WNED's Acquisition of WBFO

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Press Release
March 2nd, 2012

WNED PURCHASE OF WBFO-FM FINALIZED

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Western New York Public Broadcasting Association is pleased to announce that WBFO-FM 88.7 is officially a part of the WNED family of public radio and television stations.

"We're thrilled that WBFO is now officially part of our WNED family," said Donald K. Boswell, WNED president and CEO. "We now have an incredible opportunity to take membersupported public radio to new highs which will advance the underlying mission of our organization and, most importantly, provide top-quality radio services to our listeners."

The purchase will strengthen public radio in the region, allowing a more vibrant programming mix and enhanced local news reporting. WBFO will also continue to be 100% locally-owned and operated by a trusted community public broadcasting entity, with the goal of being an even more integral part of the community and an essential part of the soundscape of Western New York and Southern Ontario as a growing region. In addition, the acquisition will also help make more efficient use of the resources provided by our members and taxpayers.

Read the full press release here. (PDF)

WNED Media Contact:
Megan M. Wagner

Director of Corporate Communications

716.845.7155 | mwagner@wned.org


 


Press Release
July 28th, 2011


WNED SIGNS AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE WBFO


BUFFALO, NY- Western New York Public Broadcasting Association and the University at Buffalo are pleased to announce today that WBFO-FM 88.7 will become part of the WNED family of public radio and television stations.

Under the agreement, WNED will pay UB $4 million for the licenses to operate WBFO and two stations serving the Southern Tier: WUBJ-FM 88.1 in Jamestown and WOLN-FM 91.3 in Olean.

All three stations will retain their call letters and continue to operate on the same frequencies. The stations reach large portions of Western New York and Southern Ontario, serving approximately 90,000 listeners weekly.

Read the full press release here.

WNED Media Contact:
Megan M. Wagner

Director of Corporate Communications
716.845.7155 | mwagner@wned.org

University at Buffalo Media Contact:
John DellaContrada
Assistant VP for University Communications
716-645-4601 | dellacon@buffalo.edu


An Open Letter from Station Manager

July 28th, 2011

Dear WBFO listeners, friends, and supporters,

I'm pleased to let you know we are announcing today that WBFO 88.7 will become part of the WNED family of public radio and tv stations. The University at Buffalo has agreed to a sale with our colleagues at Western New York Public Broadcasting Association for a price of $4 million that will take effect upon FCC approval in the next several months.  This includes the licenses to operate WBFO 88.7 Buffalo, WUBJ 88.1 Jamestown, and WOLN 91.3 Olean. With this purchase, the two largest public broadcasting organizations in the region are joining forces, which will strengthen the NPR programming that you know and love on WBFO, and make a more efficient use of the resources provided by donors and taxpayers.

Dear WBFO listeners, friends, and supporters,

I'm pleased to let you know we are announcing today that WBFO 88.7 will become part of the WNED family of public radio and tv stations. The University at Buffalo has agreed to a sale with our colleagues at Western New York Public Broadcasting Association for a price of $4 million that will take effect upon FCC approval in the next several months.  This includes the licenses to operate WBFO 88.7 Buffalo, WUBJ 88.1 Jamestown, and WOLN 91.3 Olean. With this purchase, the two largest public broadcasting organizations in the region are joining forces, which will strengthen the NPR programming that you know and love on WBFO, and make a more efficient use of the resources provided by donors and taxpayers.

This announcement is the culmination of many months of discussions between the two organizations and members of their respective boards, trying to find ways to strengthen public radio, and align the support from the community in a way that could offer the best in international news coverage, regional journalism, programming and online services.   It reflects the clear trends in public broadcasting faced with shrinking federal dollars, and mergers that have already taken place in other markets such as Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Houston, and Nashville. Our work here in Buffalo in looking ahead has been thoughtful, and it reflects the strategic direction that will keep public radio strong well into the future.

It's important to reassure you that the programming you love on WBFO will continue through this transition period, and WBFO (and our Southern Tier stations) will remain as our region's flagship NPR station, with the news and award-winning journalism that we all love. The programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and much, much more will continue to be there for this community under the familiar stewardship of our neighbors at WNED.

Here's a link to the official press release, and we'll have more on our WBFO.org website, Facebook and Twitter in the future. 

Finally, let me thank you for your wonderfully strong support in the past, and urge you to continue supporting WBFO financially in the future. This NPR station will need you - your voice, your enthusiasm, your pledges - to make WBFO into an even better public radio station.  Thanks for all you do for YOUR NPR Station!


Mark Vogelzang
Station Manager
WBFO Buffalo, 88.7fm
mvogelzang@wbfo.org
716-829-5772 Office direct


WBFO's Coverage

WNED Signs Agreement to Acquire WBFO
Michael Mroziak (2011-07-29)



BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) - The University at Buffalo has entered an agreement to sell WBFO-FM and its repeaters in Jamestown and Olean to the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association, which currently owns and operates WNED-TV, AM and FM.

WBFO's Michael Mroziak met one-on-one with representatives from both sides of the deal and has their comments on the pending sale and what they say it will mean for the future of public radio in Western New York.

Extended Coverage

Public radio mergers are nothing new.  Scott Fybush is editor of Northeast Radio Watch, an online journal covering the business of radio.   WBFO'S Michael Mroziak had an extended conversation with Fybush on the merger trends in public radio.




More Information


Press release from WNED
News release from University at Buffalo
WBFO: WNED Signs Agreement to Purchase WBFO

WNED-AM: WNED to Purchase WBFO Radio
Artvoice: WNED to Merge with WBFO?
Artvoice: WNED to Buy WBFO for $4 Million
Buffalo News: WNED buys WBFO, two sister stations
Buffalo News: A golden opportunity for WNED

Buffalo News: WBFO program director has done an excellent job
Business First: WNED buying WBFO for $4M
Current.org: Two news competitors in deficit, so one buys the other in Buffalo
WKBW TV:  WNED Signs Agreement to Acquire WBFO    
Public Radio Program Directors Association: WNED Purchasing WBFO
Tonawanda News: WNED to operate WBFO
WIVB TV: WNED buys UB's WBFO-FM
WSJ On-Line: WNED agrees to acquire Buffalo NPR station WBFO

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