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Awarded first place in seven categories; Buckley wins Art Athens Award
BUFFALO, N.Y. – WBFO-FM 88.7 was the recipient of the top award in the New York State Associated Press Association's annual news awards competition on Saturday, June 6 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
WBFO took home a total of seven first-place wins including the prestigious Steve Flanders Award for the second consecutive year, after sharing the grand prize with WRVO in Oswego in 2014. WBFO also won the Flanders Award in 2006 and 2009.
“We’re honored to be recognized so highly by the Associated Press,” said WBFO news director Brian Meyer. “With over 320 years of collective news experience, our news team continues to set the bar for local radio journalism year after year.”
The awards for news stories broadcast in 2014 were presented during the NYSAPA's annual banquet. WBFO was also awarded seven first-place AP awards in 2014.
WBFO was awarded first place in the following categories: Best Continuing News Coverage, "Snowvember: A Historic Lake-Effect Storm," staff; Best Spot News Coverage, "Snowvember: A Historic Lake-Effect Storm," staff; Best News Series for "If Our Water Could Talk," Eileen Buckley, Jay Moran and John Grant; Best Interview for "Peter, Paul & Mary's Paul Stookey," Eileen Buckley; Best Enterprise Reporting, "Most At-Risk Teens," Eileen Buckley; and Best Website/Digital Platforms, staff.
In addition, senior reporter Eileen Buckley was once again the recipient of the Art Athens Award for General Excellence of Individual Reporting. She is a seven-time recipient of this award, winning for stories produced in 2002, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 for her work at WBFO. This year’s award recognized her 2014 work on Focus on Education.
WBFO staffers Chris Caya, Mike Desmond, Omar Fetouh, Cheryl Hagen and Jay Moran also earned special mentions from the AP for stories and interviews they produced in 2014.
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Denise Grandits recognized for use of digital media and technology in the classroom
BUFFALO, N.Y. – WNED | WBFO Buffalo-Toronto announced Denise Grandits from St. Amelia School as one of the 100 educators selected for the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program. The program, which is in its third year, recognizes tech-savvy K-12 educators who are serving as leaders in the education technology space and incorporating digital media in classrooms.
“WNED | WBFO is proud to recognize Ms. Grandits, who was chosen from a pool of talented and innovative educators from across the country that are using technology and digital media in the classroom,” said WNED | WBFO president and CEO Don Boswell. “She will represent our station and the entire Buffalo community as she continues to enhance her skills with these one-of-a-kind resources, tools and trainings from PBS LearningMedia.”
The 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will receive year-long professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium and exclusive resources from PBS LearningMedia Custom service, invitations to special events, and access to a free PBS TeacherLine professional development course. PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will also receive ongoing support in their community from their local PBS member stations.
In addition, the top 30 applicants will serve as leads of the program and will receive an all-expense paid trip to Philadelphia to participate in the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. All Lead PBS Digital Innovators will also receive a Samsung Galaxy(R) tablet to continue their use of technology in the classroom.
The full list of the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators is available at http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/digitalinnovators.
PBS LearningMedia received hundreds of applications from leading teachers throughout the U.S. and its territories. Judges selected the 100 educators based on submissions of videos and written essays that addressed how they are creatively using digital technology and tools in the classroom to drive student achievement.
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“Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Western New York” airs Monday, May 4 at 9 p.m.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Frederick Law Olmsted, America’s first and best-known landscape architect, created an enduring legacy in Western New York. Perhaps best known for his design of New York City’s Central Park, Olmsted had a powerful and lasting influence on our community.
“Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Western New York,” airing Monday, May 4 at 9 p.m. on WNED-TV, is a one-hour original WNED-TV production that captures the architect’s impact throughout Western New York. The program includes documentary segments that capture the history and context for Olmsted’s contributions and interviews with local experts that focus on how that legacy is being carried into the future.
“Frederick Law Olmsted’s innovative landscape architecture was instrumental in shaping many areas of Western New York,” said Donald K. Boswell, WNED | WBFO president and CEO. “It’s amazing that over 100 years later, residents can still enjoy his creations and want to know more about the person who helped make our area such a beautiful place to live.”
“Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Western New York” provides a contemporary perspective on Olmsted’s continuing Western New York legacy by examining the current status of the Buffalo Park System, the restoration of Olmsted’s vision for Goat Island at Niagara Falls and the rebirth of what has become known as the Richardson Olmsted Complex.
“The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is the proud steward of Mr. Olmsted’s legacy in maintaining the nation’s first urban park system,” said Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy interim executive director Stephanie Crockatt. “We are committed to partnering with the City of Buffalo in keeping this treasure maintained for its historic integrity, while providing healthy, beautiful spaces for the hundreds of thousands who visit and enjoy the parks year-round.”
The program includes interviews with Crockatt; Monica Pellegrino Faix, executive director, Richardson Olmsted Complex; Mark Thomas, director, Western District, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
“Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Western New York” is funded by the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation.
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Ghost Town Blues Band, finalist in the 2014 International Blues Challenge, to headline
BUFFALO, N.Y. – WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto is pleased to announce the 2015 WBFO’s Buffalo Blues Bash on Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the WNED ǀ WBFO studios.
Headlining WBFO’s Buffalo Blues Bash is Ghost Town Blues Band, finalist in the 2014 International Blues Challenge. Ghost Town Blues Band is a modern blues band with an intimate knowledge of both blues, rock and improvisational jams. At the same time, the band’s raw energy and intensity is reminiscent of some of the best blues that rock n' roll has ever offered. The band can turn on a dime from North Mississippi hill country grooves to classic electric urban blues and funk. This Memphis-based, gritty, six-piece has been touring the U.S. since its inception in 2009, gaining a strong following within the blues and Jam Band circuit.
Opening for the event is local favorite The Patti Parks Band. They are one of Western New York’s most versatile and experienced groups, comprised of the most talented musicians that have come along in a long time. From original musical arrangements to blues to Motown and more, The Patti Parks Band is not the same old thing.
“The last two Buffalo Blues Bash’s were a huge success,” said WNED ǀ WBFO president and CEO Donald K. Boswell. “WBFO’s commitment to bringing Western New York the very best of the blues is stronger than ever and we’re thrilled to host this event not only once but twice in 2015.”
WNED | WBFO continues its commitment to bringing top performing acts to the event, along with fostering local talent. Previous Blues Bash headliners include Billy the Kid and the Regulators and the Selwyn Birchwood Band and opening performers featured Tommy Z Band and Dive House Union. WNED | WBFO is planning to present a fourth Buffalo Blues Bash later in the year.
Tickets are $18 for WNED ǀ WBFO members and $20 for advanced purchase. The price increases to $25 when bought at the door the night of the event, if the event isn’t sold out. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. For tickets, visit wbfo.org or call WNED ǀ WBFO at 1-800-678-1873.
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“Making a Difference” airs Monday, Feb. 2 at 9 p.m.; Seeking nominations for 2015
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Last January, WNED | WBFO Buffalo-Toronto launched an initiative to recognize everyday citizens of Western New York who are committed to making a positive impact in their communities. “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 response was overwhelming, as over 300 nominations were received for this recognition.
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