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WBFO celebrates 60 years of broadcast excellence in Western New York!

WBFO is the NPR station in Western New York and operates the largest radio newsroom in the region. 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 is also heard on 91.3 WOLN in Olean and 88.1 WUBJ in Jamestown.

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WBFO wins six NYSBA awards for Excellence in Broadcasting

WBFO-FM 88.7 won six awards in the New York State Broadcasters Association’s 53rd Annual Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting at the Regional Award Luncheon.

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Featured Story: A shift in the life of the 11 Day Power Play - a personal observation by MICHAEL MROZIAK
WBFO's Michael Mroziak looks upon the action during his three-hour shift in the 11 Day Power Play, Monday, July 8.
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Michael Mroziak behind the scenes of The 11 Day Power Play

WBFO reporter Michael Mroziak has covered The 11 Day Power Play since its inception in 2017. This year, Michael laced up his skates and hit the ice to play in the grueling marathon hockey game, which has raised more than $1 million each year for cancer research.

The 11-Day Power Play is now in day five inside Buffalo's HarborCenter. The third-annual marathon charity hockey game reached a fundraising milestone Monday. An estimated 2,500 local hockey players are taking turns in what organizers and original players say is no easy feat, keeping a continuing game in progress for 11 continuous days. To gain a better appreciation for the participants, this year I became one.


My three-hour shift was with a team known as the Cancer Fighting Comets, made up of men from various professional backgrounds and ages. Its captain was Tim Collins, who lost both parents to cancers and has loved ones and friends who have battled various forms of the disease more recently. When speaking to the team in advance of our shift's start, he reminded players that they were playing for loved ones who have survived cancer, have died from it and, in many cases, will one day have it.

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WNY Women of Influence

Western New York has a diverse talent pool of women who have been uniquely influential over decades.

The Blues on WBFO 88.7 FM

Every weekend, WBFO presents great music with our dynamic hosts Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Famer, Pat Feldballe and international Blues Artist, Tommy "Z".

Great Lakes Today

Listen for ongoing coverage from Great Lakes Today on WBFO 88.7 FM Buffalo.

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WBFO NEWS DESKS

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...

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.

WBFO REPORTING PROJECTS

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.

WBFO SPECIAL SERIES

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

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

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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?

Awards
WBFO | New York States Associated Press Awards

WBFO Wins AP's Outstanding News Operation

The NYS Associated Press Association awarded WBFO nine first-place awards, including Outstanding News Operation for the fifth 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 fatal accidents on unstable ice to a hockey fund-raising marathon.