WBFO competed against public radio stations of similar size across the country for the prestigious PRNDI awards. Awards were presented to the WBFO news team for its breaking news coverage of a deadly shooting at the Erie County Medical Center; Chris Caya for his spot news coverage of a house explosion in Wilson; and Eileen Buckley, WBFO assistant news director, for best use of sound for her feature on the old War Memorial Stadium in Buffalo.
First place awards were earned by the following: Eileen Buckley was honored for General Excellence in Reporting. Jay Moran was awarded for Best Feature for his story regarding Routes to Art in May 2012. Mark Scott’s story for the Sabres Public Address announcer received Best Sports Coverage. General Excellence in the Use of the Medium was awarded to Eileen Buckley’s “Ode to the Rockpile.” Jim Ranney’s story regarding the Wilson House Explosion received Best Interview, and WBFO, as a whole, received Best Website.
Special Mention awards were awarded to Mike Desmond for General Excellence in Reporting, Eileen Buckley for Best Interview in “Gandhi’s Grandson,” Rich Kellman’s “War of 1812” was the Best News Series and Daniel Robison received Best Sports Coverage for “Kan-Jam.” Omar Fetouh, Jay Moran, Eileen Buckley, Mark Leitner and Jim Ranney received Spot News special mention for “ECMC Shooting.” The overall WBFO staff received Best Continuing Coverage for “Wallenda’s Wire Walk.”
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Megan M. Wagner
Director of Corporate Communications
WBFO-FM 88.7 News Contact: Jim Ranney
Station Manager and Director of News/Public Affairs