Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

Frederick Law Olmsted Designing America

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“Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America” to air Friday, June 20 at 9 p.m. EDT on PBS

BUFFALO, N.Y. - WNED-TV Buffalo-Toronto presents a new documentary, “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America,” coming to PBS Friday, June 20 at 9 p.m. EDT (check local listings). The film offers viewers a glimpse into the life of the most successful landscape architect to have ever lived. From co-designing Central Park to leading the campaign to protect Niagara Falls, Frederick Law Olmsted made public parks and preservation an essential part of American life.

The program explores the enormous contributions of Olmsted to the American landscape, as well as his marked failures and loss. He was co-designer of Central Park, head of the first Yosemite commission, leader of the campaign to protect Niagara Falls, designer of the U.S. Capitol Grounds, site planner for the Great White City of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, planner of Boston’s “Emerald Necklace” of green space and of park systems in many other cities. Olmsted’s pioneering design of the public parks and parkway systems in Buffalo, N.Y., is the oldest coordinated system in America and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“Olmsted has a double legacy. On the one hand, he’s a super pragmatist; he’s a problem solver. At the same time, he’s a dreamer. What his parks are all about is finding immensely practical solutions to the problem of building a dream in the middle of a city,” says writer Adam Gopnik.

To the pioneer of American landscape architecture, a park was both a work of art and a necessity for urban life. Olmsted’s efforts to preserve nature created an “environmental ethic” decades before the environmental movement became a force in American politics.

“`Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America’ documents the life, work and legacy of an extraordinary figure,” said Donald K. Boswell, WNED | WBFO president and CEO. “We are thrilled to tell his astonishing story. Over a hundred years later, the impact and genius of Olmsted’s system of parks and green spaces still works. ”

“Olmsted may have been the first truly talented and forward thinking urban planner in the U.S.,” said the film’s director Lawrence Hott. “How cities are designed, how we live and work in urban areas, how we build and utilize public open spaces, are some of the more important issues facing American cities today. Olmsted knew that 150 years ago.” With gorgeous cinematography, creative animation, and compelling commentary, “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America” presents the biography of a man who forever changed the Americans’ relationship with public open spaces.

“Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America” is a co-production of WNED-TV Buffalo-Toronto and Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc. The documentary is narrated by Stockard Channing and the voice of Olmsted is performed by Campbell Scott. More information can

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Funding provided by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor and The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation. With funding provided by HSBC, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and The C.E. & S. Foundation. With additional support from The Peter C. Cornell Trust and Mass Humanities.

WNED-TV long ago established itself as an originator of television content for PBS; WNEDTV was the founder of the Emmy Award winning “Reading Rainbow” series and was the producer of the popular Mark Russell Comedy Specials for PBS. In recent years, WNED-TV has expanded its position by becoming a significant producer of original high-definition television and online content for local and national distribution. National productions broadcast on PBS include: “The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain,” “The War of 1812,” “Underground Railroad: The William Still Story,” “Chautauqua: An American Narrative,” “Window to the Sea,” “The Adirondacks,” “The Marines,” “Niagara Falls,” “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo,” and “Elbert Hubbard: An American Original.”

Published in Television
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

Downton Abbey Season 4

The wait for Downton Abbey Season 4 is over!

The new season airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on WNED-TV, beginning Jan. 5.

Season 4 of the international hit, “Downton Abbey,” finds the aristocrats coping with last season’s shocking finale. Change is in the air as three generations of the Crawley family have conflicting interests in the estate. Paul Giamatti makes an appearance alongside the beloved returning ensemble, including Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, guest star Shirley MacLaine and many others.


Published in Featured Stories
Friday, 20 December 2013 00:00

Sherlock Season 3

Many have voiced their concerns about the upcoming season of Sherlock. 

WNED-TV feels the first two seasons of Sherlock were so compelling and great we decided to re-air them each on Thursday evenings beginning at 9 p.m.

Published in Individual Shows
Friday, 13 December 2013 17:15

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Friday, 06 December 2013 13:59

WNED-TV Regional Productions

Focus on Education: Student Voices

In education reform, we consistently hear from state and local leaders, school boards and district superintendents on change and student performance. Many times students are not directly asked what their concerns are or the challenges they face in meeting these expectations. WNED | WBFO hosted 42 students from 13 area high schools to discuss their concerns. From these discussions, it was determined that the three most prevalent concerns of the students were personal matters and peer relationships, family and home environment, and existing school support systems. WNED | WBFO invited back seven of these students to share their stories and insights with classmates, staff and the viewing audience. Program hosts, WBFO News Director, Brian Meyer, and Senior Reporter, Eileen Buckley explore what students are saying about their daily struggles in and out of school. 

Visit the Focus on Education: Student Voices web page

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 fuelled American economic growth and expansion.

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Target Prevention

Target Prevention, a WNED-TV original production, will show you the most effective things you can do to take control of your health. Research demonstrates the positive impact of exercise and good nutrition. Small choices we make everyday really do impact our health. We also need to make certain that we take advantage of screening tests that lead to early detection, better treatment and even prevention. Our “targets” with this program are cardiovascular disease and cancer focusing on high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and colon cancer.

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Making A Difference

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 program highlights eight individuals in a half-hour television documentary on WNED-TV and with radio reports on WBFO-FM 88.7.

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Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction

Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction shares the experiences of young people from Western New York who are struggling with addiction recovery. Most of the young people are making progress towards wellness and they discuss their long term fight for recovery; others have not been as fortunate. By utilizing their personal stories backed by addiction treatment specialists, researchers and parent insights, the hope is to raise awareness and advocacy for this serious epidemic in our community. Prescription painkiller addiction has no gender, race, or social status symbolism; it can affect anyone, at any age.

