WBFO Awards and Recognitions
WBFO-FM 88.7, the University at Buffalo's National Public Radio affiliate, won six awards at the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association's annual awards banquet last month in Saratoga Springs.
The station captured three first-place and three special mentions honoring the work of the WBFO news team.
News director Eileen Buckley received first-place honors for the prestigious Art Athens award for General Excellence in Individual Reporting in 2010. Buckley is a three-time recipient of this award, also winning in 2002 and 2008 for her work at WBFO. In announcing the award this year, the judges said Buckley's "stories were well reported and produced. Excellent work."
Arts and Cultural producer/reporter Joyce Kryszak won first place for Best Feature for "Family War Sacrifice," a report on a family who lost a loved one to the war in Iraq In announcing the award, the judges described Kryszak's work as "a dramatic, heartrending story. Well produced and presented." Kryszak has won many Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow and New York Broadcasters Association awards throughout her more than 12 years at WBFO.
Buckley and Kryszak were also honored with a first-place award for Best Continuing Coverage of the "Deadly City Grill Shootings" in downtown Buffalo in August 2010. The judges described their news reporting as "thorough, well-presented...interesting storytelling of an important, significant and unfolding event."
Other Associated Press awards earned by WBFO include:
- Best Spot News Coverage: Special mention to Buckley for reporting on City Grill shootings
- Best Interview: Special mention to Buckley for her interview with gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino about his run-in with New York Post reporter Fred Dicker: "Paladino Bickers with Dicker"
- Best News Special/Documentary: Special mention to. Buckley for coverage of the Flight 3407 crash and tragedy "One Year Later"
WBFO's news coverage also earned acclaim at the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) annual awards banquet held last month in Arlington, Va. PRNDI hosts the only national contest recognizing outstanding public radio news reporting at local stations.
The team of Buckley, Weekend Edition anchor Chris Jamele and news anchor Mark Scott won first place for "Breaking News" coverage of the City Grill shootings. WBFO News also received a second-place award for Buckley's spot news coverage of the shootings.
The judges praised WBFO's coverage of the City Grill crimes as "a model for breaking news coverage: the reporter and anchor seamlessly coordinated coverage from the scene to convey the latest news."
PRNDI is a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional development of public radio journalists.
WBFO 88.7FM Wins NYS Associated Press's Top Award for the second time in three years!
WBFO-FM 88.7, UB's National Public Radio affiliate, won 10 awards -- including the coveted Stephen Flanders award -- at the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association's annual awards banquet held Saturday, June 6 in Saratoga Springs.
The station captured six first-place awards to earn the 2008 Stephen Flanders Award, named in memory of a New York City radio reporter who died of a heart attack while on his way to a City Hall news conference in 1983. The Flanders award -- the AP's highest radio honor -- is given to the station (commercial or public) in New York with the most top finishes in the competition among news stories aired during the calendar year. WBFO was deemed by the judges to "exemplify the best traditions of journalistic initiative and dedication in providing a complete news service to the listening public."
WBFO won more awards than any other radio station in New York State, including New York City. It is the only radio station in Buffalo to have earned the Flanders award.
Members of the WBFO news team are Mark Scott, news director; Eileen Buckley, assistant news director, news producer and reporter; and Joyce Kryszak, cultural affairs reporter and producer.
"To have received the Stephen Flanders award for the second time in as little as three years, is indeed an honor. This award is the culmination of many years of superb reporting by WBFO's well-experienced and highly committed news team," said Carole Smith Petro, associate vice president and WBFO general manager. "As individuals and as a team, they have consistently achieved the highest standards of radio reporting. The recognition accorded by the Associated Press confirms the high regard in which they are held by the Western New York community."
The 2008 awards that WBFO received were as follows:
- Arts Athens Award for General Excellence in Individual Reporting: Eileen Buckley and Special Mention to Joyce Kryszak
- Best Interview: First Place to Joyce Kyrszak for her interview with UB artist Steve Kurtz after federal charges against him were dropped [Listen]
- Best Enterprise Reporting: First Place to Joyce Kryszak for a report on predatory lending [Listen] and Special Mention to Eileen Buckley for a report on the blood collection competition in Buffalo [Listen]
- Best Continuing News: Special Mention to Eileen Buckley for her coverage of Buffalo Police Detective Dennis Delano's suspension to his run for the State Senate [Listen]
- Best Sports Coverage: First Place to Joyce Kryszak for her report on the Winter Classic in Buffalo and Special Mention to Eileen Buckley for a report on Richard Zednik nearly fatal hockey injury [Listen]
- Best Use of Medium: First Place to Alison Zero for her story on the local music group, Too Many Sisters [Listen]
- Best Web Site: First Place to news staff and Director of Digital Media Kara Sweet
In the last decade, the WBFO News Department has received 52 Associated Press Awards, including the 2006 Steve Flanders Award, named in memory of a New York City radio reporter who died of a heart attack while on his way to a City Hall news conference in 1983. The Flanders award -- the AP's highest radio honor -- is given to the station in New York with the most top finishes in the competition among news stories aired during the calendar year.
2009 SUNY CUAD Awards
WBFO's On the Border new music programming utilized grass roots organization and digital/ social media to market its Wednesday Night concerts and Nighttime on the Border. The SUNY CUAD (State University of New York Council for University Advancement) Awards for Excellence Program rewards "the very best efforts of our talented and creative professionals". WBFO On the Border won a "Judge's Citation" in the advertising category. Judge's comments were "Creative brand strategy for an innovative product. Has a nice feel...edgy and grass roots. We like the regional focus and the attempt to build a community. Strong use of media in many forms."
2008 NYS Associated Press Awards
The WBFO 88.7FM News department won one three first place award and four special mentions at the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association's annual awards banquet in Saratoga Springs in June 2008. Members of the WBFO news team are Mark Scott, news director, Eileen Buckley, assistant news director, producer and reporter and Joyce Kryszak, cultural affairs reporter and producer.
- Best News Special/Documentary
- Best Interview
- Best Continuing News Coverage
Special Mention: WBFO, Buffalo, The Lynn Dejac Case - WBFO News Team
- Best Enterprise Reporting
Special Mention: WBFO, Buffalo, Homemade Pet Food - Joyce Kryszak
- Best Feature
Previous awards won by WBFO include:
- 2007 - Three PRNDI Awards from Public Radio News Directors, Inc., the only national awards competition for public radio journalism.
- 2007 - Top News Radio Station and Five First-Place Awards from the New York State Associated Pres
- 2006 - One First-Place award and five Special Mentions from the New York State Associated Press
- 2005 - Two First-Place awards and four Special Mentions from the New York State Associated Press
- 2004 - Two First-Place awards and five Special Mentions from the New York State Associated Press
- 2003 - One First-Place award and one Special Mention from the New York State Associated Press
- 2002 - Five awards from the New York State Associated Press
- 2002 - Gold and Silver award from the Western New York ADDY Awards (in conjuction with Crowley Webb and Associates)
- 2001 - Special Mention from Public Radio News Directors, Inc.
- 2001 - One First-Place award and five Special Mentions from the New York State Associated Press