Monday, 28 September 2015 10:45

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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Monday, 28 September 2015 10:26

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.

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Monday, 28 September 2015 10:22

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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Monday, 28 September 2015 10:19

Correspondents & Contributors

WBFO is the only news radio station in Western New York with a dedicated reporter in the state capitol. Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt brings listeners key updates and insight into the business of the people, straight from the halls of power. DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations. She has covered state government and politics for the network for more than two decades.

WBFO reaches across our international border with Canada Correspondent Dan Karpenchuk, who is based in Toronto. The award-winning reporter covers binational issues, including economic trends, the environment, tourism and transportation. His reports for WBFO have included stories about Toronto's hot housing market, the energy industry and the failure of retail giant Target's foray into the Canadian market. He provides listeners with insights on Great Lakes issues, the arts, health trends and other topics that are important to our audience. His reports help listeners to better understand how residents on both sides of the border are impacted by issues and events.

WBFO also features special segments by local contributors, giving you an in depth look at the people and places that make Western New York a great and interesting place to live. They include award-winning journalist and former TV news anchor Rich Kellman, Buffalo Spree Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Licata, and Buffalo Spree Senior Editor Christa Glennie Seychew.

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Monday, 28 September 2015 10:04

Upstate Insight

Five upstate New York NPR stations, one multi-media newsroom.

In June 2014, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) awarded WBFO, WXXI Rochester, WSKG Binghamton, WRVO Oswego/Syracuse, and WMHT Schenectady/Albany a two-year, $375,000 grant to allow the five stations to create a single multi-media regional newsroom, known as Upstate Insight.

Upstate Insight is an innovative model for covering news across a large geographic area. Through increased collaboration on enterprise reporting, an emphasis on multi-reporter stories and coordinated deployment of reporters around significant stories, Upstate Insight provides more comprehensive coverage to communities across upstate New York. The five stations have developed a news data capability and adopted content sharing and communications systems to support connectivity between organizations.

CPB’s Senior Vice President, Radio, Bruce Theriault said, “The evolving media environment has opened doors to a host of collaborative opportunities across public media. We’re now seeing stations develop greater journalism capacity through partnerships, resource sharing and multi-platform production. Upstate Insight will follow this model and will provide the high-quality news and information needed by their communities.”

Upstate Insight incorporates stories from the Innovation Trail Local Journalism Center as well as resources in the Southern Tier, Central and Western New York and the Capitol District, including the Capitol Bureau in Albany, NY. An executive editor coordinates – in collaboration with reporters and news directors at each station – the production of news stories that focus on issues relevant to Upstate New Yorkers, including education, health, energy and the environment.

Upstate Insight is part of a CPB initiative to support multi-station alliances with the goal of increasing public media’s capacity to produce relevant, in-depth, multi-platform stories that inform and engage our communities.

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