WNED-TV Programming
Friday, 06 December 2013 13:59

WNED-TV Regional Productions



Making a Difference

Do you know of someone who is making a difference?  Now is your chance to have them recognized.  “Making a Difference” will highlight seven individuals in a half-hour television documentary to air on WNED-TV and with radio reports on WBFO-FM 88.7. Information about those being recognized will also be featured on wned.org, wbfo.org and station social media sites in the fall of 2014.

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Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction

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. 

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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.

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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! 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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Thursday, 05 December 2013 13:53

WNED-TV National Productions



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. 


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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 both frenetic, creative and amazingly well planned and executed.  


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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. 


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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.


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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. 


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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. 


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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. 


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WNED-TV and Vidbolt, a Buffalo, NY start-up, are partnering on a new social video project and we’re looking for your help!

Vidbolt has developed a new social video technology that allows you to discuss and share video moments. While watching a video, you can post a comment that stays attached to the moment in time in the video. These messages are posted in the comment stream next to the video, to your profile, and sent to your followers. You can also share your comments on Facebook and Twitter. This video platform is available on tablet, laptop and desktop computer.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013 21:44

1812 On the Niagara Frontier - Resources



New York

Name: Old Fort Niagara
Location: Youngstown, N.Y.
Website: http://oldfortniagara.org/
Contact: P) 716-745-7611
Today, Fort Niagara presents the long history of the fort to the public, focusing mainly on the period from the American Revolution through the Civil War. Fort Niagara features historical interpreters dressed in period clothing, a working blacksmith shop, cannon and musket demonstrations, a flag raising ceremony and interactive exhibits.

Name: Sackets Harbor
Location: Sackets Harbor, N.Y.
Website: http://www.sacketsharborbattlefield.org/ 
Contact: P) 315-646-3634 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Visitors to the battlefield can take a self-guided tour of the restored Navy Yard and Commandant’s House. They can also walk a mile-long history trail that interprets the dramatic history of the site through signs and exhibits. Of particular note are the Memorial Tree Grove and Centennial Monument, which pay tribute to the soldiers and sailors who served during the War of 1812.

Name: Fort Ontario
Location: Oswego, N.Y.
Website: http://nysparks.com/historic-sites/20/details.aspx 
Contact: P) 315-343-4711
Fort Ontario was an important strategic location during the War of 1812. However, all of the buildings here today have been restored to their Civil War era appearance. Some of the fortifications and walls are over 200-years-old. Visitors can tour several historic buildings including barracks, officer’s quarters, storehouse and powder magazine.

Name: Ogdensburg Battlefield
Location: Ogdensburg, N.Y.
Website: N/A
Contact: N/A
A walking tour through Ogdensburg provides an overview of the battle. Signs and plaques along the walk provide insight into the battle and the events surrounding it.

Name: War of 1812 Cemetery
Location: Cheektowaga, N.Y.
Website: http://www.cheektowagahistory.com/page5.php 
Contact: P) 716-684-6544 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
During the War of 1812, the site was used as a burial ground for a nearby military hospital. A cannon has been placed on the grounds and American, Canadian and British flags pay tribute to the soldiers who died during the war.

Name: Battle of Plattsburgh
Location: Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Website: http://www.battleofplattsburgh.org/index.html 
Contact: P) 518-566-1814
The town of Plattsburgh has changed greatly since the battle in 1814. Today, the Battle of Plattsburgh Interpretive Center recounts the battle with a large, interactive diorama, scale models of American ships and paintings that depict the fighting. Near the Plattsburgh City Hall is the 153 foot limestone Macdonough Victory Monument that celebrates Lieutenant Thomas Macdonough’s victory over the British fleet on Lake Champlain.

Name: Castle Clinton and Fort Wood
Location: New York City, N.Y.
Website: http://www.nps.gov/cacl/index.htm 
Contact: P) 212-344-7220 
Castle Clinton and Fort Wood were constructed to protect New York City and its port from British attack during the War of 1812. Today, both are part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. Castle Clinton was restored in the 1940s and serves as the monument’s ticket office and Fort Wood is now the base for the Statue of Liberty itself.

