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2:56 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Tom Magliozzi, Popular Co-Host Of NPR's 'Car Talk,' Dies At 77

Tom Magliozzi's laugh boomed in NPR listeners' ears every week as he and his brother, Ray, bantered on Car Talk.
Courtesy of Car Talk

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 6:23 pm

Tom Magliozzi, one of public radio's most popular personalities, died on Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77 years old.

Tom and his brother, Ray, became famous as "Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers" on the weekly NPR show Car Talk. They bantered, told jokes, laughed and sometimes even gave pretty good advice to listeners who called in with their car troubles.

If there was one thing that defined Tom Magliozzi, it was his laugh. It was loud, it was constant, it was infectious.

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Cultural
8:04 am
Thu October 30, 2014

How Shark Girl came to be

Shark Girl sitting at Canalside in Buffalo
Credit Ashley Hirtzel

When Shark Girl moved into Buffalo in August she started a conversation via social media as to where she came from and what her creator Casey Riordan Millard was thinking by crafting her. WBFO’s Ashley Hirtzel talked with Canalside visitors and sat down with the artist and to find out how Shark Girl came to be.

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Cultural
9:45 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Members weigh in on Albright-Knox expansion

Credit File photo

For Albright-Knox Art Gallery Director Janne Siren, it's time for a listening tour as the cultural center looks to an expanded future.

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Cultural
5:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Preventing immigrant domestic violence & human trafficking

Outside the International Institute of Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some women refugee and immigrants who come to Buffalo struggle with domestic violence and become easy targets for human trafficking. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the International Institute of Buffalo provides important services for these women as they try to live a new life in our city. 

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Cultural
5:00 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Allegany Artisans Tour's 27th year features 39 studios

Allegany Artisans
Credit Photo from Allegay Artisans

What is considered one of the oldest studio tours in the country continues Sunday near the beautiful Genesee River in Allgeany County.  It the 27th annual Allegany Artisans Studio Tour.   WBFO'S Eileen Buckley spoke with H.M. Bateman with Allegany Artisans. She said  39-studios will be opened to the public across the towns of Allegany.

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Cultural
8:54 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Singing the blues in downtown Buffalo

Tommy Z and Billy The Kid joined forces at Saturday night's Blues Bash
Eileen Elibol/WNED

If you ask Ontario resident Susie Chase, there's nothing quite like spending a Saturday night listening to the blues in downtown Buffalo.

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Cultural
9:31 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Russert exhibit ready to open at Buffalo History Museum

"Inside Tim Russert's Office: If It's Sunday, It's 'Meet the Press'"
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A grand opening for an exhibit that honors the memory of Tim Russert opens to the public Friday. The Buffalo History Museum will hold a sneak preview for the media tonight. WBFO's Eileen Buckley got a private tour of the exhibit.

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Cultural
8:15 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Memphis star Billy The Kid headlines WBFO Buffalo Blues Bash

Billy the Kid
Credit WNED/WBFO

The WBFO Buffalo Blues Bash takes place Saturday night at the WBFO/WNED studios. The opening band is Buffalo's own Tommy Z Band and the headliner is a finalist in the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Billy the Kid and the Regulators. 

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Cultural
6:54 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Songwriter Allen Toussaint's wide appeal, from the Pointer Sisters to the Grateful Dead

Allen Toussaint
Credit Facebook: Allen Toussaint page

The songs of Allen Toussaint have been some of the biggest hits in American music since the 1960s. 


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Cultural
4:00 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

WBFO's Buffalo Blues Bash to feature national and local acts

Billy the Kid and the Regulators
Credit WNED/WBFO

In its ongoing quest to lure top-performing acts while fostering local talent, WBFO's Buffalo Blues Bash will feature two respected bands when hundreds of blues fans gather in the WNED/WBFO studios Oct. 18.

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Cultural
10:26 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Visiting Bob Newhart reflects on Lucy's legacy

Bob Newhart will be in Jamestown Saturday, October 11, at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts
Credit lucy-desi.com

Comedy legend Bob Newhart will bring his unique brand of deadpan humor to Jamestown Saturday as a featured performer at this year's Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5K Weekend. 

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Cultural
7:00 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Noel “Paul” Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary fame to perform at Canisius College

Peter, Paul & Mary.

One of the performers from the legendary 1960s folk group Peter, Paul and Mary will be in Buffalo this week. Noel "Paul" Stookey will hold a performance and lecture at 7 p.m. Friday at Canisius College in the Montante Cultural Center. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with Stookey about the famous trio, his songwriting and his activism.


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Press Pass with Buffalo Spree's Elizabeth Licata
7:30 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Press Pass: WNY celebrates fall and a conversation with Jake Halpern

Autumn along the Niagara Gorge
Credit Photo courtesy of Buffalo Spree

The Ellicottville Fall Festival begins this Friday.  Kids always enjoy the fun at Pumpkinville in Great Valley or the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence.  And there are any number of Octoberfest celebrations.  It's all part of fall in Western New York.

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Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
4:00 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

BPO opera "Bluebeard's Castle" features Chihuly art

Dale Chihuly's art will be part of BPO opera "Bluebeard's Castle."
Credit Photo by Misty Harris / WBFO News

Renowned artist Dale Chihuly sets the stage when JoAnn Falletta leads the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Bela Bartók’s one-act opera, Bluebeard’s Castle Wednesday, October 1, 7 p.m.  Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano, and Charles Robert Austin, baritone, perform the lead roles in this rarely-staged opera.

