WNED | WBFO Mission Statement

WNED ǀ WBFO is a trusted public media resource that enriches its audiences by providing educational, entertaining programming and services, as well as engaging the Western New York and Southern Ontario communities through cultural and civic involvement.


For 60 years, audiences have turned to member-supported WNED | WBFO as a powerful and trusted resource.

Today, WNED | WBFO is a leading binational public broadcasting organization operating three television stations and three radio stations, all locally programmed. Programs and outreach explore and address interests relevant to the Buffalo and Toronto area.

WNED-TV produces original documentaries for local and national audiences. Major productions include "The Warrior Tradition," “The Canadian Rockies by Rail,” “The War of 1812,” "Reimagining a Landmark," “Remembering Western New York,” “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo,” “Niagara Falls.” Nielsen figures show that WNED-TV is consistently the most watched PBS member station in the U.S. during primetime.

WNED thinkbright Create features the Create content service. This programming features exceptional how-to programming, featuring series and marathons in cooking, travel, arts and crafts, home improvement and more!

WNED PBS KIDS brings you your favorite PBS KIDS shows 24 hours a day on an additional television channel as well as a live stream on digital platforms, making it easy for children to watch their favorite series during primetime and other after-school hours when viewing among families is high. This new service expands the reach and impact that WNED | WBFO already has in our community, where we provide essential services for families.

Classical 94.5 WNED is the area’s 24-hour classical music service. The station harbors an ongoing broadcast and production relationship with the Grammy award-winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Tune in for a symphonies, operas and concerts by philharmonic orchestras around the world.

WBFO-FM 88.7 continues to produce award-winning news that makes it one of the top news stations in the area. The station is dedicated to providing the best in local news coverage to complement national and world coverage from NPR and the BBC. Other unique programming on WBFO includes “Wait Wait Don't Tell Me,” “Science Friday” as well as jazz and blues music, and the station regularly files reports for NPR.

JazzWorks, airing on WBFO HD-2, streams your favorite jazz songs 24/7. Access the station through the JazzWorks mobile app on your phone or tablet, or stream it on your computer.

WNED | WBFO's Education and Outreach team creates educational materials related to WNED | WBFO productions. These materials, which are free, include lesson plans, classroom posters and comprehensive program websites. WNED is the coordinating station for PBS TeacherLine NY and promotes literacy through projects like the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest.

Regardless of platform, all content serves the same purpose: to enlighten, inspire, entertain and educate all who tune in. With your support, WNED | WBFO continues to create and broadcast content that makes a difference — objective information, intelligent entertainment and enlightening perspectives — in the next 60 years and beyond.


The support WNED has received from our Southern Ontario viewers has enabled the station to enrich countless lives through the quality and impact of public television.