Name: Great Lakes Seaway Trail
Location: New York and Pennsylvania
Website: http://www.seawaytrail.com/ 
Contact: P) 315-646-1000 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
The Seaway Trail is a 518-mile scenic driving route through New York and Pennsylvania. Many important events of the War of 1812 occurred along the trial, including the Battle of Lake Erie, the Battle of Queenston Heights and many others. The trail is a great way to see many of the important 1812 sites in Pennsylvania and New York.


Name: The Erie Maritime Museum
Location: Erie, Pa.
Website: http://www.eriemaritimemuseum.org/
Contact: P) 814-452-2744 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Erie Maritime museum showcases the history of Lake Erie from the War of 1812 through modern times. The museum focuses on the War of 1812 and displays artifacts from the period.  The centerpiece of the museum is the reconstructed Flagship Niagara.

Name: Perry Monument
Location: Erie, Pa.
Website: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/presqueisle/index.htm 
Contact: N/A
Situated in Presque Isle State Park, the monument stands 101 feet tall and is dedicated to Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and his victory during the battle of Lake Erie.


Name: Fort St. Joseph
Location: St. Joseph Island, Ontario
Website: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/stjoseph/index.aspx 
Contact: P) 705-246-2664 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Visitors to the fort can tour the ruins of Fort St. Joseph and learn about one of the first major victories won against American forces during the War of 1812. The fort also offers a candlelight ghost walk in the summer.

Name: Fort Malden
Location: Amherstburg, Ontario
Website: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/malden/index.aspx 
Contact: P) 519-736-5416 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Fort Malden offers visitors an interpretive center with displays focusing on the War of 1812. The site also includes restored buildings and earthworks and historical interpreters dressed in period attire to guide visitors through the fort and help them understand the life of a soldier in the 1800s.

Name: Tecumseh Monument
Location: Thamesville, Ontario
Website: http://www.tecumsehmonument.ca 
Contact: E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
A stone monument and bronze plaque stand near where Tecumseh made his last stand near Thamesville, Ontario. There are currently plans to renovate the park into an open-air museum but construction has not yet begun.

Name: Queenston Heights Battlefield
Location: Queenston, Ontario
Website: http://www.friendsoffortgeorge.ca/bm.htm
Contact: P) 905-468-6621 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Visitors to the site can take a self-guided walking tour of the battlefield or a guided tour with an interpreter dressed in period attire. The tour highlights some of the key locations of the battle and allows visitors to experience ebb and flow of the fighting. The site also includes Brock’s Monument, which is dedicated to British General Sir Isaac Brock. Visitors can climb to the top of the monument for a bird’s-eye view of the battlefield.

Name: Laura Secord Homestead
Location: Queenston, Ontario
Website: http://www.niagaraparks.com/heritage-trail/laura-secord-homestead.html 
Contact: P) 1-877-642-7275 ext. 2
Not far from the Queenston Heights battlefield is the Laura Secord Homestead. The homestead is the actual house lived in by Laura and her family and presents the civilian side of the War of 1812.

Name: Fort George
Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Website: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/fortgeorge/index.aspx
Contact: P) 905-468-6614 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Fort George provides guests with period reenactments and modern museum exhibits. The fort offers guests the opportunity to see a period meal prepared in their fully functioning kitchen, witness gun crews at work during their cannon firings and hear period military music from their fife and drum crops. In addition, one of the Fort George’s blockhouses has been converted into a modern museum that displays artifacts and information from throughout the fort’s history.

Name: Stoney Creek Battlefield
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Website: http://www.battlefieldhouse.ca/ 
Contact: P) 905-662-8458 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Today, people can visit the Battlefield House, which was the American headquarters during the battle. The house has been turned into a small but informative museum. The Stoney Creek Battlefield Monument commemorates the battle and the Stone Lion Monument, which marks the burial place of British, Canadian and American soldiers who died in the fighting.

