BUFFALO, N.Y. -- WBFO 88.7 FM, a major public service of the
University at Buffalo, has recently received a gift from the Donald
F. and Barbara L. Newman Foundation in the amount of $25,000. The
donation will be used toward funding of the new tower and antenna
that will improve service to WBFO's audience in Western New York,
the Southern Tier and Southern Ontario, and will extend service to
approximately 50,000 people to the northeast, east and southeast of
the station's current broadcast reach.
At 443 feet high, the new tower stands 45 percent higher than
WBFO's former tower, and allows the station to deliver a
significantly stronger signal to more than 1.15 million people
within its broadcast area and to expand its reach by 50,000,
according to Carole Smith Petro, associate vice president and WBFO
"The Newmans have been strong supporters of WBFO's continuing
efforts to deliver high quality public radio," Petro said. "We are
grateful for their on-going confidence in WBFO. With their support,
WBFO will be able to take full advantage of its current digital,
satellite and Internet capabilities, placing WBFO in the technical
forefront of both commercial and public radio stations across the
"The Newman family is pleased to join forces with other
contributors in the region to fund the largest single technical
improvement to WBFO in its nearly 50 years of operation," said Don
Newman. "We hope others will follow our lead in this important
The generous gift will be used toward the total goal of $575,000
that WBFO must secure in private funding to help cover the cost of
the new tower.
WBFO 88.7 FM reaches an audience of approximately 100,000 people
each week through its main signal in Buffalo and through repeater
stations WUBJ 88.1 FM in Jamestown and WOLN 91.3 FM in Olean.
WBFO's news department offers comprehensive coverage of regional
and worldwide news. The station also offers a depth of programming
not available elsewhere in the community, including NPR/PRI news
and entertainment programs, public and cultural affairs programming
and jazz and blues.
For more information regarding the tower and antenna, contact
WBFO Program Director David Benders at 716-829-6000 ext. 502 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. To participate in funding the new tower, contact
Petro at email@example.com.
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.