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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Phone: 716-845-7040
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The Blues on WBFO

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


WNY Women of Influence

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


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.”

FREE SCREENING & Discussion | MARCH 5, 2020

East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story - Screening

Through the stories of former residents, East Lake Meadows gives voice to some of the most marginalized people in our society and raises critical questions...


Get your tickets for WBFO's Buffalo Blues Bash!

The headliner for the April 4th Blues Bash is 2019 New England Music Award-Winning “Blues Artist Of The Year”Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers. Rockabilly Steve and BR3 will open.

WAIT, WAIT. . . DON'T TELL ME | APRIL 30, 2020

The NPR Comedy New Quiz is Coming To Buffalo!

Join us for Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, NPR’s Peabody Award-winning quiz show, live at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre on Thursday, April 30. Be a part of this live taping.

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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 wins six NYSBA awards for Excellence in Broadcasting

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

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.