Name: Beaver Dams Battlefield
Location: Thorold, Ontario
Website: N/A
Contact: N/A
A cairn-style monument and plaque sit near where the battle was fought.

Name: Decew House
Location: Thorold, Ontario
Website: http://www.niagaragreenbelt.com/listings/55-historic-sites/195-decew-house.html 
Contact: 416-592-2555
A fire destroyed much of the Decew house in the 1950s but the stone foundation still stands and a plaque over the fireplace commemorates the meeting between Lieutenant Fitzgibbon and Laura Secord.

Name: Chippawa Battlefield
Location: Niagara Parkway, Ontario
Website: http://www.niagaraparks.com/heritage-trail/chippawa-battlefield-park.html 
Contact: N/A
Chippawa Battlefield has been maintained in nearly pristine condition so little has changed in the 200 years since the battle was fought. A small monument marks the location of Fort Chippawa and interpretive markers provide some information about the ebb and flow of the battle.

Name: Niagara Falls History Museum
Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario
Contact: P) 905-358-5082
Most of where the battle was fought has been swallowed by downtown Niagara Falls. The newly renovated Niagara Falls History Museum presents the history of Niagara Falls up to present day, but the heart of the collection is the War of 1812 gallery. The gallery features artifacts discovered in Niagara Falls and on the Lundy’s Lane Battlefield. 

Name: Drummond Hill Cemetery
Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario
Website: http://www.niagarafalls.ca/city-hall/municipal-works/cemetery/locations-and-histories/drummond-hill.aspx
Contact: N/A
Just a few blocks from the Niagara Falls History Museum is Drummond Hill Cemetery. The cemetery was the location of the British cannons during the Battle of Lundy’s Lane and was the scene of some of the most intense fighting of the battle. There is a monument to the battle itself as well as monuments to the British and American troops who died during the fighting.

Name: Fort Erie
Location: Fort Erie, Ontario
Website: http://www.niagaraparks.com/old-fort-erie/
Contact: P) 1-877-642-7275 ext. 2 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fort Erie provides visitors with a glimpse of what a prolonged siege would have been like in the 1800s. The fort’s buildings and curtain walls have been restored and outside the walls guests can walk through the siege lines that would have been used by the British during the Siege of Fort Erie. The fort also has a new visitors center and museum that displays artifacts from the fort and tells the personal stories of the soldiers who fought during the siege. The fort also has one of the longest running Native interpretive programs of any War of 1812 historic site in the region.

Name: Fort York
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Website: http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/fort-york.htm
Contact: P) 416-392-6907 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Fort York was reconstructed in 1814 and many of those building still stand today. The fort sits in downtown Toronto and provides visitors with a link the city’s earliest beginnings. Interpreters in period dress escort visitors around the fort’s many buildings and displays and provide demonstrations such as musket firings and period military drill.

Name: Fort Wellington
Location: Prescott, Ontario
Website: http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/on/wellington/index.aspx 
Contact: P) 613-925-2896 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
The fort has been carefully restored to its 19th century appearance. In the summer of 2012, the fort opened its brand new visitors center. The center contains exhibits that tell the story of the fort and explain how cooperation between British regulars, Canadian militia and Native warriors protected the St. Lawrence River and British supply lines during the war.

Name: Crysler’s Farm Battlefield
Location: Morrisburg, Ontario
Website: http://www.uppercanadavillage.com/index.cfm/en/home/ 
Contact: P) 1-800-437-2233
Much of the original battlefield was destroyed during the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway in the 1950s. Today, the battle is memorialized at the Battlefield Memorial Building, which contains artifacts from the battlefield and a large granite monument dedicated to the British and Canadian victory.

