Jay Moran

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8:46 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Dyngus Day celebration comes to downtown Buffalo

Retired Judge Ann Mikoll has been presiding over Dyngus Day celebrations for 54 years.
Credit Photo courtesy of WNED's Eileen Elibol

Buffalo's evolving love affair with Dyngus Day is a story in itself, with more celebrations emerging each year at bars, halls and restaurants throughout the area. This year, a Dyngus Day celebration that dates back over 50 years will be moving to a downtown location for the first time.

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Local
8:53 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Bisons open the 2014 baseball season today

Sunshine bathed Coca-Cola Field just hours before the first pitch of the 2014 season.
Credit Photo courtesy of Ben Wagner

The Buffalo Bisons begin another season of baseball at Coca-Cola Field. At the ballpark early this morning,  team announcer Ben Wagner told WBFO News, "Everything is getting a thumbs up  and we are ready for baseball!"

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Local
7:58 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Press Pass: The future of the Bills, downtown developments

WBFO's Jay Moran is joined each month by Business First reporter Jim Fink on Press Pass.

In the days since the death of Ralph Wilson, speculation has mounted regarding the future of the Buffalo Bills. "Everybody take a step back," says Jim Fink of Business First. On WBFO's Press Pass, Fink shares his views on what to expect for the Buffalo Bills.

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Environment
10:45 am
Tue March 11, 2014

'Story of Stuff' creator speaking in Buffalo tonight

Environmentalist Annie Leonard is speaking tonight at UB.
Credit storyofstuff.org

Environmental activist Annie Leonard, who created the popular animated documentary "The Story of Stuff," brings her message of sustainability to Buffalo Tuesday night. 

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Local
5:11 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Wildlife journalist carries message to Buffalo

Photojournalist Paul Nicklen often goes to extremes to report on his wildlife subjects.
Credit Photo courtesy of Paul Nicklen.org

The National Geographic Live series comes to the stage at Buffalo's Kleinhans Music Hall Tuesday evening at 7:30. with wildlife photographer Paul Nicklen sharing the images he has gathered through years of close natural encounters in some of the most extreme habitats around the globe.

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Local
9:55 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Press Pass: School Board elections drawing many candidates

Larry Quinn announcing his run for school board.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

Former Buffalo Sabres Managing Partner Larry Quinn announced last week that he will run for the Buffalo School Board, adding to the expanding list of candidates for three at-large seats. "It's a snapshot of the growing frustration" with Buffalo schools, says Jim Fink of Business First.

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Local
5:00 am
Thu February 13, 2014

On 5th anniversary, some 3407 families ready to turn the page

Flight 3407 family members.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The Families of Continental Flight 3407 invited Western New Yorkers to join them in Clarence Center Wednesday  night as they mark the fifth anniversary of the 2009 crash that claimed 51 lives.

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Business
5:46 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Higgins tops list of region's movers and shakers

Credit bizjournals.com/buffalo

Business First is out with its list of the most influential people in Western New York. Rep. Brian Higgins tops this year's Power 250 list.

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Local
9:55 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Press Pass: The future of One Seneca Tower

The future of the former HSBC Tower is still a question mark
Credit File photo

While the name has changed from HSBC Tower to One Seneca Tower, the vacancy problems continue for the city's tallest building. That topic was addressed during WBFO's Press Pass with Jim Fink of Business First.

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Local
11:36 am
Mon January 13, 2014

McCarthy: Gabryszak exit leaves district unrepresented in Assembly

Gabryszak's former Assembly desk in Albany, NY.
Credit WBFO News photo by Karen DeWitt

From initial public allegations to Sunday's resignation, the story of Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak's fall from public office covered less than a month.

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Politics
11:02 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Brown says no discussions on Lt. Governor job, but 'never say never'

Mayor & his wife celebrated his reelection in November 2013.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was among the elected officials from across New York who made the trip to Albany for Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address. Considering the City is still digging out from a major storm, could Brown's decision to travel to Albany be a hint of things to come?

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

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Local
8:01 am
Tue December 31, 2013

First Day Hikes give NYers chance to start new year on the right foot

Credit nysparks.com

WBFO's Jay Moran on New York's First Day Hikes

New Yorkers resolved to having a healthier new year could get a step ahead Wednesday with a special hiking program at some of the region's state parks. Guided First Day Hikes are planned at 23 state parks and historic sites, including Letchworth, Allegany and Fort Niagara.

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Education
12:43 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

UB student wins esteemed Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships are awarded to no more than 40 American college students each year. Recently, a University at Buffalo student became just the second in UB's history to win the prestigious award. WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with both.

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Local
9:00 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Press Pass: No end in sight for development tax breaks

WBFO'S Jay Moran & Jim Fink in studio.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The tax breaks issued for Uniland's plan for a mixed-use complex at Delaware and Chippewa has touched off a community debate over the issue. While some legislators are clamoring for an end to development tax abatements, Business First's Jim Fink doesn't see that happening anytime soon.

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Local
10:47 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Sabres fire Regier, Rolston; bring back LaFontaine, Nolan

Pat LaFontaine and Ted Nolan will attempt to guide the team out of the NHL basement.
Credit Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres announced major organizational changes Wednesday, bringing back former Sabre Pat LaFontaine to serve as president of hockey operations and Ted Nolan to be interim head coach. Former coach Ron Rolston and longtime General Manager Darcy Regier have been fired.

