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.

Buffalo Beauts

There’s meaningful playoff hockey being played in Buffalo this Friday night. The NWHL playoffs are starting and Buffalo Beauts take on the Connecticut Whale at Northtown Center in Amherst at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow night. Victory Press and women’s hockey reporter Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about what the Beauts need to do to win this winner take all play-in game.

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation is expecting to meet the Buffalo Public Schools in court two weeks from today. The BTF says the BPS is not meeting state requirements for music education. Amidst the conflict, two Hutch Tech High School music teachers could be facing a position cut after speaking out about the issue. Retired Hutch Tech music teacher Ben Boyar and two alumni spoke about some of the challenges they faced as part of the band program.

The playoff brackets are set for the Buffalo Beauts and the NWHL, but there’s still one more weekend of games left to play. With the Beauts still struggling, this weekend’s games against the Metropolitan Riveters could serve as preparation for a playoff surge. Victory Press and women’s hockey reporter Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about how the Beauts can improve and the year in review for the NWHL.

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Western New York organizations like Crisis Services and the Suicide Prevention Coalition have launched a campaign that encourages men to speak up about their mental health. The campaign titled “Be A Man” features several local men sharing their stories of living with mental illness. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with writer and former radio newsman Steve Cichon, who is one of the people who shared his story dealing with anxiety and depression. They discuss toxic masculinity, how to ask for help and more.

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Mental Health Peer Connection has launched a public awareness campaign that aims to further help reduce mental health stigma. The Erie County group has been operating for over 25 years and offers programs and facilities to help those living with mental illness.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the Sabres dissapointing loss Tuesday to the Ottawa Senators, the team's outlook ahead of the trade deadline, and some of the challenges Jason Botterill is facing as General Manager.

Smaller arts and cultural organizations in Erie County will now have an easier pathway to apply for funding.

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History is being made at the Oscars this weekend. The first ever woman conductor, Eimear Noone, will lead the orchestra. Her instrument of choice to lead the group? A baton made by Buffalo’s Phil Aguglia. WBFO’s Nick Lippa visited Aguglia in his workshop where he put on the finishing touches of a baton now on its way to Los Angeles and explained how making a baton for Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra music director JoAnn Falletta played a major role in developing his craft.

Buffalo Beauts

The Buffalo Beauts struggles continue. After a long break, they will be back in action next weekend on the road against the Metropolitan Riveters. In the meantime, many players continue to boycott the NWHL and are working to develop the game of women's hockey as part of the Professional Women's Hockey Players' Association. Victory Press and women’s hockey reporter Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about the current status of both organizations, recent media coverage of women's hockey and the impact its had on viewers, plus the upcoming NWHL All-Star Game and what the Beauts need to do to avoid a play-in game.

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Karl Shallowhorn has made a name for himself as one of the region’s largest mental health advocates. Before he became the chair of the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition, he spent many of his formative years at Buffalo State’s college radio station WBNY. Shallowhorn spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about how music and WBNY helped him graduate after he received his bipolar disorder diagnosis.

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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.


Thursday Night Terrors

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.


Buffalo Beauts

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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