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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. 

Visit the Focus on Education: Student Voices web page

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.

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Target Prevention

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.

Visit the Target Prevention website


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.

Visit the Making A Difference website


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.

Visit the Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction website

Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction educator resources on PBS LearningMedia


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.

Watch The Great Erie County Fair online and add your comments to the video


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.

Visit the If Our Water Could Talk website

If Our Water Could Talk educator resources


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.

Visit the 1812 on the Niagara Frontier website


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.

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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.

Visit the Life Journeys website


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


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Thursday, 05 December 2013 13:53

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The Klondike Gold Rush

The Klondike Gold Rush tells the legendary story of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush. Over 100,000 people voyage to the far North intent of reaching the Canadian boom-town Dawson City and striking it rich. It’s an incredible story of determination, luck, fortune and loss. Historians and authors bring insight and perspective to the event that changed the lives of thousands. Present-day characters reveal that the frontier spirit is still alive in the Klondike.

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Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

To Frederick Law Olmsted, a park was both a work of art and a necessity for urban life. Olmsted’s efforts to preserve nature created an “environmental ethic” decades before the environmental movement became a force in American politics. With gorgeous cinematography, creative animation, and compelling commentary, Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America presents the biography of a man who forever changed our relationship with public open spaces. The film explores the enormous contributions of Olmsted to the American landscape, as well as his marked failures and loss.

Visit the Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America website

Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America educator resources



The War of 1812

For two and a half years, Americans fought against the British, Canadian colonists, and native nations. In the years to come, the War of 1812 would be celebrated in some places and essentially forgotten in others. But it is a war worth remembering—a struggle that threatened the existence of Canada, then divided the United States so deeply that the nation almost broke apart. Some of its battles and heroes became legendary, yet its blunders and cowards were just as prominent. The War of 1812 shows how the glories of war became enshrined in history – how failures are quickly forgotten – how inconvenient truths are ignored forever.

Visit The War of 1812 website

The War of 1812 educator resources on PBS LearningMedia



The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain

Offering unprecedented access, The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain captures a unique approach to theatre in one of North America’s longest-running, most distinctive and exciting theatre experiences. In following the process of getting plays from the page to the stage, this documentary provides insight into the production at a world-renowned repertory theatre festival. Each year between April and October, the Shaw Festival presents 10–12 plays on four stages that attract patrons from all over the world. Located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, the Shaw’s extended and one-of-a-kind schedule has actors and directors working on several plays at once. Over eight months, crews design and build sets on a finely honed schedule that is frenetic, creative and amazingly well-planned and executed.

Visit The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain website

The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain educator resources



Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

William Still was just a boy when he helped the first one escape. He never knew the man's name; only that he was being hunted by slave catchers. But in the years ahead, there would be many hundreds more. And Still vowed their stories would never be forgotten. Underground Railroad: The William Still Story tells the dramatic story of William Still, one of the most important yet largely unheralded individuals of the Underground Railroad. Still was determined to get as many runaways as he could to "Freedom’s Land,” smuggling them across the US border to Canada. Bounty hunters could legally abduct former slaves living in the so-called free northern states, but under the protection of the British, Canada provided sanctuary for fugitive slaves.

Visit the Underground Railroad: The William Still Story website

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story educator resources on PBS LearningMedia



Golf’s Grand Design

Golf's playing fields have recognizable characteristics—fairways, greens, bunkers, and water hazards-- but golf is the only sport played on a field with no specifically defined dimensions. Golf's playing fields are dictated by the features of the land and the imagination of the architect. Golf's Grand Design focuses on golf course architecture from the 1880s through present day featuring some of America's best known and influential courses: the National Golf Links of America on Long Island; Baltusrol in New Jersey; Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx; Augusta National in Georgia; the Dunes in South Carolina; Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina; Crooked Stick in Indiana; Sand Hills in Nebraska; Shadow Creek in Las Vegas and Bandon Dunes and Old Macdonald in Oregon. 

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Chautauqua: An American Narrative

Chautauqua: An American Narrative captures the unique environment and opportunities provided by the Chautauqua Institution. The program focuses on the contemporary story of Chautauqua today while using the Institution's rich history to provide context and perspective. It is an exploration of this uniquely American experience and its pervasive—yet sometimes forgotten—place in American culture and history.The Chautauqua Institution promotes life-long learning and the engagement of art, education and community through lectures, performances, and other activities. Chautauqua: An American Narrative showcases the places and activities that make Chautauqua such a unique destination. The program highlights each of the 'four pillars' of Chautauqua; the arts, education, recreation and religion.



Elbert Hubbard: An American Original

The life of Elbert Hubbard is a story of love, art, passion and controversy set against the backdrop of the Arts and Crafts Movement at the turn of the 20th century. To this “back-to-basics” artistic and cultural movement, Hubbard would contribute his bold, ingenious talent and creative force. The flamboyant founder of the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, N.Y. (1856-1915) was an influential national figure -- an author, publisher, lecturer and entrepreneur. He also was a man of extreme contradictions, who ultimately died as dramatically as he lived.



Your Life, Your Money

This upbeat, fast-paced program features real-life stories of young adults navigating a variety of economic challenges. Hosted by charismatic actor Donald Faison (Scrubs, Clueless), the documentary encourages viewers to get their financial life on track and to “give purpose to every penny.” In no-nonsense terms, it delivers basic financial advice on credit, savings, insurance and other important topics. Major national personal finance experts; hip-hop icon Russell Simmons; and R&B/pop singer D.Woods (Danity Kane) add their insight to the issues.

Visit the Your Life, Your Money website

Your Life, Your Money educator resources


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo

In Buffalo, N.Y., some of the greatest works of American architecture relay a remarkable story that resonates with the universal themes of home, family and friendship. The charismatic Frank Lloyd Wright, destined to become America’s greatest architect, called Darwin Martin, an unassuming, wealthy businessman from Buffalo, his “best friend.” Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo reveals how Martin’s three decades of support fostered Wright’s career and led to some of the architect’s renowned masterpieces.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Buffalo educator resources



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There is a one in four chance that your teenage son or daughter has tried prescription medications that were not prescribed to them by your family physician or dentist.  In the last ten years, addiction to painkiller medications and prescriptions has increased 400% and taken hold in our communities. Every 19 minutes in our country, we lose a person to opiate addiction, which is no different than taking heroin.  

Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction
Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. on WNED-TV

WNED-TV’s production, “Tragedy & 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.  We encourage you to watch this program with your entire family, no matter how old or young they are. Get informed and take action.

Tragedy and Hope: A Call to Action
Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 9 p.m. on WNED-TV 

Broadcast live from the WNED studio, “Tragedy and Hope: A Call to Action” features the WNED-TV produced documentary “Tragedy and Hope – Stories of Painkiller Addiction.”  The program will air in segments, breaking away to the studio for follow up discussion with parents and local experts, designed to increase awareness of an epidemic plaguing our teens – addiction to prescription painkillers and other medications.  Drug counseling volunteers from our community partnerships will be on hand to take phone calls from viewers and offer information packets to those interested in further information on the epidemic of painkiller addiction.

Educator and Community Resources 
Classroom and community engagement resources & lesson plans are being developed for middle, high school, and collegiate students as well as for parents and community groups. Find more information about these valuable resources here in November 2013.


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Follow the intricate planning and careful construction of a major, new two-part attraction at the revitalized Buffalo Zoo.

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