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WNED to take Ownership of WBFO March 1

Release Date: January 25, 2012

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Western New York Public Broadcasting Association and the University at Buffalo are pleased to announce that WBFO-FM 88.7 will become a part of the WNED family of public radio and television stations effective Thursday, March 1.

Under the purchase agreement, originally signed on July 28, 2011, 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. WNED 970 AM and WBFO will continue to retain their full NPR affiliations.

For detailed information regarding WNED's purchase of WBFO, visit or


WBFO-FM was founded in 1959 by a group of students and faculty members at the then-private University of Buffalo. It was also one of the charter founding members of National Public Radio in 1970. UB will use the proceeds of the sale to provide student scholarships and support for faculty research.

About WNED

Through WNED-AM 970, Classical 94.5/WNED-FM, WNED-TV and ThinkBright and Well/WORLD TV, the member-supported WNED Buffalo/Toronto provides high quality programming and services to local, regional and national audiences that enlighten, inspire, entertain and educate the Western New York and Southern Ontario communities. Additional information about WNED can be found at

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