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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Published in WBFO 88.7 FM
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 15:35

Violist Leslie Bahler

 Building on the concept of synergy, Lewiston based poet Robert Giannetti and Buffalo based violist Leslie Bahler bring together words and music.  Their program of about 16 poems and musical examples will be in Youngstown, Saturday, April 25th at 7pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown.  In the conversation we hear how this collaboration came to be along with two examples of poetry and music.

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. 

Published in WBFO-FM Productions
Monday, 08 December 2014 15:40

Making A List

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Steve Levinthal


harpcon Concertos for Harp by Handel, Boieldieu & Mozart: (Valerie Milot, harp; Clare Marchand, flute; Les Violons de Roy, Bernard Labadie; Analekta CD 9990)..

Schubert QSchubert:  String Quintet in C (Cypress String Quartet; Gary Hoffman, cello; Avie CD 2307).

Manfred Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony (Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev; Pentatone SACD 5186387).

John Andres 

HewittMozart: Piano Concertos No. 22 in B-flat, K482 & No. 24 in C minor, K491 (Angela Hewitt, piano; National Arts Centre Orchestra, Hannu Lintu; Hyperion CD 68049).

Respighi Respighi: The Birds; Three Botticelli Pictures; Suite in G(Chamber Orchestra of New York; Salvatore Di Vittorio; Kyler Brown, organ; Naxos CD 8.573168).

wallaceWallace: William Wallace Symphonic Poem No. 5; Villon Symphonic Poem No. 6; The Passing of Beatrice Symphonic Poem No. 1; Sister Helen Symphonic Poem No. 3 (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins; Helios CD 55461).

Bob Berkman 

VW Film Film Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams vol 3: Vaughan Williams: music from The Story of a Flemish Farm; The Loves of Joanna Godden; and Bitter Springs (BBC Philharmonic, Rumon Gamba; Chandos CD 10368).

AchronJoseph Achron: Music for Violin and Piano (Michael Ludwig, violin; Alison d’Amato, piano; Naxos CD 8.573240).

PanoramaPanorama of American Piano Music 1911 – 1991 Ives thru Cage; Antheil to Zappa (Yvar Mikhashoff, piano; Mode 3 CDs 262).

Carl Lam

sextetTchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence String Sextet.  Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht for String Sextet (Emerson String Quartet, Paul Neubauer, viola; Colin Carr, cello; Sony CD 5470600).

AbbadoSchubert: Unfinished Symphony (Vienna Philharmonic)  Beethoven: Symphony No 2  Wagner: Siegfried Idyll (Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Claudio Abbado; Audite CD 95627).

BrahmsBrahms:  Symphonies 1-4; “Haydn” Variations; Academic Festival Overture; Tragic Overture (Gewandhaus Orchestra, Riccado Chailly; DG 3 CDs B002121502).

Lynne Engle 

WeilersteinDvorak: Cello Concerto; and works for cello and piano (Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiri Belohlávek Decca CD B001976502).

shoreShore: Music from film scores “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The Hobbit” trilogy, “Hugo:The Thief”, “The Twlight Saga”, ”The Departed”, “Gangs of New York”, “Ed Wood”, “Silence of the Lambs” and “Dead Ringers” (The City of Prague Philharmonic; Silva Screen CD 1396).

Mozart RequiemMozart:  Requiem (Dunedin Consort, John Butt; Linn CD 449).

Laura Deen Johnson

ASOVaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4; Dona nobis pacem; The Lark Ascending (Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano; ASO Media CD 1005).

GarancaElina Garanca Meditation: music by Gounod, Ugis Praulins, MascagniGomez, Vaskas, Puccini, Bizet Vavilov and Mozart (Elina Garanca, mezzo soprano; Deutsche Radio Philharmonic, Karel Chichon; Deutsche Grammophon CD B00213270).

SudbinBeethoven:  Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor  Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491 (Yevgeni Sudbin, piano; Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä; BIS SACD 1978).

Virginia Barron

YingSchumann: The String Quartets Op. 41: No. 1 in A minor, No. 2 in F, No. 3 in A (Ying Quartet; Sono Luminus CD 92184).

KaufmannSchubert: Winterreise (Jonas Kaufmann, tenor; Helmut Deutsch, piano; Sony CD 379563).

