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.
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.
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
12 - 7am: BBC World Service (extended an hour)
7am: Capital Pressroom Weekend
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 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 | Thursdays during Morning Edition
Weekly series highlighting the personal impact the pandemic has had on Western New Yorkers in August and September.
RACIAL EQUITY PROJECT | 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.
Thinking about selling your car, boat, motorcycle, truck or other vehicle? Donate it to Buffalo Toronto Public Media instead.
Every weekend, WBFO presents great music with our dynamic hosts Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Famer, Pat Feldballe.
Buffalo Toronto Public Media
What You Should Know About the Novel Coronavirus
News, information and coverage from WBFO, NPR and PBS concerning the COVID-19 international outbreak.
MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVE
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.
WBFO NEWS DESKS
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...
Buffalo Toronto Public Media’s Education Desk is a reporting and outreach project that examines the many challenges facing schools today.
WBFO REPORTING PROJECTS
WBFO SPECIAL SERIES
For 25 years, Theater Talk has been appointment listening on WBFO, featuring the insights of theater critic and historian, Anthony Chase.
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
WBFO RACIAL EQUITY PROJECT | facebook Live Series
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
Facebook Live Event | WAtch Online Now
As part of WBFO's Mental Health Initiative, senior reporter Eileen Buckley led a panel discussion about the dramatic changes in treatment over the years.
FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT | WATCH ONLINE NOW
Housing in Black and White | Racial Equity
WBFO recently hosted a Facebook Live community conversation about housing disparities in Western New York.
WBFO Facebook Live EVENT | WAtch online now
WBFO hosted a Facebook Live interview with Buffalo School Superintendent Kriner Cash. Cash took questions from the Facebook audience.
WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley leads an important panel discussion on cyberbullying and strategies students, teachers and parents can use to minimize it.
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
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.