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“The Klondike Gold Rush” to air Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. EST on PBS

WNED-TV Buffalo-Toronto presents a new historical documentary, “The Klondike Gold Rush coming to PBS Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. EST (check local listings). The film explores the history, hope and hardship in search of fortune in Canada’s Yukon Territory.

Still renowned as the richest gold strike in North American mining history, the Klondike Gold Rush (1896-1899) set off a “stampede” of over 100,000 people on a colossal journey from Alaska to the gold fields of Canada’s Yukon Territory. It’s an incredible story of determination, luck, fortune and loss. The boomtown, Dawson City, emerges as the heart of the story. During the gold rush, it’s known as the “Paris of the North,” and is one of the largest cities in Canada. Filled with banks, saloons, stores and hotels, for the stampeders and the outside world, it confirms itself as a place where lives can in fact be revolutionized.

“This is truly a fascinating era in North American history,” said Donald K. Boswell, WNED | WBFO president and CEO. “We are honored to tell this powerful story of human struggle and triumph that took place over 100 years ago in the Canadian Yukon. Furthermore, we are pleased to continue our tradition as a binational producer.”

Award-winning Author Charlotte Gray and Historians Terrence Cole and Michael Gates bring new insights and perspective to the event. Harper’s Weekly correspondent Tappan Adney—is brought to life through excerpts from his celebrated book The Klondike Stampede (1900). Present-day characters reveal the Klondike is still alive with the frontier spirit. “The Klondike Gold Rush” confirms that the stories and legends of the Klondike Gold Rush continue to inspire us. In the end, we learn that it isn’t all about the gold, but rather the journey to the Klondike, itself, is what matters.

“As a story, ‘The Klondike Gold Rush’ is symbolic of this desire to ‘become’ and it's emblazoned in the Stampeders' ultimate drive toward the unknown,” said film director Douglas Arrowsmith. “The vast geographical obstacles of Alaska and the Yukon were just one part of this arduous quest to beat all odds and discover better lives.”

“The Klondike Gold Rush” is produced by Gold Rush Productions Inc. in association with Rogers Broadcasting Limited and WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto.

“The Klondike Gold Rush” is made possible by The Wilson Foundation, The Cable Public Affairs Channel, with additional funding provided by the Rogers Documentary Fund, and The Rogers Cable Network Fund. With the participation of The Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC, and the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.


WNED-TV long ago established itself as an originator of television content for PBS; WNED-TV was the founder of the Emmy Award winning “Reading Rainbow” series and was the producer of the popular Mark Russell Comedy Specials for PBS. In recent years, WNED-TV has expanded its position by becoming a significant producer of original high-definition television and online content for local and national distribution. 

National productions broadcast on PBS include: “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America,” “The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain,” “The War of 1812,” “Underground Railroad: The William Still Story,” “Chautauqua: An American Narrative,” “Window to the Sea,” “The Adirondacks,” “The Marines,” “Niagara Falls,” “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo,” and “Elbert Hubbard: An American Original.”


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Wednesday, 03 December 2014 00:00

Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler

Join host Bruce Feiler on an unprecedented journey to the world's most meaningful landscapes and rigorous religious pilgrimages. Feiler and contemporary sojourners journey to sacred sites cherished by billions and visited annually by hundreds of millions of pilgrims. Each episode follows a modern-day pilgrim on a private spiritual journey. The series presents a comprehensive picture of the practice of pilgrimage in its varied expressions around the globe, over thousands of years. Enjoy back-to-back episodes beginning Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. (R: 12/18, 12:30 a.m.)
U.S. military members visit the Catholic shrine of Lourdes in southwest France in search of healing.

Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 9 p.m. (R: 12/18, 1:30 a.m.)
The Island of Shikoku in Japan features a 750-mile Buddhist pilgrimage route, temples and shrines.

Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. (R: 12/25, 1 a.m.)
Jewish and Christian pilgrims visit Israel. The Jesus Trail, Sukkot and more are showcased.

Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 9 p.m. (R: 12/25, 2 a.m.)
Millions of pilgrims gather outside the city of Mecca for the annual five-day pilgrimage.

Kumbh Mela
Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m.
The Kumbh Mela, the Hindu festival when pilgrims bathe where two sacred rivers meet, is explored.

Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 9 p.m.
African-American pilgrims attend an annual festival in honor of the Yoruba goddess Osun in Nigeria.

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Tuesday, 02 December 2014 17:06

Classical 94.5 WNED Holiday Programming

Monday, December 8, 2014 at 1 p.m.

Wednesday December 17, 2014 at 6 p.m.

Sunday December 21, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Making a List (Local)- Classical 94.5 WNED announcers offer their annual selections of holiday gift giving suggestions, inspirational quotes, recipes and “Best of the Year” classical CD nominations. (2 Hours)  Source: Local


Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 6 p.m.