Cultural
6:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Stars, fans converge in Toronto for annual film festival

The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, is one of the most anticipated films at this year's Toronto film festival.
Credit tiff.net

The Toronto International Film Festival starts Thursday. Over the years, the festival has become one of Hollywood's most important vehicles for launching new work and this year appears to be no exception.

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Cultural
6:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Toronto ranks 4th on list of best places to live

Credit toronto.ca

The annual ratings are out from The Economist Magazine on the best places to live in the world. Three of them are in Canada and Toronto ranks fourth.

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Cultural
9:06 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Whimsical 'Shark Girl' sculpture unveiled at Canalside

'Shark Girl' finds permanent home at Canalside.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

An unusual public sculpture was unveiled at Canalside in downtown Buffalo Tuesday. The art project is one of several to be unveiled across the region as part of the Public Art Initiative, which is a collaborative effort between the city of Buffalo, Erie County, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

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Cultural
1:35 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Library mural first of many planned public artworks

Tape Art Executive Director Kristen Carbone working on the public mural.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A new public art piece is being constructed outside the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. The mural is one of several that will be put up as part of an Albright-Knox Art Gallery initiative across Erie County. A public art project is expected to be installed at Canalside over the next few weeks.

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Chautauqua Institution
6:28 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Chautauqua Preview: Health Care -- From Bench to Bedside

The Chautauqua Institution is in the midst of a three-year series that is exploring health care issues.  This week, Chautauqua examines health care from the "bench to bedside."  And as WBFO's Mark Scott reports in our last Chautauqua Preview of the year, this week will also feature a wide variety of music from classical and folk to rock and jazz.

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Cultural
2:28 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Meet the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Class of ’14

2014 Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductees pose for photos at the Buffalo History Museum.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame announced this year's inductees.  Most of the winners appeared at the Buffalo History Museum Wednesday morning. The 2014 class includes VH1 President and Buffalo State graduate Tom Calederon.

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Chautauqua Institution
6:56 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Chautauqua Preview: The Global Public Square

CNN Fareed Zakaria speaks Monday morning

The Amphitheater at the Chautauqua Institution will be transformed into a Global Public Square this week.  As WBFO's Mark Scott reports in our Chautauqua Preview, this week's speakers will illuminate some serious global issues.

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Press Pass with Buffalo Spree's Elizabeth Licata
6:55 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Press Pass: Biking in Buffalo

More and more people are biking for transportation, exercise or just plain fun -- so much so, that Buffalo Spree devoted part of its August issue to the topic.  On this week's Press Pass, the magazine's editor Elizabeth Licata joins WBFO's Mark Scott to talk about "Western New York on Two Wheels."

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Cultural
2:26 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Leaders hoping to make African American Heritage Corridor a tourist draw

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Plans to turn a historic section of Buffalo's East Side into a tourist destination received a shot in the arm Thursday when Lt. Governor Robert Duffy presented a ceremonial $250,000 check to the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission.

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Cultural
9:08 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Author inspired by Tennessee Williams on book tour through Buffalo

Author Margaret Bradham Thornton edited Tennessee Williams's Notebooks and wrote her own novel, Charleston, was touring in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The author who edited Tennessee Williams's Notebooks is on a book tour. Margaret Bradham Thornton is touring in support of her new novel Charleston. Thornton appeared at Talking Leaves in Buffalo Wednesday. Tuesday at noon she appears at the Chautauqua Institution's Bookstore to sign copies. WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Thornton, who spent a decade editing the writings of Williams. 

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Cultural
12:18 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

175th Erie County Fair opens its gates

Today marks the opening of the 175th annual Erie County Fair in Hamburg.

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Chautauqua Institution
9:14 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Chautauqua Preview: A Week with Ken Burns

This June 12, 1919 photo provided by PBS shows Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt with their children in Washington. The seven-part Ken Burns' documentary, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," premiers on PBS and WNED September 14th.
Credit AP Photo/PBS, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, Hyde Park, NY, Daniel J. White

Filmmaker Ken Burns' latest production, "The Roosevelts," will premiere on PBS in September.  This week, Burns will be appearing at the Chautauqua Institution to talk about this and the other films he's produced during his illustrious career.  More now from WBFO's Mark Scott in our Chautauqua Preview.

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Chautauqua Institution
8:47 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Chautauqua Preview: Brazil -- Rising Superpower

Flower gardens at entrance to the Chautauqua Institution.
Credit Photo courtesy of the Chautauqua Institution

In a summer when Brazil took center stage as host of soccer's World Cup, South America's largest country is receiving a week's worth of attention at the Chautauqua Institution.  WBFO's Mark Scott reports on "Brazil: Rising Superpower" in this week's Chautauqua Preview.

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Cultural
10:05 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Exhibit honors life of former first lady, Buffalo native Frances Folsom Cleveland

Frances Folsom Cleveland memorabilia
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A celebration of the 150th birthday of Frances Folsom Cleveland, an exhibit is now on display at the Robert H. Jackson U.S. Courthouse. The display highlights the life and legacy of the former first lady, who was a Buffalo native.

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Chautauqua Institution
7:51 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Chautauqua Preview: The American West

W. Richard West, Jr. delivers the Wednesday morning lecture at the Amphitheater

The Chautauqua Institution explores the American West this week -- in its daily lectures and in an original arts production that will be staged in the Amphitheater Saturday night.

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Cultural
10:35 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Inaugural Canalside beer festival a celebration of suds

Credit buffalobrewersfestival.com

A favorite beverage of many Western New Yorkers will be celebrated this weekend at Canalside. 

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