Wednesday, 18 February 2015 19:59

PBS KIDS Writers Contest Stories

Published in Outreach & Education
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 18:01

Buffalo's First Ward

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.

Published in Individual Shows
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

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? 

  • 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 shared 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

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


Published in Outreach & Education
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 00:00

WBFO's Buffalo Blues Bash

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



Thank you to our Blues Bash sponsors!

GL LOGO 2015     Gowanda Harley Davidson  Buffalo Blues Bash sponsor WEB      

  Independent Health    Leonard Oakes Winery            



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.








This event is sold out!!

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. .






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

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


Past events


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


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