Name: Canadian War Museum
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Website: http://www.warmuseum.ca/splash/ 
Contact: P) 1-800-555-5621
The Canadian War Museum presents visitors with the history of Canada’s wars from the earliest days of settlement up to present day. The War of 1812 is featured in one of the museum galleries and there is a special 1812 exhibition on display for the bicentennial anniversary of the war.

Name: Fort Henry
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Website: http://www.forthenry.com/index.cfm/en/home/ 
Contact: P) 1-800-437-2233 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Fort Henry today bears little resemblance to the fort that stood here during the War of 1812. However, visitors can tour the fort to understand why it was of strategic importance during the war and visit the Fort Henry Museum to learn about the location’s long history.

Name: Nancy Island Historic Site
Location: Wasaga Beach, Ontario
Website: http://www.wasagabeachpark.com/ 
Contact: P) 705-429-2516
The Nancy Island Historic Site commemorates the HMS Nancy’s battle against three American schooners during the War of 1812. The Wasaga Beach Welcome Center tells the story of HMS Nancy, her valiant fight and houses artifacts from the ship including the charred hull of the vessel.

Name: Niagara Historical Society Museum
Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Website: http://www.niagarahistorical.museum/ 
Contact: E) contact@niagarahistorical.museum 
The Niagara Historical Society Museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The museum houses many collections, a research library and maintains a War of 1812 exhibition that contains archives and artifacts from the war.

Name: Willoughby Historical Museum
Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario
Website: http://www.niagarafallshistorymuseum.ca/index.php/museums/willoughby-historical-museum/ 
Contact: P) 905-295-4036
The Willoughby Historical Museum captures the history of Niagara Falls with a particular focus on reflecting rural life in Niagara Falls and the Battle of Chippawa.

Name: Battle Ground Hotel Museum
Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario
Website: http://www.niagarafallshistorymuseum.ca/index.php/museums/battle-ground-hotel-museum/ 
Contact: P) 905-358-5082
The museum is housed in a restored 1850s style tavern house. It includes period-furnished rooms and artifacts from the War of 1812. The museum provides visitors with the experience of tavern life in 19th century Ontario.

For directions and more information about these locations, visit their websites.

Funding for 1812 on the Niagara Frontier was provided by 
The Wilson Foundation, Warren and Barbara Goldring and Phil Lind.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013 21:30

1812 On the Niagara Frontier - History


A Brief Overview of the War of 1812

The War of 1812 was one of the most important historical events along the Niagara Frontier. For the people living in Upper Canada at the time, the war helped to create a uniquely Canadian identity. For Americans, it helped to prove the country was an international power. The war was fought as far south as New Orleans and as far north as Toronto and Lake Champlain, but nowhere was the fighting more intense than in the Niagara region. 

During the almost three years of war, the fighting never left the Niagara Frontier. The Niagara River had formed a natural political border between the United States and British controlled Canada since the end of the Revolutionary War. Land communication was difficult in the 1800s and both sides understood water routes were the superhighways that allowed trade and troops to flow into the continent. Control of the Great Lakes and the rivers along the Canada and U.S. border was crucial for the transport of supplies, men and information. 

In addition, both sides knew a determined enemy could cross the Niagara River and invade the vulnerable interior of New York or Upper Canada, the seat of British political power in Ontario. The Niagara River was protected on both sides of the border by a string of forts that saw heavy fighting throughout the war. Fighting in the region began in earnest with the Battle of Queenston Heights in October 1812 and continued until the end of the war.


The War of 1812 was the first time the United States of America had formally declared war on another nation. The war began officially on June 18, 1812 and lasted for over two years, ending with the United States ratifying the Treaty of Ghent in February of 1815. The war is considered to have ended as a stalemate but it did much to solidify both American and Canadian senses of identity.


For more information about the War of 1812, visit: http://www.pbs.org/wned/war-of-1812/home/



Funding for 1812 on the Niagara Frontier was provided by The Wilson Foundation, Warren and Barbara Goldring and Phil Lind.

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