Wednesday, 22 October 2014 16:02

Death Comes to Pemberley

A coach races up to a country house with a hysterical passenger shrieking, "Murder!" What better way to continue Jane Austen's immortal novel Pride and Prejudice? This delicious homage to Austen, adapted from P.D. James' clever whodunit, stars Anna Maxwell Martin ("The Bletchley Circle"), Matthew Rhys ("The Americans"), Matthew Goode ("The Good Wife") and Jenna Coleman ("Doctor Who"). Elizabeth and Darcy never knew marriage would be like this! Six years after the end of Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth and Darcy plan a ball with fatal consequences. A family enemy takes charge of the case.  

 

 Sundays at 9 p.m., October 26 and November 2, 2014 on WNED-TV

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Thursday, 09 October 2014 16:16

Composer of the Month Giuseppe Verdi

Happy birthday, Giuseppe Verdi!

Viva V.E.R.D.I  – “Viva Vittorio Emanuele Re D'Italia!” was the rallying cry of the Italian “Risorgimento,” (“Resurgence” or “Rising Again”) the 19th century movement for Italian unification that culminated in the establishment of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861 and Victor Emanuele II as king of Italy. 

How does the great operatic genius Giuseppe Verdi, born on Oct. 19, 1813, fit in to this?  A number of Italian opera composers were slyly inserting plot elements into their works that resonated with the “Risorgimenti.”  But, it was Verdi who was their best ally.

It wasn’t much of a stretch for Italians, whose country had been taken over by Austria, to connect with the words of “Va Pensiero,” especially with lines such as “O my country, so lovely and so lost.”  

Spreading throughout Italy, the slogan “Viva VERDI” expressed the people’s love for their favorite composer, Giuseppe Verdi, but it also had the secret meaning of “Viva Victor Emanuele, King of Italy.”  Even today, the chorus “Va Pensiero” is considered the unofficial national anthem of Italy.

 

This month’s classical composer profile was written by Peter Hall, Classical 94.5 WNED program host.

 

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Wednesday, 08 October 2014 14:25

Explore the Legacy of Great Ideas

Join best-selling author Steven Johnson to hear extraordinary stories behind remarkable ideas that made modern life possible, the unsung heroes who brought them about, and the unexpected and bizarre consequences each of these innovations triggered.

The six-part series, "How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson," begins with two back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 9 p.m. and continues Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on WNED-TV. 

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – In the race for the New York governor’s office, Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo, Republican candidate Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Party candidate Michael McDermott, will debate live from the WNED-TV studios in downtown Buffalo. “Election ‘14: The Race for Governor” will air on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. and is sponsored by The Buffalo News and WNED | WBFO.

The hour-long debate will be simulcast live on WNED-TV and WBFO-FM 88.7 and will be the only televised debate for the 2014 gubernatorial race. The debate will be offered for broadcast to public television and radio stations across the state.  Questions will be posed by three panelists, yet to be named. WBFO-FM News Director Brian Meyer will moderate.

New Yorkers from around the state will have the opportunity to submit questions to the candidates by visiting buffalonews.com/debate.

The live event is open to an invitation-only studio audience. Election ‘14: The Race for Governor” will be streamed online at WBFO.org (audio only) and buffalonews.com.

A press area with audio feed will be set up to accommodate local media outlets. To obtain required press credentials, contact Megan Wagner at (716) 845-7155 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. On the night of the debate, The Buffalo News will provide high-resolution photos and a story to any interested media outlets. For more information, contact Emily Kelley at (716) 849-4504.

 

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Saturday, 06 September 2014 00:00

Seven Percent

   

WNED-TV is one of the most watched PBS television stations. Since 1977, Classical 94.5 has offered round the clock classical music. WBFO is already a compelling News & Information station and is growing every day. All three of your stations could be so much stronger. But they need to be financially supported by the people that use them.

The PBS/NPR industry average of member-to-audience is 7%. WNED|WBFO are at only 4%, which is hard to understand. Hence, we are launching 7% Impact – an endeavor to bring the ratio up to industry standards and strengthen your public broadcasting stations’ programming. You can make the difference with your financial support! Be part of 7% Impact now.

Contribute to WNED-TV

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