Nick Lippa

Reporter

Nick Lippa leads our Arts & Culture Coverage, and is also the lead reporter for the station's Mental Health Initiative, profiling the struggles and triumphs of those who battle mental health issues and the related stigma that can come from it.

He began his broadcasting career as a disc jockey for WBNY, the Buffalo State student-run radio station. He held multiple positions there including GM and Sports Director.

Nick was hired by Classical WNED and WBFO in July of 2016 after completing an internship for each earlier in the year.

Nick won a first place 2016 New York Associated Press Sports Feature Award for his story, "Old School Mentality on Hockey Head Injuries Slow to Change."  He also contributed works to WBFO’s first place award for sports coverage for excellent staff reports that were submitted as "Buffalo Has Become a Hockey Heaven." At the beginning of 2017, Nick started working every weekend as an afternoon host.

Nick is 2016 graduate of Buffalo State with a B.A. in Music and Media Production and a minor in Digital Music Production.

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Celtic influenced blues guitarist Davy Knowles is playing Iron Works Sunday night in Buffalo. In the past, he’s toured with Jeff Beck and Joe Satriani. He’s performing new solo album material and spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about what blues lovers can expect next from the Isle of Man native.


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Dipson Amherst Theatre's monthly cult-horror movie series is back for its eighth season starting with John Carpenter's 1987 film Prince of Darkness. Thursday Night Terrors, created by local horror fanatic Peter Vullo, has been going strong for almost four years now. He spoke with WBFO about the future of Terrors and shared his favorite horror films of 2019.

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Chris Collins will serve more than two years behind bars for the insider trading case that caused his fall from congressman to convicted felon.

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Plans for an extension of the Metro Rail into Amherst are moving along, but Citizens for Regional Transit don't want to stop there. Public transportation advocates say this is just the beginning.

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Lisa Maria Cruz has schizoaffective disorder and bipolar schizophrenia with a mood disorder. At the age of 31, Cruz started doing a form of Buddhist chanting which she says changed her life. As part of WBFO’s Mental Health initiative, Cruz talked to reporter Nick Lippa about how chanting impacts her on a day-to-day basis.

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On Saturday night, Nusantara Arts, formerly known as the Buffalo Gamelan Club, will be performing a show at the Buffalo Museum of Science in front of Indonesian artifacts and artwork. The one-night exhibit is a product of a growing gamelan scene in Buffalo and desire on the museum’s behalf to work with more local organizations.


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The Buffalo Beauts are heading in to the last third of their season on a losing streak. After a couple of tough losses to the undefeated Boston Pride, Victory Press and women’s hockey reporter Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about what needs to change for the Beauts to turn things around, Taylor Accursi's scoring touch, Jordan Juron's choice to come over to the NWHL, upcoming PWHPA events and more.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his tenth State of the State address Wednesday in Albany. WBFO reporters took in-depth look at what the governor and others are saying about some key challenges the state faces at the start of a new decade.

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A chorus in Amherst is putting on rock concerts multiple times a year as part of a nationally growing group. Rock Voices currently has choirs ranging from Vermont to Oregon and offers people who both can and can't read music the chance to sing. A Buffalo chapter of Rock Voices started earlier last year.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the tough guy signing of Dalton Smith ahead of their loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday. Hoppe also comments on the Sabres recent scoring struggles, NHL player safety, what making the playoffs in 2020 would mean for Buffalo and more.

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It’s the end of a decade. Over the course of the year, WBFO asked members of the community what does Buffalo need? It all depends who you ask.

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High Lake Ontario water levels have been a major concern for shoreline communities in recent years. In response, New York State created the REDI commission, which plans to improve infrastructure along the southern shoreline of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Something else that could help is increasing Lake Ontario's outflow in to the St. Lawrence River during the winter months.

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One final push is being made by the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition this year to raise awareness around the negative stereotypes surrounding mental health. The group, which started in 2017, is aiming to reach 3,500 pledges on their website to end stigma by the end of the year.

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Parents and teachers are moving forward with lawsuits against the Buffalo Public Schools over access to music education. It can partly be attributed to years of instability surrounding music education in city schools. WBFO’s Nick Lippa reports it has created an atmosphere of confusion, where in attempts to meet requirements, schools have implemented a technical one-minute period where students receive credit for music classes.

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Both parents and teachers are filing separate lawsuits against the Buffalo Public Schools, citing a lack of access to music education. The legal papers claim a legally-required arts sequence is only provided at two district high schools.

