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ThinkBright and Well/WORLD TV continues its commitment to quality health and wellness programming. Also in the mix are outstanding news and information shows as well as independent films with a global perspective.
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"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.
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“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.
Getting College & Career ReadyMarch 18, 2015 Buffalo National College Fair - Buffalo Niagara Convention Center 5:00 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.
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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 & Education, Catholic Charities
Moderator - Dr. John Craig, Vice President – Education & Outreach – WNED|WBFO
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This town hall is being held at the Buffalo National College Fair, held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 beginning at 5:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). The college fair begins at 6:00 pm and provides workshops and college admission staff from a host of colleges & universities.
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:
Ghost 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.
The 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.
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
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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.
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Getting College and Career Ready - March 18, 2015 - a town hall presented at the Buffalo College Fair - for more information and to register, click here...
Focus on Education is part of American Graduate - a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
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