The Nutcracker- It wouldn’t be the holiday without music from this famous ballet by Tchaikovsky! Follow Clara’s Christmas Journey to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy. (2 Hours) Source: CD


Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Candles Burning Brightly- More than two thousand years ago, in the days of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, the religious life of the Jews was brought almost to a halt by the ancient Greeks.  But rather than give in to the pressure to assimilate, a band of Jews who practiced their faith in secret returned to their holy city and rededicated the Temple. Their courageous act and its aftermath form the focus of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock offer a program which explores the customs and music of the holiday.  (1 Hour)  Source:  APM


Thursday, December 17, 2014 at 10 a.m.

Brother Heinrich’s Christmas/ Hely Hutchinson Carol Symphony- Two traditional favorites: John Rutter’s Christmas fable about the writing of well known Christmas Carol and the Donkey that inspired it and one of the first symphonies to be based on our favorite Christmas carols. (1 Hour)  Source: CD


Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 1 p.m. & 8 p.m.

A Chanticleer Christmas- A celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men's choir. The program spans the globe and the centuries — from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic and contemporary carols. (1Hour)  Source: APM


Friday, December 19, 2014 at 10 a.m.

Philharmonic Friday Holiday Special (Local)-  Join Peter Hall for a wonderful celebration of the season as performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.  (1 Hour)  Source: Local


Friday, December 19, 2014 at 6 p.m.

Thursday, December 25 at 9 a.m.

A Krummy Christmas- Bob Krum brings you a musical greeting card for the Holidays! There will be Christmas carols from different countries, along with wonderful performances of many of the old favorites!  There’s sure to be surprises, fun and good cheer as Bob celebrates Christmas in his favorite way—with music! (2 Hours)  Source: Local


Monday, December 22, 2014 at 1 p.m. & 8 p.m.

The Rose Ensemble:  Christmas Revelry in the young United States-Enjoy the music of this holiday season as we listen to carols, anthems, shape note hymns and spirituals as they were sung as Christmas was celebrated across 18th and early 19th century America (1 Hour)  Source:  Tom Crann


Tuesday, December 23, at 1 p.m.

The Nutcracker- It wouldn’t be the holiday without music from this famous ballet by Tchaikovsky! The Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy find the essence of the score(1 Hour) Source: CD


Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio- This classical Christmas work was originally performed over several feast days in 1734-1735.  We’ll play all six parts in succession, so you don’t have to wait. (2.5 Hours) Source: CD


Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 10 a.m.

Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 4 p.m.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols- Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music (2 Hours)  (Live)  Source:APM                  

Friday, December 26, 2 p.m.

Freiheit! For twenty-fifth anniversary of the destruction of the Berlin Wall we repeat the monumental concert that featured a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony by instrumentalists from orchestras from all across the world led by Leonard Bernstein. In celebration of the reunification of Germany Bernstein asked the chorus to substitute at least once for the word joy, “Freude” the word, “Freiheit” Freedom. 


Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Handel’s Messiah- is one of the most famous oratorios ever written and is a common musical backdrop of the season.  More popular portions include “For unto us a Child is born”, “Glory to God in the Highest,” and, the most famous, the “Hallelujah” chorus.  (Performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony) (2 Hours) Source: APM


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Johann Strauss, Jr’s delightful operetta, The Gypsy King.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 11 p.m.

Stratton Rawson’s New Year’s Eve (Local)- Stratton Rawson helps you welcome in 2015 with the two greatest instrumentalists born in America. (3 Hours)  Source: Local


Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 11 a.m. 

New Year's Day from Vienna 2014 - Get ready to pop the New Year's Day champagne! The Vienna Philharmonic presents its annual salute to the waltz on New Year's Day 2015.  The orchestra has invited Zubin Mehta to welcome 2015 by conducting the annual New Year's concert. Hear the hit tunes of the Strauss family and others -- polkas, gallops and waltzes, live from the Musikverein, on New Year's Day from Vienna.  Hosted by Laura Carlo.  (2 Hours) Source: NPR


Tuesday, January 6, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ)- This choral work tells the story of the Holy Family’s flight into to Egypt. (2 Hours)  Source: CD


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Saturday, 06 September 2014 00:00

Seven Percent



WNED-TV is one of the most watched PBS television stations. Since 1977, Classical 94.5 has offered round the clock classical music. WBFO is already a compelling News & Information station and is growing every day. All three of your stations could be so much stronger. But they need to be financially supported by the people that use them.

The PBS/NPR industry average of member-to-audience is 7%. WNED|WBFO are at only 4%, which is hard to understand. Hence, we are launching 7% Impact – an endeavor to bring the ratio up to industry standards and strengthen your public broadcasting stations’ programming. You can make the difference with your financial support! Be part of 7% Impact now.

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