The WBFO Brief podcast brings you the award-winning reporting from the newsroom of WBFO, Buffalo Toronto Public Media's NPR station, each weekday morning. To get up to the minute news, tune into WBFO on your radio (88.7 in Buffalo, 88.1 in Jamestown, 91.3 Olean), stream us online at wbfo.org, with the WBFO mobile app or with your smart speaker.
WBFO Brief- Bonus Material- Byron Brown roundtable
In a special weekend bonus edition of the WBFO Brief, mayoral candidate Byron Brown answers questions from seven WBFO reporters in one of our two hourlong election specials.
WBFO Brief- bonus material- India Walton roundtable
In a special weekend bonus edition of the WBFO Brief, mayoral candidate India Walton answers questions from seven WBFO reporters in this first of two one hour election specials.
WBFO Brief Thurs. Oct. 21, 2021
On today’s WBFO Brief, “Stonebush Blues”-- internationally known transgendered writer Leslie Feinberg’s look at Buffalo, celebrated by preservationists tonight. Also a new market-rate apartment complex in downtown Buffalo and former Gov. Cuomo is still pushing back on the report of his sexual harassment charges.
WBFO Brief Oct. 20, 2021
On today’s WBFO Brief, hear a lot of pushback and reaction to state Democratic party chair Jay Jacobs—after he compared the tough choice of possibly endorsing Democratic Mayoral candidate India Walton to what it was like when Ku Klax Klan Wizard David Duke ran for US Senate and other offices. Also a look at a new playground at Ellicott Elementary in Orchard Park- with an emphasis on disabilities.
WBFO Brief Oct. 19, 2021
In today’s WBFO Brief , UB’s new vice president in charge of all the medical schools stresses diversity. And hear a school superintendent say that using federal COVID aid to hire staff, is kind of like using scratch-off lottery ticket winnings to pay your rent. Also, the NYC board of health has proclaimed racism as a public health issue, Gov. Kathy Hochul gets some good poll results, and Congressman Higgins is pressing against testing requirements for Canadians to come into the US
WBFO Brief Oct. 18, 2021
In today’s WBFO Brief, Tom Dinki looks at the push to have more school buses in New York State go electric. Also hear WBFO’s Jay Moran in conversation with SUNY Buffalo State Artist -in-Residence Deborah Oppenheimer, an Academy award winning producer from Buffalo, with a career that ranges from a documentary about Nazi Germany, to The Drew Carey Show. Also, what the opening of the US/Canadian border means in Ellicottville where many homes are Canadian owned, and a look at the return of the Children’s Charity Ball post-COVID.
Decent coverage with slight GOP Slant
Good round up of area news, but hard to ignore the host’s frequently stilted language representing Republican Party talking points as objective fact, while reporting “Progressive” counterpoints as opinion. (e.g. weirdly focused on the ills of taxing the wealthy, and plight of GOP state legislators)
That said, reports from the actual journalists in the field seem pretty even handed and are usually quite interesting!
A great way for me to keep up from across the pond with what’s happening in my hometown.
Perfect way to start your day!