Monday, 28 September 2015 20:40

Focus on Education

There is perhaps no issue more important to the future of Buffalo and Western New York than education.

WNED|WBFO’s Focus on Education initiative is a reporting and outreach project that examines the many challenges facing schools today. From the poor graduation rate in Buffalo to the controversy over Common Core Learning Standards, our comprehensive coverage informs and engages the community as it looks for solutions for students.

WBFO’s newsroom has produced hundreds of stories featuring a cross-section of topics and diversity in education in the Western New York community. Recognized by community stakeholders, WBFO’s Focus on Education has been a participant in educational panels and events to inform the public about what students need to graduate.

We also examine the many efforts underway to improve education in Buffalo and Western New York, including programs such as Promise Neighborhood and Say Yes to Education.

This exciting initiative is funded by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and is part of American Graduate – Let’s Make It Happen! – a public media initiative to address the dropout crisis.

Published in Programming Highlights

Awarded first place in seven categories; Buckley wins Art Athens Award

BUFFALO, N.Y. – WBFO-FM 88.7 was the recipient of the top award in the New York State Associated Press Association's annual news awards competition on Saturday, June 6 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

WBFO took home a total of seven first-place wins including the prestigious Steve Flanders Award for the second consecutive year, after sharing the grand prize with WRVO in Oswego in 2014. WBFO also won the Flanders Award in 2006 and 2009.

“We’re honored to be recognized so highly by the Associated Press,” said WBFO news director Brian Meyer. “With over 320 years of collective news experience, our news team continues to set the bar for local radio journalism year after year.”

The awards for news stories broadcast in 2014 were presented during the NYSAPA's annual banquet. WBFO was also awarded seven first-place AP awards in 2014.

WBFO was awarded first place in the following categories: Best Continuing News Coverage, "Snowvember: A Historic Lake-Effect Storm," staff; Best Spot News Coverage, "Snowvember: A Historic Lake-Effect Storm," staff;  Best News Series for "If Our Water Could Talk," Eileen Buckley, Jay Moran and John Grant; Best Interview for "Peter, Paul & Mary's Paul Stookey," Eileen Buckley; Best Enterprise Reporting, "Most At-Risk Teens," Eileen Buckley; and Best Website/Digital Platforms, staff. 

In addition, senior reporter Eileen Buckley was once again the recipient of the Art Athens Award for General Excellence of Individual Reporting. She is a seven-time recipient of this award, winning for stories produced in 2002, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 for her work at WBFO. This year’s award recognized her 2014 work on Focus on Education

WBFO staffers Chris Caya, Mike Desmond, Omar Fetouh, Cheryl Hagen and Jay Moran also earned special mentions from the AP for stories and interviews they produced in 2014.


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Published in WBFO 88.7 FM
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 17:47

WOLN-FM 91.3 Coverage Area


Transmitter Location:   Page Rd. Olean, N.Y.
Coordinates: N42-02-08.0  W78-26-47.0
Frequency: 91.3 mHz
City of license: Olean NY
Class: A 
Transmitter output power:    
Effective Radiated Power: 1.0 kW
Antenna: SHI 6810-2R-DA Directional
Tower built in: 1954 
Total height of tower: 180'
Antenna Structure Registration: 1003014 
Center of radiation: 157' 
Antenna height above average terrain: 656'  
Antenna height above mean sea level: 2461'  
License Granted: October 14, 2010

Published in Engineering
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 17:22

WUBJ-FM 88.1 Coverage Area


Transmitter Location:  Dutch Hollow Rd.
Coordinates: N42-10-47.0  W79-20-29.0
Frequency: 88.1 mHz
City of license: Jamestown NY
Class: A 
Transmitter output power: 7.33  
Effective Radiated Power: 2.7kW
Antenna: SHI 6810-2R-1/2SS-Directional    
Tower built in: 2007 
Total height of tower: 226'
Antenna Structure Registration: 1217738 
Center of radiation: 476' 
Antenna height above average terrain: 499'  
Antenna height above mean sea level: 1985'  
License Granted: March 21, 2001

Published in Engineering
Friday, 22 March 2013 19:45

On Point

"On Point" with Tom Ashbrook

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