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WNED PBS Productions

WNED PBS has been Western New York and Southern Ontario’s storyteller for 60 years!

The station long ago established itself as an originator of television content for PBS; WNED PBS developed and produced the Emmy Award winning Reading Rainbow series and the popular Mark Russell Comedy Specials for PBS. Through the years, WNED PBS has become a significant producer of original television and online content for local and national distribution.

Produced in Buffalo, shared with the nation. Productions broadcast on PBS stations across America include: The Warrior Tradition, The War of 1812, Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, The Klondike Gold Rush, The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain, Underground Railroad: The William Still Story, Niagara Falls, Chautauqua: An American Narrative, Window to the Sea, The Adirondacks, Golf’s Grand Design, The Marines, America's Houses of Worship, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo, and Elbert Hubbard: An American Original.

Many WNED PBS productions highlight historic and cultural treasures of Southern Ontario and Western New York. These include: Reimagining a Buffalo Landmark, Remembering Western New York, Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Western New York, TIFF: Behind the Festival, A New Season for the Bisons and Blue Jays, Hockey: More Than a Game, Toronto’s Houses of Worship, Polonia: Western New York’s Polish-American Legacy, Buffalo’s Houses of Worship, Buffalo’s Voices of Steel and The Great Erie County Fair.

“WNED has become our region’s most influential storyteller and in so doing served as a catalyst for the re-imagining and rebirth of Buffalo. WNED-TV’s productions are thoroughly researched, beautifully written and artfully shot. In documenting the breadth and depth of the cultural and historic richness of Western New York, WNED-TV has captured the imaginations of audiences both within and outside the region, boosting the community’s self-image and promoting it to potential visitors.”

Edward J. Healy, Vice President for Marketing
Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

In Production

Mondays at 7:30pm June 15 - August 24

BPO Musician Portraits

A six-part musical showcase of television specials featuring select musicians from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. These personal concerts are hosted by JoAnn Falletta.

Premiering in Winter 2021

Women's Suffrage in New York

In this documentary we focus on women who carried the torch for suffrage throughout its 70 years, and yet whose significant contributions are often overlooked.

Women's Suffrage in New York

Looking for filmmakers to help tell the suffrage story

Are you a filmmaker interested in creating a digital film as part of this project? WNED PBS is commissioning a series of three videos by independent female producers/filmmakers!

Recent WNED PBS Productions

Making Buffalo Home

Immigration in a Welcoming City | Trailer

Making Buffalo Home: Immigration in a Welcoming City | Watch Online Now

Immigration in a Welcoming City

At a time when the country is wrestling with the issue of immigration, the city of Buffalo takes the stance that it is, and will remain, a welcoming place. What policies in government and housing, language access, and economic development are in place to address this issue? This WNED PBS original production hosted by Andrea Ó Súilleabháin, Executive Director at the Partnership for the Public Good, welcomes guests from city government, housing advocacy, academia, and members of the immigrant community for an engaging conversation on the topic. This WNED PBS original production premiered on April 24, 2020.

Making Buffalo Home - A Refugee's First Year | Trailer

Making Buffalo Home: A Refugee's First Year | Watch Online Now

A Refugee's First Year

In the last 20 years Buffalo has welcomed more than 16,000 refugees. They come from around the world, with large groups from Middle Eastern, Asian and African countries. Discover the challenges they face in the first year like learning English, finding a job, and feeling a sense of community as they work toward rebuilding their lives and making Buffalo their new home. This WNED PBS original production premiered on January 20, 2020.

Trailer | The Warrior Tradition

The Warrior Tradition | Watch Online Now

The Warrior Tradition

The astonishing, heartbreaking, inspiring, and largely-untold story of Native Americans in the United States military. This WNED PBS original production premiered on PBS November 11, 2019.

Trailer | Cruising the Mighty Mississippi

Trailer | Cruising the Mighty Mississippi

Cruising The Mighty Mississippi | Watch Online Now

Cruising The Mighty Mississippi

Cruising the Mighty Mississippi takes viewers along for an unforgettable trip aboard the largest paddle-wheeler ever built from Memphis to New Orleans, stopping at many charming and historic southern towns along the way. This WNED PBS original production premiered in October 2019.

Digital-First Productions

A Buffalo Toronto Public Media Digital Project

Making Buffalo Home

An, in-depth Buffalo Toronto Public Media engagement initiative to raise awareness of how immigrants and refugees shape our community.

A WNED PBS Digital Project

Reach Out | Recognize Relationship Abuse

One in three teenagers will experience some form of abuse in their relationships.Get the tools to start a conversation with someone you think might be in an abusive relationship.

Our Vietnam Voices

A Buffalo Toronto Public Media Digital Project

Our Vietnam Voices

In the decades since the end of the Vietnam War, the conflict continues to be discussed and debated as to its impact then and now. In order to showcase stories from our region.

Buffalo Toronto Public Media

WNED PBS Celebrates Maple Season

As the temperatures warm up, maple syrup farmers across our region are hard at work. As the temperatures warm up, maple syrup farmers across our region are hard at work.

Explore Programs in our Production Library


WNED PBS is an award-winning producer of historical programs that shine a spotlight on Western New York & S. Ontario's people, treasures and extraordinary moments in history.

WNED PBS Documentaries

WNED PBS's documentary films profile individuals and events from the past and present that have impacted Western New York and Southern Ontario.

WNED PBS Health & Wellness

WNED PBS's health and wellness programs empower viewers to take charge of their persona health and wellness and take preventative measures against disease.

Watch the very best short series and specials made right here at WNED PBS. Building on our mission to “educate, entertain and inform” these highlight unique aspects of our region.

Production Facilities Rental

The same facilities, equipment and personnel that have created WNED PBS’s award-winning content are available to media professionals to realize their next production vision.

Interested in a DVD of one of
our local productions?
Please contact Membership at
1-800-678-1873 for availability.

Look back at some of the history of WNED-TV and The Mark Russell Comedy Specials, a WNED PBS production that aired on PBS from 1975-2004.