Buffalo Beauts

The Buffalo Beauts have won their past two games with an exciting comeback win against the Minnesota Whitecaps and convincing victory over the Connecticut Whale. The Beauts are off this weekend and currently hold second place in the NWHL, but will that last? Victory Press and NWHL reporter Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about that and the yet to be announced upcoming NWHL all-star game.

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Buffalo Seminary has become an officially committed Steinway Select School. What does that mean? As WBFO’s Nick Lippa reports, the partnership will allow SEM to offer new student scholarships for incoming freshmen and will help replace SEM’s old pianos with new Steinways.

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There are some Buffalo Public Schools that don’t offer music programs like chorus or art classes like photography. The Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) on Main Street currently helps fill a role by providing these kind of classes and more for students after school. BCAT has been growing recently due to increased interest. And they have been able to meet a growing need in part to increased philanthropic support.

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Chapter 11 bankruptcy is an option for a Buffalo diocese that is facing numerous lawsuits along with state and federal investigations. There have been several filings in recent years by religious orders or Dioceses around the country. So what comes next? Bankruptcy expert and UB Academic Affairs Vice-Dean Todd Brown spoke with Canisius College President John Hurley on the matter at this weekend’s Movement to Restore Trust symposium.

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Bishop Ed Scharfenberger, the interim administrator for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, attended a Movement to Restore Trust symposium at Canisius College Saturday morning. Scharfenberger was appointed to the interim role after Bishop Richard Malone resigned following backlash over the diocese's handling of accusations of clergy sexual misconduct.

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Financial stress can be a direct contributor to depression and anxiety. With Cyber Monday upon us, mental health professionals are reminding consumers to place their well-being first.

A measure in the New York State Assembly has been introduced by Northern Brooklyn representative Joseph Lentol that would establish mental health community clinics across New York State. The bill aims to increase accessibility to care, especially for those living in poverty. But there are other challenges that clinicians alone may not be able to help.

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The NWHL’s second place team, the Buffalo Beauts, had mixed results this past weekend winning a game against Connecticut and losing one to the still undefeated Boston Pride. It was their first action in nearly a month. This upcoming weekend they face the league’s third place team, the Minnesota Whitecaps, for two games. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with forward-defense Ashley Birdsall and goaltender Tiffany Tsu about how the season is going and discussed their incredible journeys to play professional hockey.

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After a third straight year of selling out Babeville, the Sportsmen’s Americana Music Foundation reenactment of “The Last Waltz” featuring talent from the Buffalo area is becoming a local Thanksgiving tradition. The 1978 Martin Scorsese documentary has become known as one of the greatest documentary concert films ever made. Robert McLennan, President of the Board of Directors of the Americana Music Foundation, sat down with WBFO’s Nick Lippa to talk about how it’s all come together over the years.

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A Connecticut-based real estate developer and his Buffalo-based partner are announcing they have secured conditional rights to a United Soccer League franchise for Buffalo. But it comes on the condition they can get a soccer-specific stadium built.


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PTSD. Eating disorders. Depression. Inclusive Theater of Western New York is tackling the stigma around serious issues at their second annual festival of shorts. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with some of the actors, some of whom who also wrote the shorts, about what audiences can expect from their performances this weekend.

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The Buffalo Beauts are back on the road this weekend to face off against the undefeated Boston Pride Saturday before a quick turnaround for an early Sunday game in Connecticut. Victory Press and women’s hockey reporter Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about what to watch for and how the Beauts home opener turnout was at their new home ice in Amherst. Also, Burgess shares her thoughts on the NWHL's presentation on Twitch, Olympic gold medalist Hilary Knight's comments referring to the NWHL as a "glorified beer league" and more.

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Basic first aid training for things such as bleeding, frostbite, or cardiac arrest can save someone’s life. The same could be said for Mental Health First Aid, a program that teaches how to notice the signs and symptoms of mental illness and connect those in need to appropriate care. The Community Health Center of Buffalo offers a free eight-hour training course about once a month. As part of WBFO’s Mental Health Initiative, reporter Nick Lippa received the training and spoke with others from October’s session to hear what they got out of it.

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The Buffalo Niagara Concert Band is holding a collaborative concert with the Buffalo’s Gay Men’s Chorus tonight to benefit Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of Western New York. Val Czamara, vice president of the band and tuba player, spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa on the group’s progression and how this event came together.

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It's just a matter of hours now before the votes will be tallied and candidates will know who will hold office. Many are coming out for the Erie County Executive race, pitting incumbent Mark Poloncarz against challenger Lynne Dixon, but there’s been several other factors which have impacted the polls this Election Day.

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