“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.

“The selection process was awe-inspiring,” said Donald K. Boswell, WNED ǀ WBFO president and CEO. “We read story after story of the remarkable work that’s being done to strengthen Western New York and are thrilled that we can tell the stories of eight very deserving honorees.” 

 “Making a Difference,” which airs Monday, Feb. 2 at 9 p.m. on WNED-TV, will highlight eight individuals in a half-hour television documentary and with radio spotlights airing throughout February on WBFO-FM 88.7.

“Making a Difference” honorees include:

  • Aaron Bartley (Co-Founder, PUSH Buffalo)
  • Sr. Janet DiPasquale (LCSW / Director, TRY – Teaching and Restoring Youth)
  • Myron Glick, M.D. (Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Jericho Road Community Health Center)
  • Ken Hansen (President, Amanda Hansen Foundation)
  • Willie “Hutch” Jones (President, Willie “Hutch” Jones Educational and Sports Programs)
  • Greg Kowal (Wish Kid and volunteer fundraiser for The Make-A-Wish Foundation)
  • John Mika (Founder, The Teacher’s Desk)
  • MarCe Zerrate (Founder, Amor and Heritage Dance Company and ColombiaWNY.org)

WNED ǀ WBFO is currently seeking nominations for the 2015 program. Individuals wishing to nominate a community hero can fill out an online form at wned.org or request a paper nomination form by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling (716) 845-7000, ext. 251.

“Making a Difference” is funded in part by First Niagara Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable foundation committed to supporting organizations that make a difference in our communities.

Through WNED-TV, ThinkBright and Well/WORLD TV, Classical 94.5 WNED and WBFO-FM 88.7, member-supported WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto provides high quality programming and services to local, regional and national audiences that enlighten, inspire, entertain and educate Western New York and Southern Ontario communities. Additional information about WNED ǀ WBFO can be found at wned.org.

 

WNED ǀ WBFO Media Contact:
Megan M. Wagner
Director of Corporate Communications
(716) 845.7155 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

WNED ǀ WBFO Production Contact:
Lynne Bader
Senior Producer 
(716) 845-7000, ext. 251 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

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Monday, 29 December 2014 19:24

Behind the Bench

 WBFO-FM 88.7 is introducing a new weekly segment to its morning news lineup during the Buffalo Sabres season. 

 

WBFO’s “Behind the Bench” will provide enlightening and lively analysis on the Sabres. The weekly chats will premiere on Thursday, Jan. 8 and will be heard Thursdays at 5:45 a.m., 7:45 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. WBFO’s Omar Fetouh and Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe will discuss developments and trends both on and off the ice. 

 

Bill Hoppe is a well-known reporter who has been covering the Sabres for numerous media organizations for more than a decade. They include the Olean Times Herald, The Niagara Gazette, the Associated Press and MSG. The St. Bonaventure University graduate lives in Williamsville. 

 

Omar Fetouh is a Buffalo native and a life-long Sabres fan who has been covering news for public radio in Buffalo for more than a decade. 

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – In the race for the New York governor’s office, Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo, Republican candidate Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Party candidate Michael McDermott, will debate live from the WNED-TV studios in downtown Buffalo. “Election ‘14: The Race for Governor” will air on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. and is sponsored by The Buffalo News and WNED | WBFO.

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