Thursday, 08 October 2015 20:12

The Blues on WBFO

Every weekend, WBFO presents great music from Buffalo and around the world with dynamic host and Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Famer Pat Feldballe.

Tune in to The Blues on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 p.m. to midnight.


Every weekend, WBFO presents great music from Buffalo and around the world with dynamic host and Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Famer Pat Feldballe.


Tune in to The Blues on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Published in Programming Highlights
Monday, 28 September 2015 20:40

Focus on Education

There is perhaps no issue more important to the future of Buffalo and Western New York than education.

WNED|WBFO’s Focus on Education initiative is a reporting and outreach project that examines the many challenges facing schools today. From the poor graduation rate in Buffalo to the controversy over Common Core Learning Standards, our comprehensive coverage informs and engages the community as it looks for solutions for students.

WBFO’s newsroom has produced hundreds of stories featuring a cross-section of topics and diversity in education in the Western New York community. Recognized by community stakeholders, WBFO’s Focus on Education has been a participant in educational panels and events to inform the public about what students need to graduate.

We 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.

This exciting initiative is funded by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and is part of American Graduate – Let’s Make It Happen! – a public media initiative to address the dropout crisis.

Published in Programming Highlights
Monday, 28 September 2015 14:51

Strengthening WBFO's Programming Schedule

WBFO-FM 88.7 is strengthening its commitment to news with the addition of two new weekly series. Beginning October 5, 2015, the Monday through Friday lineup will feature "The Takeaway" at 2 p.m. and "The World" at 3 p.m.

"The Takeaway" is hosted by well-known public radio host John Hockenberry. Its one-hour format features conversations with newsmakers and diverse voices, and relies on contributions from listeners across the country to deliver different perspectives and analysis about daily events. "The Takeaway" also incorporates news leaders from the series' producing partners, The New York Times and WGBH/Boston.

"The World" is a one-hour news magazine series which offers a mix of news, features, interviews, and culture from around the globe. Hosted by Marco Werman and co-produced by WGBH/Boston, PRI and the BBC World Service, the series features the day's most interesting global stories and reminds us just how small our planet really is.

WBFO is further enhancing its schedule with changes to the existing lineup. "Science Friday," "This American Life," "Zorba Paster on Your Health," "Day 6" and the ever-popular "Living on Earth" will all air in stronger timeslots in the weekly schedule. By time, the changes are as follows:

Monday - Friday
2 p.m. The Takeaway
3 p.m. The World
Noon Science Friday
3 p.m. This American Life (also airs on Sundays at 6 p.m.)
6 p.m. Day 6
3 p.m. Zorba Paster on Your Health
4 p.m. Living on Earth (also airs on Sundays at 6 a.m.)

New series, fewer repeats and better placement for existing programs offer our members the opportunity to discover and enjoy more quality news and information content. Be sure to tune in and listen to our new program mix and don't forget to let us know what you think about the new schedule!

Published in Programming Highlights
Monday, 28 September 2015 14:47

Morning Edition

Every weekday for over three decades, NPR's Morning Edition has taken listeners around the country and the world with two hours of multi-faceted stories and commentaries that inform, challenge and occasionally amuse. Morning Edition is the most listened-to news radio program in the country.

A bi-coastal, 24-hour news operation, Morning Edition is hosted by NPR's Steve Inskeep and David Greene in Washington, D.C., and Renee Montagne at NPR West in Culver City, CA. These hosts often get out from behind the anchor desk and travel around the world to report on the news firsthand. In Buffalo, the local end of Morning Edition is hosted by WBFO’s Jay Moran and produced by Cheryl Hagen.

Heard regularly on Morning Edition are some of the most familiar voices including news analyst Cokie Roberts and sport commentator Frank Deford as well as the special series StoryCorps, which travels the country recording America's oral history.

Produced and distributed by NPR in Washington, D.C., Morning Edition draws on reporting from correspondents based around the world, and producers and reporters in locations in the United States. This reporting is supplemented by NPR Member Station reporters across the country as well as independent producers and reporters throughout the public radio system. Buffalo’s team features seasoned reporters with roots in Western New York, plus correspondent coverage from New York’s Capitol and across the border in Canada. Together, they bring you the local news you need to start your day in the know.

Since its debut on November 5, 1979, Morning Edition has garnered broadcasting's highest honors, including the George Foster Peabody Award and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

Morning Edition airs weekdays from 5 - 10 a.m.

Published in Programming Highlights
Monday, 28 September 2015 14:45

Beyond the Playbook

WBFO goes Beyond the Playbook of Buffalo Bills football with commentator Matt Sabuda and Morning Edition host Jay Moran.

Listen as Matt and Jay go beyond merely previewing or recapping gridiron action. Their twice-a-week chats offer a broader perspective, highlighting trends and developments with the Bills on and off the field.

Beyond the Playbook airs Monday and Friday mornings at 7:40 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. during the Bills season.

Matt Sabuda is a life-long Bills fan and season ticket-holder who is a founding director of the Buffalo Fan Alliance. He is frequently interviewed by local radio and television stations and has contributed perspectives on football to numerous publications. He previously worked in media relations for the Buffalo Bills.

Jay Moran hosts Morning Edition for WBFO. His radio career in the Buffalo region spans three decades.

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