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.
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.
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.
Arts Canisius presents Mostly Mozarts featuring a performance by the Camerata di Sant’ Antonio and the Canisius College Chorale Friday evening October 24 at 7:30 at the Montante Cultural Center on the Main Street campus of Canisius College in Buffalo. WNED's Peter Hall (who gives the pre-concert talk at 7:00pm) spoke with their Music Director, Chris Weber..