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“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.

“The selection process was awe-inspiring,” said Donald K. Boswell, WNED ǀ WBFO president and CEO. “We read story after story of the remarkable work that’s being done to strengthen Western New York and are thrilled that we can tell the stories of eight very deserving honorees.” 

 “Making a Difference,” which airs Monday, Feb. 2 at 9 p.m. on WNED-TV, will highlight eight individuals in a half-hour television documentary and with radio spotlights airing throughout February on WBFO-FM 88.7.

“Making a Difference” honorees include:

  • Aaron Bartley (Co-Founder, PUSH Buffalo)
  • Sr. Janet DiPasquale (LCSW / Director, TRY – Teaching and Restoring Youth)
  • Myron Glick, M.D. (Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Jericho Road Community Health Center)
  • Ken Hansen (President, Amanda Hansen Foundation)
  • Willie “Hutch” Jones (President, Willie “Hutch” Jones Educational and Sports Programs)
  • Greg Kowal (Wish Kid and volunteer fundraiser for The Make-A-Wish Foundation)
  • John Mika (Founder, The Teacher’s Desk)
  • MarCe Zerrate (Founder, Amor and Heritage Dance Company and ColombiaWNY.org)

WNED ǀ WBFO is currently seeking nominations for the 2015 program. Individuals wishing to nominate a community hero can fill out an online form at wned.org or request a paper nomination form by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling (716) 845-7000, ext. 251.

“Making a Difference” is funded in part by First Niagara Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable foundation committed to supporting organizations that make a difference in our communities.

Through WNED-TV, ThinkBright and Well/WORLD TV, Classical 94.5 WNED and WBFO-FM 88.7, member-supported WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto provides high quality programming and services to local, regional and national audiences that enlighten, inspire, entertain and educate Western New York and Southern Ontario communities. Additional information about WNED ǀ WBFO can be found at wned.org.

 

WNED ǀ WBFO Media Contact:
Megan M. Wagner
Director of Corporate Communications
(716) 845.7155 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

WNED ǀ WBFO Production Contact:
Lynne Bader
Senior Producer 
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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.

Billy the Kid and the Regulators, finalists in the 2014 International Blues Challenge, to headline

BUFFALO, N.Y. – WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto is pleased to announce the 2014 WBFO’s Buffalo Blues Bash on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the WNED ǀ WBFO studios.

Brad Mazon, Ph.D. has been named as director of foundation and community development at WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto. Mazon, of West Seneca, has previously served as the dean for resource development for the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI) where he developed, monitored, and promoted all phases of external funding activities, including public and private funding relationships. He raised approximately $3.75 million in public and private sector support in Asia and North America for the college.

Thursday, 26 June 2014 18:05

WBFO-FM 88.7 NAMES NEWS DIRECTOR

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Brian Meyer has been named as News Director at WBFO-FM 88.7.

Meyer, of Buffalo, has previously served as a city government writer, business writer and most recently, a digital media producer at The Buffalo News. Previous to his time at the News, the St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and Marquette University graduate was the managing editor at WBEN.

“The Great Erie County Fair,” honoring the Fair’s 175th anniversary, will air on Monday, June 2 at 8 p.m.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Erie County Fair, a time-honored community tradition, will be celebrated in a new documentary from WNED-TV on Monday, June 2 at 8 p.m.The Great Erie County Fair,” a WNED-TV original production, commemorates 175 years of tradition and documents all the charm, excitement, stories and competitive spirit that animate the Fair.

The honor was conferred at the 3rd Annual Buffalo Excellence in Media Awards (BEMA's), which honors Western New York Broadcasters. The awards recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals and radio and television companies in the region. WBFO News reporter Ashley Hirtzel was also recognized as one of the finalists for the Rising Star Award. Read complete details on wbfo.org.

 

"If Our Water Could Talk," a WNED-TV documentary, will be followed by a community discussion on the future of Buffalo’s Outer Harbor on Monday, May 12 at 9 p.m.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – As part of a multifaceted WNED ǀ WBFO community initiative, a 30-minute documentary "If Our Water Could Talk," which goes in-depth into our area’s most valuable resource, will air on WNED-TV on Monday, May 12 at 9 p.m. Following the documentary, "Buffalo's Outer Harbor - A Community Discussion," a conversation with a panel of experts about the potential options for Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, will air at 9:30 p.m.

"Schools at a Crossroads: Interviews with Buffalo School Board Candidates" airs Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto and The Buffalo News are collaborating to present a series of in-depth, individual interviews with candidates for the Buffalo Board of Education. "Schools at a Crossroads: Interviews with Buffalo School Board Candidates" will air Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m. and be rebroadcast Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. The program will air on WNED-TV leading up to the election and the interview segments will be available on wbfo.org and buffalonews.com.

"If Our Water Could Talk” seeking photos of local waterways for television event and website

BUFFALO, N.Y. – More than 22 percent of the city of Buffalo is water and the region lies within the largest fresh water system in the world. The abundance of fresh water is one of Western New York’s greatest resources.  WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto is introducing a multimedia project, “If Our Water Could Talk,” which will go in-depth into our area’s most valuable resource – water.

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