraging people to partner with their doctors and other members of their healthcare team; fostering self-management skills and giving people a better understanding of how to recognize and receive quality care.
Life Journeys Solutions for Caregivers
Life Journeys Solutions for Caregivers is a four-part public television series that takes a closer look at the trials and triumphs of family caregiving. With 50 million Americans playing this pivotal role in the life of a sick or elderly loved one, the need for informational and empowering television programming has never been greater. Join host, Susan Hunt, a well-known Buffalo producer and experienced caregiver, explore a wide range of issues and topics that will help families increase their knowledge and skills, while decreasing their levels of stress.
The WNED-TV Production Catalog
WNED-TV’s award-winning production team originates content to shine the spotlight on the treasures and history of Western New York and Southern Ontario. Building on its mission to “educate, inform, enlighten and entertain,” WNED-TV productions have contributed significantly to our communities.
Through partnerships with numerous local organizations, WNED-TV’s programs have increased awareness about crucial health-related issues; historical events and figures; unique natural and cultural assets; and important education topics.
You may remember many of our local productions.
- Remembering Toronto (1998) takes a nostalgic look at the Toronto of the ‘20s to the ‘50s.
- The Pan American Experience (2001) tells the story of the 1901 World’s Fair. WNED-TV’s first high-definition production,
- Buffalo’s Houses of Worship (2002), explores the city’s sacred architecture.
- WNED-TV then partnered with Rogers Television to produce Toronto’s Houses of Worship (2004).
- The Our Town (2003-2012) series tells the stories of the distinct communities of our region through the eyes of its residents.
- Buffalo native, Christine Baranski, narrates Polonia: Western New York’s Polish-American Legacy (2005) detailing the history and cultural richness of our region’s Polish-American community.
- Some of the most intriguing and entertaining tales of people who have risked their lives to challenge Niagara Falls are featured in Daredevils of Niagara Falls (2006).
- Dangerous Silence (2007) presents an open and honest portrayal of the complex dynamics of AIDS/HIV in the Buffalo/Niagara region.
- Buffalo’s Wild Bill Donovan (2007) reflects on the life and legacy of the man President Eisenhower called “the Last Hero.”
- Demystifying Dyslexia (2007) sheds light on this often misunderstood condition through personal stories, educational best practices and the latest scientific research.
- Wineries of Western New York and the Finger Lakes and Wineries of Canada’s Niagara Peninsula (2007) journey along regional wine trails, exploring history, natural beauty and quality wines along the way.
- Herbert Hauptman: Portrait of a Laureate (2008) portrays both the scientist and the man, reflecting on the significance of the Nobel Prize winner’s contributions.
- Remembering Crystal Beach Park (2008) preserves the memories of the beloved lakeside amusement park.
- Through a series of video postcards, Western New York A TO Z (2009) explores sites that set the Buffalo Niagara region apart.
- Buffalo’s Voices of Steel (2010) honors the contributions of all who labored for the industrial giants that drove the mid- to-late 20th century American economy.
- Don’t Touch That Dial (2010) looks back at the great memories in Buffalo broadcasting.
- Hockey, More than a Game (2011) explores hockey history and culture, offering an insightful, intimate look at the game described as “Canada’s gift to the world.”
As a leading producer of single-topic documentaries, our national and regional broadcasts have been seen by millions of people across the continent, stimulating cultural and heritage tourism to the Buffalo/Niagara/Toronto region.
“WNED-TV’s productions are thoroughly researched, beautifully written and artfully shot. In documenting the breadth and depth of the cultural and historic richness of Western New York, WNED-TV has captured the imaginations of audiences both within and outside the region, boosting the community’s self-image and promoting it to potential visitors.”
--Edward J. Healy, Vice President for Marketing
Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitor’s Bureau