Wednesday, 25 January 2017 12:21


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The headliner for this WBFO’s Blues Bash is the ALTERED FIVE BLUES BAND. They are proclaimed “a staple of the Midwest’s band scene” and “a festival favorite” by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in 2012, Altered Five’s delectable brew of blues and soul is now quickly gaining national attention. The band won "Blues Artist of the Year" at the 2014 WAMI Award Show, and Cryin' Mercy won "Best Self-Released CD" at the 2015 International Blues Challenge. They are Milwaukee's Rockin' Rhythm & Blues Band!

From day one, Altered Five dared to be different. The quintet formed in 2002 and quickly gained a reputation for its inventive arrangements and distinctive sound. Isthmus magazine called the band “a rising blues unit” and declared, “The group delivers the element of surprise.” 


HaydenAndVinThe opening Act is Buffalo’s own HAYDEN FOGLE BAND with special guest VIN DeROSA. Hayden Fogle and Vin DeRosa won the recent local round of the Western New York Blues Society’s 19th annual “Memphis Bound” competition, and ensured their spot as representatives of our region at the International Blues Challenge.

Hayden had the honor of being invited to perform a blues improvisation with the legendary Buddy Guy during a concert in Buffalo, NY on June 12, 2012 and several times since. Hayden stunned everyone in the audience. You will enjoy this young guitar prodigy who straps on a Fender to mystify blues audiences!


Hayden Fogle and Vin DeRosa are representing Buffalo at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis this week. For more information please check out the following stories: Buffalo News story by Jeff Miers, and WBFO Interview with Pat Feldballe.


WNED | WBFO continues its commitment to the blues, bringing top performing acts, as well as local talent, to the event. Previous Buffalo Blues Bash headliners included the Noah Wotherspoon Band, Ghost Town Blues Band, Billy the Kid and the Regulators, Selwyn Birchwood Band, JP Soars & the Red Hots and the Jeremiah Johnson Band.


Food from the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, beer and wine will be available for purchase. The Bash takes place at the WNED-TV Studios in downtown Buffalo and doors open at 6:15 p.m. 

Horizons Plaza
140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, New York


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For information about becoming a sponsor of WBFO’s Buffalo Blues Bash email Gordon Bayliss at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





Published in Events
Thursday, 05 January 2017 12:22

Cafeteria Chats - New Series from WBFO 88.7

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It’s been a busy time for WBFO’s education reporting initiatives as our senior reporter Eileen Buckley launches our new series, Cafeteria Chats.

Too often, the student perspective can get lost in traditional education reporting in a sea of opinionated legislators and elected officials, school staff and faculty, and concerned parents. These new projects were created from the need to hear directly from the underutilized voices of students.

Cafeteria Chats puts Buckley right in the trenches, conducting candid interviews at the epicenter of teen honesty—the school lunch table. Here, groups of students speak frankly about the pressure to succeed, cyberbullying, family life, state testing, peer pressure, and the myriad of other issues facing today’s young people.

“One of my goals in delivering education reports is to bring diverse student voices to the WBFO airwaves. Students are on the frontlines, living online, and dealing with school life, family life and social pressures. We want to know firsthand how teenagers navigate through high school as they try to complete their education,” Buckley explained. “Their honesty from the lunchroom table allows adults to find out why it’s not always easy to be a teen.”

Requests to collaborate with local schools have been met with enthusiasm and gratitude as district leaders understand the value in letting the public hear directly from those for whom the education system exists.

Projects underway have yielded great results, with more schools eager to be next in line. Click here link below to sit down at the lunch table with Buckley!

Never miss an episode! Follow WBFO on Facebook and Twitter for announcements on upcoming dates in the series.




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Friday, 08 January 2016 15:12

WBFO Master Package

Pledge: $144 ($20/month) 

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 08:49

Niagara Frontier Heritage Moments

From the discovery of Niagara Falls to the War of 1812; from the Underground Railroad to the comedy of Lucille Ball; from the invention of the pacemaker to our struggles with ferocious winter storms; WBFO listeners are trekking through the fascinating history of the Buffalo region.

The station debuted a feature in November 2015 called Niagara Frontier Heritage Moments. This series of one-minute dramatizations showcases significant episodes in the annals of Western New York and the Niagara Peninsula.

Narrated by respected broadcast journalist Susan Banks and featuring the talents of Buffalo-area actors, musicians and sound technicians, each Heritage Moment brings to life the region’s most dramatic events. Some events are famous, some forgotten -- but all are part of the vast historical tapestry that has unfolded in this unique corner of the planet, where the United States meets Canada and the waters of the great inland sea plunge down the world’s most famous cataract.

Jeff Z. Klein, a Buffalo native who left The New York Times after 18 years as a reporter and editor, has been coordinating the Niagara Frontier Heritage Project. He noted that these minute-long “mini-dramas” focus on a variety of topics that range from civil rights and women’s rights, to Native American issues and the influx of immigrants.

“The compelling issues that are explored in these audio vignettes are as important in 2015 as they were one or two centuries ago,” said WBFO News Director Brian Meyer.

More than two dozen milestones in local history will be showcased over the next year.

This is a history of soldiers, housewives, artists and chieftains; drinkers, brawlers, lovers and heroes; immigrants and first responders; spies and athletes. And WBFO listeners can hear it all. The segments air throughout the week on “All Things Considered,” “Here and Now,” and “Weekend Edition.”

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Investigative Post


WBFO and Investigative Post have joined forces in a collaboration that will provide innovative news content to our listeners.

Beginning in November 2015, Investigative Post will begin producing in-depth stories and provide analysis on breaking news for the station. WBFO will broadcast the content while continuing to provide its own NPR news and coverage of local issues. Investigative Post reporters will also appear on WBFO’s “Press Pass,” which features interviews with journalists from local media outlets.

"Investigative Post has an impressive track record of providing in-depth perspectives on issues that are critical to Western New York’s future,” said WBFO News Director Brian Meyer. “This partnership will provide our listeners with additional insights on topics and events that affect their lives. We’re excited to launch this new collaboration.”

The collaboration will further strengthen the news content at WBFO, which has the largest radio newsroom staff in the region. The station’s staff has a combined 320 years of experience in journalism, much of it reporting in Western New York. The station has won more regional, state and awards in recent years than any other radio station in the area.

WBFO has a reputation of providing listeners with comprehensive, thought-provoking and balanced coverage of news that impacts their lives.

“Our partnership with WBFO adds an exciting dimension to our reporting. We’ve been producing stories for television, print and the web; our work for WBFO adds radio to the mix and makes us a complete multi-media outlet,” said Jim Heaney, editor and executive director of Investigative Post.

Investigative Post is the only nonprofit investigative reporting center based in Upstate New York. It partners with a number of news outlets in Western New York and other parts of New York State. They have earned a reputation for hard-hitting, high-impact stories since launching in February 2012. Its reporting on the Buffalo Billion prompted U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to launch a federal investigation into the awarding of developer contracts and for members of the community to demand more diversity in the employment of construction workers at Solar City. Other investigations spurred government efforts to clean up Scajaquada Creek and reverse a decision to open Gallagher Beach for swimming because of serious water pollution.

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