Monday, 28 September 2015 14:22

Press Pass

Press Pass takes you behind the scenes of Western New York with members of the media who are immersed in what’s going on. Each week, WBFO covers a variety of issues with contributors including:

Buffalo News School Zone reporter Tiffany Lankes examines the latest changes in Western New York education with WBFO’s Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley.

Buffalo Business First reporter Jim Fink reviews business buzz with WBFO Morning Edition Host Jay Moran.

Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark chats with WBFO Blues Host Pat Feldballe about the latest movies and film productions happening in Western New York.

Buffalo Spree Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Licata talks about the lifestyle of Western New Yorkers with WBFO’s Mark Scott.

Press Pass airs Tuesdays at 5:45 a.m., 7:45 a.m., and 9:45 a.m. on WBFO.

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Monday, 28 September 2015 14:19

Correspondents & Contributors

WBFO is the only news radio station in Western New York with a dedicated reporter in the state capitol. Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt brings listeners key updates and insight into the business of the people, straight from the halls of power. DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations. She has covered state government and politics for the network for more than two decades.

WBFO reaches across our international border with Canada Correspondent Dan Karpenchuk, who is based in Toronto. The award-winning reporter covers binational issues, including economic trends, the environment, tourism and transportation. His reports for WBFO have included stories about Toronto's hot housing market, the energy industry and the failure of retail giant Target's foray into the Canadian market. He provides listeners with insights on Great Lakes issues, the arts, health trends and other topics that are important to our audience. His reports help listeners to better understand how residents on both sides of the border are impacted by issues and events.

WBFO also features special segments by local contributors, giving you an in depth look at the people and places that make Western New York a great and interesting place to live. They include award-winning journalist and former TV news anchor Rich Kellman, Buffalo Spree Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Licata, and Buffalo Spree Senior Editor Christa Glennie Seychew.

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Monday, 28 September 2015 14:04

Upstate Insight

Five upstate New York NPR stations, one multi-media newsroom.

In June 2014, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) awarded WBFO, WXXI Rochester, WSKG Binghamton, WRVO Oswego/Syracuse, and WMHT Schenectady/Albany a two-year, $375,000 grant to allow the five stations to create a single multi-media regional newsroom, known as Upstate Insight.

Upstate Insight is an innovative model for covering news across a large geographic area. Through increased collaboration on enterprise reporting, an emphasis on multi-reporter stories and coordinated deployment of reporters around significant stories, Upstate Insight provides more comprehensive coverage to communities across upstate New York. The five stations have developed a news data capability and adopted content sharing and communications systems to support connectivity between organizations.

CPB’s Senior Vice President, Radio, Bruce Theriault said, “The evolving media environment has opened doors to a host of collaborative opportunities across public media. We’re now seeing stations develop greater journalism capacity through partnerships, resource sharing and multi-platform production. Upstate Insight will follow this model and will provide the high-quality news and information needed by their communities.”

Upstate Insight incorporates stories from the Innovation Trail Local Journalism Center as well as resources in the Southern Tier, Central and Western New York and the Capitol District, including the Capitol Bureau in Albany, NY. An executive editor coordinates – in collaboration with reporters and news directors at each station – the production of news stories that focus on issues relevant to Upstate New Yorkers, including education, health, energy and the environment.

Upstate Insight is part of a CPB initiative to support multi-station alliances with the goal of increasing public media’s capacity to produce relevant, in-depth, multi-platform stories that inform and engage our communities.

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Sunday, 27 September 2015 14:14

You & The Law

You & The Law tells the story of how the legal system works, straight from the minds of practicing lawyers. In a weekly question and answer session with WBFO veteran reporter Mike Desmond, legal professionals discuss the fields in which they practice and how the system affects clients and the public. Topics cover everything from buying and selling real property to immigration and reemployment for foreign students. Find out how the law affects your life with You & The Law, every Friday at 5:45 p.m. on WBFO.

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Monday, 21 September 2015 17:51

WBFO-FM 88.7 Strengthens Program Schedule

WBFO-FM 88.7 is strengthening its commitment to news with the addition of two new weekly series. Beginning October 5, 2015, the Monday through Friday lineup will feature “The Takeaway” at 2 p.m. and “The World” at 3 p.m.

“The Takeaway” is hosted by well-known public radio host John Hockenberry. Its one-hour format features conversations with newsmakers and diverse voices, and relies on contributions from listeners across the country to deliver different perspectives and analysis about daily events. “The Takeaway” also incorporates news leaders from the series’ producing partners, The New York Times and WGBH/Boston.

“The World” is a one-hour, news magazine series which offers a mix of news, features, interviews, and culture from around the globe. Hosted by Marco Werman and co-produced by WGBH/Boston, PRI and the BBC World Service, the series features the day’s most interesting global stories and reminds us just how small our planet really is.

To accommodate these new series, “Fresh Air” will move from the 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday timeslot to 10:00 p.m. The current 7:00 p.m. broadcast of “Fresh Air” will continue.

WBFO is further enhancing its schedule with changes to the existing lineup. “Science Friday,” “This American Life,” “Zorba Paster on Your Health,” “Day 6,” and the ever popular “Living on Earth” will all air in stronger timeslots in the weekly schedule. By time, the changes are as follows:

Monday – Friday
2 p.m. The Takeaway
3 p.m. The World

Noon Science Friday
3 p.m. This American Life (also airs on Sundays at 6 p.m.)
6 p.m. Day 6

3 p.m. Zorba Paster on Your Health
4 p.m. Living on Earth (also airs on Sundays at 6 a.m.)

New series, fewer repeats, and better placement for existing programs offer our members the opportunity to discover and enjoy more quality news and information content. Be sure to tune in on Monday, October 5 and listen to our new program mix. And don’t forget to let us know what you think about the new schedule!


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