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
Saturdays
Noon Science Friday
3 p.m. This American Life (also airs on Sundays at 6 p.m.)
6 p.m. Day 6
Sundays
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.

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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.

Published in Programming Highlights
Monday, 28 September 2015 14:26

Theater Talk

Theater Talk on WBFO presents a lively discussion of the theater scene in and around Buffalo.

Dr. Anthony Chase of Buffalo State College’s Theater Department and WNED-FM host Peter Hall dish the dirt about the great (and not so great) current theater offerings.

Chase is a fixture in the Buffalo theater scene and sees about 300 plays every year.

Peter Hall is an avid theater-goer and afternoon host for Classical 94.5 WNED.

Published in Programming Highlights
Monday, 28 September 2015 14:22

Press Pass

Press Pass takes you behind the scenes of Western New York with members of the media who are immersed in what’s going on. Each week, WBFO covers a variety of issues with contributors including:

Buffalo News School Zone reporter Tiffany Lankes examines the latest changes in Western New York education with WBFO’s Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley.

Buffalo Business First reporter Jim Fink reviews business buzz with WBFO Morning Edition Host Jay Moran.

Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark chats with WBFO Blues Host Pat Feldballe about the latest movies and film productions happening in Western New York.

Buffalo Spree Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Licata talks about the lifestyle of Western New Yorkers with WBFO’s Mark Scott.

Press Pass airs Tuesdays at 5:45 a.m., 7:45 a.m., and 9:45 a.m. on WBFO.

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