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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

Coming Soon

Oasis Under Glass | 3-Part Digital Series | Premieres 9/25

Oasis Under Glass | Buffalo's Botanical Gardens

WNED PBS, in collaboration with the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, presents a new three-part digital video series, Oasis Under Glass - Buffalo’s Botanical Gardens. Hosted by Tafik Muhammad, this series tells the story of the Botanical Gardens throughout its history and reveals expansion and renovation plans that will continue to serve the people of Western New York for generations to come

Currently in Production

The Kleinhans Music Hall Experience

This WNED PBS production will share the rich history of Kleinhans Music Hall and we want you to be a part of it! 

 Kleinhans is the home of the BPO AND a wonderful place for us to gather as a community. We invite you to share your photographs, video, and other memorabilia with us for potential use in the documentary and as we create a Kleinhans scrapbook on this site. 

Compact Science | New YouTube Series 

Compact Science | New Episodes Released March 30 - May 25

Compact Science is an engaging new YouTube series from WNED PBS and the Buffalo Museum of Science that explores the wonders of science. Host Sarajane Gomlak Green investigates the geology of Niagara Falls, discovers the chemistry at work in sponge candy, learns how density is the key to lake-effect snow, and more. If you’re curious about the world around you, there’s a lot to explore and Compact Science will be your guide. 

Geared towards children (grades K-6), their families, and anyone with a curiosity of the world around them, each episode frames a scientific concept with a signature regional connection that celebrates the science and history of the Western New York and Southern Ontario region.

New episodes will be released every other Tuesday at noon beginning March 30 through May 25, 2021. The videos will also be available her on our website along with instructions for the viewer challenge experiments that can be performed at home or in a classroom. 

Compact Science is funded by The Joy Family Foundation.

Recent WNED PBS Productions

Making Buffalo Home

Flavors From Home | Preview

Premiered March 8, 2021

Making Buffalo Home | Flavors From Home

No need for a passport. Just sit in the comfort of your living room and join us as we step into the kitchens and restaurants of immigrants in Western New York to learn a little more about the cultural food traditions of people from around the world. 

Premiered January 11

Life of Service | A Conversation with Don Boswell

BTPM President and CEO Don Boswell is retiring after 53 years in public broadcasting. Join retired WBFO News Director and host Mark Scott for a conversation about his career.

Premiered December 28, 2020

On Stage with Buffalo Opera Unlimited

Buffalo Opera Unlimited and WNED PBS have joined together to present a multi-part series that brings opera to television.

A Series Showcasing the Very Best of the Munk Debates

The Question Before Us

Series of programs featuring prominent people debating the hot topics of today. Debates were taped before a live audience in Toronto, Canada. Mondays at 10pm Oct. 5. - Nov. 23, 2020.

No CHild

premiereD October 26

No Child

Written and performed by Nilaja Sun and captured on tape in the studios at the WNED PBS, No Child... is a breathtaking solo show exploring the New York City public school system.

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.

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.


Foundation Support and Production Funding

Learn about currentproductions and initiatives in development. programs in need of funding.

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.