Visit the Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction website

Tragedy and Hope: Stories of Painkiller Addiction educator resources on PBS LearningMedia


The Great Erie County Fair

As the summer peaks in Western New York, the Erie County Fair becomes the talk of the town. For 12 days every August, the fairgrounds in Hamburg draw more than a million visitors to the exhibition halls, animal barns, commercial displays, midway and entertainment arenas. From austere beginnings to its current incarnation as a sometimes colorful, often overwhelming and always fascinating event, the Erie County Fair has become an institution. The Great Erie County Fair, a WNED-TV original production, celebrates 175 years of tradition and documents all the charm, excitement, stories and competitive spirit that animate the fair.

Watch The Great Erie County Fair online and add your comments to the video


If Our Water Could Talk

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 freshwater is one of Western New York’s greatest resources. If Our Water Could Talk is a WNED|WBFO multi-media initiative that includes a television documentary, a community forum on the future of the Outer Harbor, radio reports, a website, educational materials and community engagement.

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If Our Water Could Talk educator resources


1812 on the Niagara Frontier

The War of 1812 was one of the most important historical events along the Niagara Frontier. It had a profound impact on the development of both the United States and Canada and is still relevant to both countries today. 1812 on the Niagara Frontier is a local, contemporary follow up to the WNED-TV production The War of 1812. 1812 on the Niagara Frontier explores sites around the Niagara region dedicated to preserving and presenting this history to the public. The program focuses on the sites as destinations and captures the visitor experience at each location. From cannon firings and musket demonstrations, to interactive museums and costumed reenactments, 1812 on the Niagara Frontier captures the passion each of these unique locations brings to the history of the War of 1812.

Visit the 1812 on the Niagara Frontier website


My Health Counts!

More and more we are facing chronic conditions and are being asked to make important decisions about our own health. That can be a frightening prospect—or an empowering one. When it comes to health care, patients have more power than they think.
My Health Counts!, WNED-TV six-part series, focuses on the fundamentals of health and wellness—encouraging people to partner with their doctors and other members of their healthcare team; fostering self-management skills and giving people a better understanding of how to recognize and receive quality care.

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Life Journeys Solutions for Caregivers

Life Journeys Solutions for Caregivers is a four-part public television series that takes a closer look at the trials and triumphs of family caregiving. With 50 million Americans playing this pivotal role in the life of a sick or elderly loved one, the need for informational and empowering television programming has never been greater. Join host, Susan Hunt, a well-known Buffalo producer and experienced caregiver, explore a wide range of issues and topics that will help families increase their knowledge and skills, while decreasing their levels of stress.

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The WNED-TV Production Catalog

WNED-TV’s award-winning production team originates content to shine the spotlight on the treasures and history of Western New York and Southern Ontario. Building on its mission to “educate, inform, enlighten and entertain,” WNED-TV productions have contributed significantly to our communities.

Through partnerships with numerous local organizations, WNED-TV’s programs have increased awareness about crucial health-related issues; historical events and figures; unique natural and cultural assets; and important education topics.

You may remember many of our local productions.

  • Remembering Toronto (1998) takes a nostalgic look at the Toronto of the ‘20s to the ‘50s.
  • The Pan American Experience (2001) tells the story of the 1901 World’s Fair. WNED-TV’s first high-definition production,
  • Buffalo’s Houses of Worship (2002), explores the city’s sacred architecture.
  • WNED-TV then partnered with Rogers Television to produce Toronto’s Houses of Worship (2004).
  • The Our Town (2003-2012) series tells the stories of the distinct communities of our region through the eyes of its residents.
  • Buffalo native, Christine Baranski, narrates Polonia: Western New York’s Polish-American Legacy (2005) detailing the history and cultural richness of our region’s Polish-American community.
  • Some of the most intriguing and entertaining tales of people who have risked their lives to challenge Niagara Falls are featured in Daredevils of Niagara Falls (2006).
  • Dangerous Silence (2007) presents an open and honest portrayal of the complex dynamics of AIDS/HIV in the Buffalo/Niagara region.
  • Buffalo’s Wild Bill Donovan (2007) reflects on the life and legacy of the man President Eisenhower called “the Last Hero.”
  • Demystifying Dyslexia (2007) sheds light on this often misunderstood condition through personal stories, educational best practices and the latest scientific research.
  • Wineries of Western New York and the Finger Lakes and Wineries of Canada’s Niagara Peninsula (2007) journey along regional wine trails, exploring history, natural beauty and quality wines along the way.
  • Herbert Hauptman: Portrait of a Laureate (2008) portrays both the scientist and the man, reflecting on the significance of the Nobel Prize winner’s contributions.
  • Remembering Crystal Beach Park (2008) preserves the memories of the beloved lakeside amusement park.
  • Through a series of video postcards, Western New York A TO Z (2009) explores sites that set the Buffalo Niagara region apart.
  • Buffalo’s Voices of Steel (2010) honors the contributions of all who labored for the industrial giants that drove the mid- to-late 20th century American economy.
  • Don’t Touch That Dial (2010) looks back at the great memories in Buffalo broadcasting.
  • Hockey, More than a Game (2011) explores hockey history and culture, offering an insightful, intimate look at the game described as “Canada’s gift to the world.”

As a leading producer of single-topic documentaries, our national and regional broadcasts have been seen by millions of people across the continent, stimulating cultural and heritage tourism to the Buffalo/Niagara/Toronto region.

“WNED-TV’s productions are thoroughly researched, beautifully written and artfully shot. In documenting the breadth and depth of the cultural and historic richness of Western New York, WNED-TV has captured the imaginations of audiences both within and outside the region, boosting the community’s self-image and promoting it to potential visitors.”

--Edward J. Healy, Vice President for Marketing
Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitor’s Bureau


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