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Local
11:16 am
Tue November 5, 2013

McCarthy says low turnout may fuel election upsets

As an "off year" election, voting is likely to be sparse today, with some predicting a turnout level as low as 30 percent. According to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, some local candidates view the low totals as an opportunity.

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Local
10:28 am
Tue October 22, 2013

McCarthy looks at county comptroller's race

Though the candidates may lack the "proper credentials" to serve as Erie County Comptroller, Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy believes Democrat Kevin Gaughan and Republican incumbent Stefan Mychajliw enjoy the high name recognition sought by every political candidate

.

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Politics
11:20 am
Tue October 15, 2013

McCarthy: A WNYer at Cuomo's side?

Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy

Though Election Day is fast approaching, much of the political news that revolves around speculation on a race for next year: the governor's race. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy talked with WBFO Tuesday morning about the latest political developments and rumors about the lieutenant governor's post.

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Local
11:10 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Writer/producer Tom Fontana returns to Buffalo

Buffalo's Tom Fontana, the producer/writer connected to such well-known works as St.Elsewhere, Oz and Homicide: Life on the Street, says he hasn't been back to Buffalo recently, but that will change this Columbus Day weekend when he appears at a series of events.

Tom Fontana shares some thoughts about his current projects, his award-winning work and his return to Buffalo this weekend.

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Local
8:26 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Democratic Party leaders tussle as Election Day nears

As Election Day approaches, local Democratic Party officials continue to offer a fractured front, says Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy.

In his weekly conversation with WBFO News, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy discusses the troubles of the Erie County Democratic Party and the dwindling treasury funds for Sergio Rodriguez.

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Local
10:51 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Martin Short highlights weekend of events in Jamestown

Comedian Martin Short

While planning events for Columbus Day weekend, organizers in Jamestown sought "to promote a healthy lifestyle, a fun lifestyle and a few laughs," said Journey Gunderson, Executive Director of the Lucy-Desi Museum and Center for Comedy. Those plans have produced the Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5K, and a performance by comedian Martin Short.

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Local
11:52 am
Thu October 3, 2013

JRT presents Mamet's "A Life in the Theatre"

To open its 2013-2014 season, the Jewish Repertory Theatre has chosen "A Life in the Theatre," written by David Mamet. "His writing, even in this play with a lot of humor, doesn't pull any punches," director Greg Natale said during a conversation with WBFO News.

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Local
9:57 am
Tue October 1, 2013

McCarthy previews November elections

With Election Day only a month away, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says he believes Republican Mayoral candidate Sergio Rodriguez needs to raise some money "to get his word out" if he is to upset Mayor Byron Brown.

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Local
10:57 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Jazz host Wallack heads to Broadcasters Hall of Fame

Al Wallack hosted WEBR's "Jazz in the Nighttime for nearly two decades.

The Buffalo Broadcasters Association welcomes former WNED-AM Program Director Al Wallack into its Hall of Fame. A 45-year veteran of local radio, Wallack earned a national reputation for his many years hosting "Jazz in the Nighttime" on Buffalo's WEBR-AM.

"I enjoyed my time learning in all those other formats, but I revere my time in jazz because I got to actually work on the radio, every night, presenting a bona fide art form. Not many people can say that," Wallack said.  

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Local
11:12 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Competition highlights Southern Tier artists

With a significant financial boost from the F. Donald Kenney Foundation, the Southern Tier Biennial offers artists a level of support not found often in juried art competitions, let alone those based in small cities like Jamestown and Olean.

Listen to some of the artists who entered their works in the 2013 Southern Tier Biennial.

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Local
7:26 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Scholars@Hallwalls series begins Friday

Promoted as both social and intellectual, the Scholars@Hallwalls lecture series begins this week, once again offering audiences a chance to engage with experts on a wide variety of subjects.

Dr. Elizabeth Otto, Executive Director at UB's Humanities Institute, discussed the lineup for the Scholars@Hallwalls series of lectures.

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Local
9:18 am
Wed September 11, 2013

McCarthy reflects on 'dismal' voter turnout

Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy
Credit WBFO News photo

With 68 percent of the vote, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown easily won the Democratic Primary against Bernie Tolbert. But, as Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy points out, only 20 percent of voters cast their ballots on Primary Day.

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Local
7:57 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Press Pass: Car traffic should boost Main Street business

Work along Main Street downtown to return traffic
Credit WBFO News file photo

"Bringing cars back to Main Street is an absolute must," Business First's Jim Fink said on WBFO's Press Pass. Fink follows the view that believes a mistake was made decades ago when car traffic was routed off Main Street, allowing for the installation of city's rapid transit system.

On WBFO's Press Pass, Jim Fink also offers perspective on development projects on Delaware Avenue and in Niagara Falls.

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Local
8:55 am
Wed August 28, 2013

McCarthy offers post-debate analysis

Buffalo News reporter Bob McCarthy, WGRZ-TV's Claudine Ewing, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley on mayoral debate panel.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Elibol, WNED/WBFO

"No knockout punch was thrown," says Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, though he says he believes the three candidates performed well in Tuesday night's mayoral debate at the studios of WNED-TV.

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Local
10:03 am
Tue August 27, 2013

McCarthy previews mayoral debate

With polls showing incumbent Byron Brown with a sizable lead in the race for Buffalo Mayor, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy believes tonight's debate on WBFO and WNED-TV could produce some surprises.

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