VerdiVerdi: Requiem (Barbara Frittoli, sop; Olga Borodina, mz; Mario Zeffiri, ten; Ildar Abdrazakov, bass; Chicago Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Riccardo Muti; CSO Resound CD 1006).

Bob Krum

2 cellosA Tale of Two Cellos Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber: Music by Saint-Saëns, Piazzolla, Monteverdi, Shostakovich et al (Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber cellos; Naxos CD 8.573251).

vengerovMaxim Vengerov: The Complete Recordings 1991- 2007 (Maxim Vengerov, violin with numerous orchestras; Warner Classics 19 CDs 631514).

Domingo_Domingo at the Met Legendary live performances from the radio archive of Met broadcasts of Tosca, La Traviata, Otello,  Rigoletto, Simon Boccanegra, Tales of Hoffman, Faust, Die Walküre, Parsifal, and Lohengrin (Placido Domingo, tenor; The Met Orchestra; Sony 3 CDs 72120).

Allison Collins

GriegGrieg: Incidental music to Olav Trygvason, Landkjenning and Sigurd Jorsalfar (Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Bjarte Engeset; Naxos CD 8.573045).

FibichFibich: Symphony No. 2; At Twilight; Idyllfor clarinet & orchestra (Irvin Venyš, clarinet; Czech National Symphony, Marek Štilec; Naxos CD 8.573175).

ZuilLSome Other Time music by Barber, Bernstein, Copland and Foss (Zuill Bailey, cello; Lara Downes, piano; Steinway and Sons CD 30025).

Ed. Simone 

prohaskaBehind the Lines Anna Prohaska: Leider and songs of war by Schumann, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Eisler, Ives and others (Anna Prohaska, soprano; Eric Schneider, piano; Deutsche Grammophon CD B 00209290).

LisaJ. S. Bach: Double Concerto for violin and oboe in C minor, BWV 1060; Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042; Sonata No. 2 for solo violin in A minor, BWV 1003 (Lisa Batiashvili, violin; Chamber Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Deutsche Grammophon CD 479 2479).

OscarA Tribute to Oscar Peterson music by Warren, Monk, Rodgers, Gershwin, Carmichael, Arlen and Ellington (Andrew Litton, piano; BIS SACD 2034).

Ron Santora

ReinerRimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade (Chicago Symphony, Fritz Reiner; Analogue Production Originals SACD 2446).

OundjianRimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade (Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Peter Oundjian; Chandos SACD 5145).

Star WarsJohn Williams: Star Wars Trilogy: The Original Soundtrack Anthology (London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams; Sony 4 CDs )

Peter Hall 

PlayJason Vieaux Play 17 short works for solo Guitar from the 17th to the 21st Century (Jason Vieaux, guitar; Azica CD 71287).

HahnIn 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores 27 short pieces commissioned by the violinist for encores (Hilary Hahn, violin; Cory Smith, piano; Deutsche Grammophon CD B0019103).

GliereGliere:  Symphony No. 3 Il’ya Muromets (Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, Naxos CD 8.573161).

Stratton Rawson

guiliniGuilini The Complete Sony Recordings:Music by Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Dvorak, Debussy, Ravel, Franck, Bach, Verdi, Mussorgsky, Schumann, Stravinsky and Vivaldi (Carlo Maria Guilini conducting Filarmonica della Scala, Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw; Sony 22 CDs 301464)

Britten.jpgBritten: The Performer The Complete Decca Recordings (Kathleen Ferrier, contralto; Peter Pears, tenor; Mstislav Rostropovich, cello; Sviatoslav Richter, Benjamin Britten, pianos; English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten; Decca27 CDs B001922102).

Westside.jpgBernstein:  West Side Story (Cheyenne Jackson, Alexandra Silber, Jessica Vosk, Kevin Vortmann, vocalists; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Chorus, San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas; San Francisco Symphony CD 0059).

Published in Programming Highlights
Thursday, 04 December 2014 14:20

Michael Ludwig Regarding Sibelius

Michael Ludwig, our BPO concertmaster for so many years, has left to pursue a career playing violin concertos with orchestras.  Guess which orchestra he's playing with this weekend!  That's right, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.  WNED spoke with Michael about his current life and the Sibelius Violin Concerto which he'll play Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at Kleinhans.