Wednesday, 18 February 2015 19:59

PBS KIDS Writers Contest Stories

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 18:01

Buffalo's First Ward

"Buffalo's First Ward" premieres on Monday, March 2 at 8 p.m.


The First Ward built Buffalo and, to some degree, America. The industries that blossomed along the shores of the Buffalo River and Lake Erie are largely responsible for creating Buffalo as a manufacturing and industrial powerhouse from the early 1800s through the mid-1900s. Buffalo’s industrial strength fueled American economic growth and expansion.

Watch the "Buffalo's First Ward" tease



“Buffalo’s First Ward,” airing Monday, March 2 at 8 p.m. on WNED-TV, tells the story of the treasured neighborhood through the voices of those who live there. The program captures feelings of camaraderie and through it teaches us about where Buffalo has been and also where it might be going.

The fortunes of the First Ward, and those who lived there, ebbed and flowed with the tide of industry. When industry boomed, so did the Ward. When times were lean, they were lean everywhere. “Buffalo’s First Ward” is the history of the neighborhood from its settling, through the initial shipping boom of the 1800s, the industrial boom of the early and mid-1900s, to its decline at the end of the 20th century and through to its rebirth today.


Published in Slideshow - Home Page
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 19:58

Getting College and Career Ready

Getting College & Career Ready
March 18, 2015
Buffalo National College Fair - Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Room 106A

The Common Core Learning Standards across the country all support the ideal of “college and career ready” as a major initiative for all graduates of high school. What does this mean to parents and students? Having a general understanding of options and choices available for their children is not adequate today in making decisions that include both college and careers. What are employers seeking and saying about entry-level career options and readiness? WNED|WBFO is sponsoring this town hall on college and career readiness as part of our Focus on Education project funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate initiative.

Come learn about answers to these questions:

  • Can high school graduates today afford not to go to college?
  • What kind of teaching and learning is happening in high school and are they aligned with college expectations?
  • Are there realistic career opportunities that are available to high school graduates without a degree, but some formal education beyond high school that colleges offer?
  • How can I ensure fair value for college costs and future employment outlooks for my children?
  • What is the economic climate in WNY and Buffalo for future career opportunities?

The following local experts will be sharing their insights to provide attendees with important information before attending the College Fair:

Ms. Elizabeth Callahan, director, Workforce Development, Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Dr. Nathan Daun-Barnett, associate professor, Graduate School of Education, SUNY at Buffalo
Dr. Steven Harvey, executive director, WNY College Connection
Dr. Susan McCartney, director, Small Business Development Center, Buffalo State College 
Mr. Darrell Slisz, director, Workforce and Education, Catholic Charities

Moderator - Dr. John Craig, vice president – education and outreach, WNED|WBFO

To register, email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 716.845.7000 x345

This town hall is being held at the Buffalo National College Fair, held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center on Wednesday, March 18 beginning at 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). The college fair begins at 6 p.m. and provides workshops and college admission staff from a host of colleges and universities.


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Tuesday, 10 February 2015 00:00

WBFO's Buffalo Blues Bash

Blues returns to WNED | WBFO on Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

Join us for another fantastic night of music in our studios! 


2015 WBFO's Buffalo Blues Bash performers:

GhostTownBluesBand webGhost Town Blues Band

Ghost Town Blues Band is a modern blues band with an intimate knowledge of both blues, rock and improvisational jams. At the same time, the band’s raw energy and intensity is reminiscent of some of the best blues that rock n' roll has ever offered. The band can turn on a dime from North Mississippi hill country grooves to classic electric urban blues and funk.  This Memphis-based, gritty, six-piece has been touring the U.S. since its inception in 2009, gaining a strong following within the blues and Jam Band circuit. Ghost Town Blues Band were 2nd place winners at the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn.


patti parksThe Patti Parks Band

The Patti Parks Band is one of Western New York’s most versatile and experienced groups, comprised of the most talented musicians that have come along in a long time. From original musical arrangements to blues to Motown and more, The Patti Parks Band is not the same old thing.







  • $18 - WNED | WBFO member discount
  • $20 - advanced purchase
  • $25 - at the door the night of the event (if not sold out)

    Purchase online
    or by phone at 1-800-678-1873.


Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tasty food, wine and beer will be available for purchase so come hungry and thirsty!

To find out how your company can be a WBFO Buffalo Blues Bash sponsor, contact Gordon Bayliss at 716-845-2201 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Thank you to our Blues Bash sponsors!

Gowanda Harley Davidson  Buffalo Blues Bash sponsor WEB



Published in Slideshow - Home Page
Thursday, 29 January 2015 13:56

Focus on Education

WNED|WBFO’s Focus on Education initiative is a two year reporting and outreach project that will examine the many challenges facing schools today. From the poor graduation rate in Buffalo to the controversy over Common Core Learning Standards throughout Western New York, our comprehensive coverage will inform and engage the community as it looks for the best solutions for students.

We will also examine the many efforts underway to improve education in Buffalo and Western New York, including programs such as Promise Neighborhood and Say Yes to Education.

Listen to all of the Focus on Education stories on WBFO here.


Upcoming Events

  • Getting College and Career Ready - March 18 - a town hall presented at the Buffalo College Fair - for more information and to register, click here...

  • Student Voices - Spring 2015 - WNED-TV broadcast all about the students - more information coming soon...


Focus on Education is part of American Graduate - a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


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