JoAnn Falletta's only local appearance this summer will be Monday, July 20th at the Shaw Festival, featuring Marko Topchii, winner of the 2014 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition and Atis Bankas, violinist and artistic director of Music Niagara, featuring music by Rodrigo, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Rossini. WNED recently spoke with the guitarist at home in Ukraine.
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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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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.
“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.