Nick Lippa


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.

Buffalo-based mental health advocate Karl Shallowhorn has launched a new podcast dedicated to discussing the relationship music has with mental health. He spoke with his first guest, his daughter Sarah Shallowhorn, to kick off season one of ‘Mental Health Verses’.


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Buffalo’s North Park Theatre opens April 22 for the first time since November. Even if restrictions continue to be lifted, North Park Program Director Ray Barker says they will take their time returning to the maximum allowed capacity.


No playoff hockey for the Buffalo Sabres this year. So they made some big moves leading up to Monday’s NHL trade deadline. Buffalo Hockey Beat reporter Bill Hoppe spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about who is staying and who is going.


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New York State plans to open 24-hour mental health urgent care facilities. Spectrum Health, who currently operates as Erie County’s only "Urgent Mental Health and Addiction Care Clinic," has seen the need for services rise since opening.

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Nusantara Arts, Buffalo's first Javanese gamelan orchestra, is receiving additional funding moving forward to purchase new instruments and expand their reach. 


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Recreational use of marijuana has been passed by the New York State Legislature and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Local hemp farmer and Singer Farm Naturals co-owner Tom Zulist, who operates in Niagara County on the Ontario shoreline, spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about what he’s excited to see come next.



Kathie Gansemer concentrates on her breath first.

Slow, steady breaths.

Then, perhaps, she recites an inspirational quote or a poem to set the mood. One of her favorites is from the 13th-century Persian poet, Rumi. It encourages the reader to welcome even the most disturbing thoughts and emotions as a potential means to clear the way for an unexpected delight.

Then, focus.

At 2:30 p.m. Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is holding a live update on the current status of coronavirus in New York State. Listen to it here.

The NHL is postponing the Buffalo Sabres next game against the Boston Bruins Saturday afternoon, as five of the Bruins players have now entered the NHL’s COVID protocols.



Another one-day pop-up vaccination clinic is open in Buffalo today for residents of the 14207 zip code. The Northwest Buffalo Community Center is distributing vaccines until 4 p.m. this afternoon.

The Buffalo Sabres can't buy a win. The team has gone 0-10-2 over its past 12 games. The NHL season is about half way through, but the Sabres are already out of the playoff hunt. Unsurprisingly, Head Coach Ralph Krueger was relieved of his duties Wednesday morning. Buffalo Hockey Beat reporter Bill Hoppe discusses how the Sabres got to this point, who will coach the team moving forward and what to expect from the team as they enter a brutal upcoming schedule.

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It was a year ago Monday that Erie County declared a state of emergency over COVID-19. The ensuing sickness, death and shutdowns has changed life as we knew it. Here’s a look from the WBFO staff at the lingering effects the pandemic has had on Western New York.

At 12 p.m. Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is holding a live update on the current status of coronavirus in New York State. Watch it here.


The University at Buffalo men’s and women's basketball teams are preparing for the Mid-American Conference tournament, now that the playoffs are back from a pandemic hiatus.

At 11:30 a.m. Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a live update on the current status of coronavirus in New York State. Watch it here.

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Catholic Health in Buffalo is distributing the J&J vaccine despite concerns that it is derived from aborted cells. Some U.S. faith leaders have expressed moral concerns about Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine.


Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown gave his State of the City Address at 12 p.m. Friday. Watch it here.

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Lake Ontario’s water levels are nearly 2' lower than they were this time last year. It has Great Lakes officials optimistic shoreline communities will avoid any major flood damage this year. As WBFO’s Nick Lippa reports, state-funded construction projects along Lake Ontario this summer aim to address long-term flooding concerns.


After suspending their shortened two-week season a month ago due to COVID-19, there are talks of the NWHL finishing their season in the near future. Victory Press and women’s hockey writer Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa on what’s possibly next for the league.


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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz gave his regular COVID-19 briefing Tuesday. Watch it live here.

Several arts-based groups have faced financial challenges navigating a full year of the pandemic. Starting this month, Erie County arts and cultural organizations can apply for grant funds for the 2022 calendar year.

One of Buffalo’s largest summer food festivals - The Taste of Buffalo - plans to return in-person this year.


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How do you approach writing a modern alma mater? SUNY Buffalo State will soon find out. The college is holding a competition to rewrite the lyrics of their 60-year-old song for the 150th anniversary of the college.



Communities throughout WNY have been launching "Stay In Your Home" campaigns this past month with fears foreclosures could drastically rise in 2021.

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Russell Salvatore is facing accusations of unjustly firing the former head of maintenance for Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More and Salvatore’s Grand Hotel and committing COVID-19 violations.

The Buffalo Sabres have won two of their past three games, but suffered some major injuries over the past week. Buffalo Hockey Beat reporter Bill Hoppe gives an update on the Sabres health, Jeff Skinner and previews their upcoming games.


WNY Land Conservancy

As the Western New York Land Conservency begins to take public comments on Buffalo's Riverline Project, the 1.5 mile stretch of land connecting Solar City in Downtown Buffalo to the DL&W Terminal, the team behind the concept is eager to bring their ideas to life. Paul Peters is Principal at Hood Design Studio, the group behind the project. He shared his insight on key elements that may be included, as well as the influence Frederick Law Olmsted continues to have on projects of this nature.

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Big changes are coming to the 1.5 mile stretch of the unused railroad corridor that runs from Solar City in Downtown Buffalo to the DL&W Terminal.


Opioid deaths are up in Erie County after multiple years of decline. But that’s not all. County officials are concerned with the rise in cocaine related overdoses.

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Construction at the Buffalo History Museum begins this week on their lower level gallery. It’s the second phase of a $2 million project that focuses on guest amenities, including new restrooms and an HVAC system.