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WBFO Buffalo's NPR Station

WBFO, Buffalo Toronto Public Media's NPR station, operates the largest radio newsroom in Western New York. Our staff has nearly four centuries of combined experience. In recent years, WBFO has won more Associated Press awards than any other radio station – public or commercial – in the state. The station’s reporting on a range of issues has also won numerous national and regional awards.

In addition to providing timely, accurate and balanced coverage of day-to-day happenings, WBFO produces comprehensive “deep-dive” reports on issues of importance to our communities. Reporters assigned to our Education Desk, Business & Economy Desk, Arts & Culture Desk and Health & Wellness Desk explore topics that impact our audience. WBFO is also the lead station for Great Lakes Today, a regional journalism collaboration that reports on a multitude of Great Lakes issues.

WBFO’s widely-acclaimed programming broadcasts on 88.7 in Buffalo, 91.3 WOLN in Olean and 88.1 WUBJ in Jamestown. It can also be streamed on this website and through apps.

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New Program Schedule

Beginning Monday, October 5, you will notice new time slots for several of your favorite NPR programs. These schedule changes at due, in part, to changes at NPR and other public radio stations.

Monday - Friday

10am - 12pm: 1A

12-2pm: Here & Now

2-3pm: Fresh Air

3 - 4pm: On Point


Monday: Travels with Rick Steves

Tuesday: Splendid Table

Wednesday: Radio Lab

Thursday: This American Life

Friday: Science Friday

Saturday Morning

12 - 7am: BBC World Service (extended an hour)

7am: Capital Pressroom Weekend


WBFO Brief

WBFO Brief

The WBFO Brief podcast brings you the award-winning reporting from the newsroom of WBFO, Buffalo Toronto Public Media's NPR station, each weekday morning in about 15 minutes.

New Programs

Munk Debates Podcast

The Munk Debates Podcast | Sundays at 6pm

The Munk Debates is dedicated to convening one-on-one debates between today’s biggest thinkers and sharpest minds. Our mission is to create space for civil and substantive debate on the big issues of the day - free of spin, focused on facts and animated by smart conversation. Join us each week for a fresh take on the complex, controversial and compelling debates of our time. The Munk Debates Podcast returns to WBFO this Fall with new episodes beginning October 4. The Munk Debates Podcast airs Sundays at 6pm.

Tight Knit

Tight Knit Podcast | Thursdays at 9pm beginning October 8

Tight Knit is a content series about the many ways people are working to build stronger relationships and communities. This season explores the complexity and joy inherent in providing care for an older family member, opening a door into the day to-day lives of caregivers in Western New York and Southeast Michigan through eight podcast episodes and two short documentaries. Episodes of Tight Knit air Thursdays at 9 and 9:30pm on WBFO October 8 - 29.

Special Series


WNY Conversations About Race

A five-part WBFO series on race relations — bringing people together to talk about equity, white privilege, systemic racism and diversity.

WBFO: Winner of Numerous 2019 AP Awards

Congratulations to WBFO: Winner of numerous 2019 Associated Press Awards; including being named for the seventh year in a row Outstanding News Operation.

The Blues on WBFO

Every weekend, WBFO presents great music with our dynamic hosts Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Famer, Pat Feldballe.

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What You Should Know About the Novel Coronavirus

News, information and coverage from WBFO, NPR and PBS concerning the COVID-19 international outbreak.


Your Mental Health During COVID-19| Facebook Live Series

As COVID-19 leaves us in in a dual crisis of physical and mental health, in April we will host a series of Facebook live discussions on your mental health related to the pandemic.


Arts & Culture News Desk

In many ways, the region’s identity is shaped by its arts and cultural arenas. From opera to performing arts programs in schools, the arts reach people of all ages...

Business & Economy News Desk

Our economy has seen transformative improvements in recent years. Yet even with substantial investments that are being made at Canalside, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and...

Education News Desk

Buffalo Toronto Public Media’s Education Desk is a reporting and outreach project that examines the many challenges facing schools today.

Older Adults News Desk

There are so many issues facing older adults--healthcare trends, retirement living, working during retirement, financial planning/security, transportation, exercise...

Women's News Desk

This desk explores the rich legacy that women have played in our region, featuring stories about the women who have served as pioneers.


Mental Health Initiative

Mental Health Initiative

The focus of WBFO’s Mental Health Initiative is to normalize the conversation about mental illness by bringing this issue from the shadows into everyday light.


Great Lakes Today

“Great Lakes Today,” a public radio collaborative, increases coverage of the iconic lakes and the people who live in the region. “Great Lakes Today” develops in-depth reports focus

Theater Talk

For 25 years, Theater Talk has been appointment listening on WBFO, featuring the insights of theater critic and historian, Anthony Chase.

Heritage Moments

Western New York and Southern Ontario have rich histories dating back to the 17th century. WBFO has been exploring those histories in a series of weekly vignettes.

Beyond The Playbook

Western New York sports fans have a special relationship with the Buffalo Bills. That passion is reflected each week during the football season on WBFO’s “Beyond The Playbook.”

Watch & Listen


Young Men of Color

Buffalo Toronto Public Media partnered with Say Yes Buffalo and Breaking Barriers for a series of four Facebook Live events.

WBFO Mental Health Initiative | Facebook Live

Let's Talk: Mental Health in the African American Community

African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental illness than the general population--why?African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental illne

Teaching Mental Health | Watch this Community Conversation

As the school year begins, a new law mandates mental health education for students across New York. This panel discussed the new curriculum that aims to teach children about their mental well-being. And it explored what it means for teachers and students.

As part of WBFO’s Mental Health Initiative, senior reporter Eileen Buckley led a conversation with New York State Regent Catherine Fisher Collin


Housing in Black and White | Racial Equity

WBFO recently hosted a Facebook Live community conversation about housing disparities in Western New York.

Cafeteria Chats

Cafeteria Chats puts Buckley right in the trenches, conducting candid interviews at the epicenter of teen honesty—the school lunch table.

Student Journals

What happens when we lend high school students our recording equipment and let them do interviews on any topics they choose?


WBFO | New York States Associated Press Awards

WBFO Wins AP's Outstanding News Operation

The NYS Associated Press Association awarded WBFO five first-place awards, including Outstanding News Operation for the seventh straight year!

WBFO | NY State Broadcasters Association Awards

Congratulations WBFO!

WBFO won four awards in the NY State Broadcasters Association's annual competition, with reports that ranged from a feature on the Wyoming County to a hockey fund-raising marathon.