Release Date: January 20, 2010
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- WBFO 88.7 FM, the University at Buffalo's National Public Radio member station, will launch new programming weekdays and weekends beginning Feb. 1, expanding its array of award-winning NPR news, analysis and entertainment.
The new programming will feature six hours of additional NPR news and public affairs shows each weekday -- from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. -- and an additional hour of NPR entertainment programming on Saturdays and Sundays.
WBFO will continue its award-winning local news coverage and will air its jazz programming weekdays beginning at 10 p.m. and on weekends beginning at midnight. The station's blues music programming will be heard on weekends from noon to 5 p.m.
WBFO's new program schedule is available at http://www.wbfo.org.
Mark Vogelzang, WBFO interim general manager, said the new programming was selected with great care and consideration for WBFO's more than 100,000 weekly listeners, and in close consultation with the station's advisory board. "This is a response to listeners' requests that WBFO broadcast the programming they're passionate about, which is the best of NPR news, public affairs, analysis and entertainment.
"We want to concentrate our efforts on what we do best, which is news journalism and public affairs programming, in order to make this excellent station an even stronger asset for the Western New York community," said Vogelzang, the former president of Vermont Public Radio and a longtime member of the NPR board of directors.
The new weekday schedule features "On Point," at 10 a.m., a live news-analysis program hosted by award-winning journalist Tom Ashbrook; "Tell Me More," at 11 a.m., a news-talk show addressing a wide range of multicultural issues and hosted by former ABC "Nightline" correspondent Michel Martin; "Fresh Air," at noon and repeated at 7 p.m., the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues hosted by Terry Gross; and "Capitol Pressroom," at 1 p.m., a one-hour news magazine hosted by award-winning broadcast journalist Susan Arbetter and produced from the State Capitol's Legislative Correspondents Association Pressroom in Albany.
The expanded weekend programming includes a prime-time Saturday morning broadcast of the NPR News quiz show "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me" at 11 a.m. on Saturday and "Car Talk," Sunday at 11 a.m., the funny and useful Peabody Award-winning call-in show about car repair.
Vogelzang said WBFO in the future will look for opportunities to develop new locally produced news and public-affairs programming. He noted that during WBFO's proud 50-year history, the station was home to well-known public radio alumni like Gross, Ira Flatow and Bill Siemering, each of whom developed some of NPR's most popular shows.
WBFO 88.7 FM is a major public service of the University at Buffalo and is Western New York's most listened to NPR station. It reaches a weekly audience of more than 100,000 people through its main signal in Buffalo and through repeater stations WUBJ 88.1 FM in Jamestown and WOLN 91.3 FM in Olean, and additional online audiences at WBFO.org. WBFO's award-winning news department offers comprehensive coverage of regional news. The station also offers a depth of programming not available elsewhere in the community, including NPR news and entertainment programs, public and cultural affairs programming, and jazz and blues.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities.