Mike Desmond

"The Lessons of Woodstock" / Associated Press

When Jimi Hendrix was taking the Woodstock stage for his legendary performance, Mike Desmond was driving back to Utica for work on Monday morning. That performance aside, Desmond was on-site covering most of the festival for The Daily Press.


World-renowned writer Amos Oz died Friday in Tel Aviv at the age of 79. He brought his message to this region 2011 as part of Just Buffalo Literary Center's Babel series. At that time, he provided his insights during an interview with WBFO's Mike Desmond.

Center for Health, Environment & Justice

It was 40 years ago this week when federal officials declared the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls, NY a disaster area. In the first of a series of "Reporter's Notebook" stories reflecting on behind the scenes of that infamous period in Western New York history, WBFO's Mike Desmond talks with Morning Host Jay Moran about covering the story for the former Courier-Express newspaper.


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The Shaw Festival has named British director Tim Carroll as its next artistic director. Carroll discussed his plans for the Niagara-on-the-Lake institution in a conversation with WBFO's Mike Desmond.


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The Shaw Festival's production of "Peter and the Starcatcher" is drawing favorable reviews. One of the show's stars, actor Martin Happer, took time recently to discuss his role as Black Stache.


When it comes to beer in Buffalo, everything old is new again. That's the view of two authors, Ethan Cox and Michael Rizzo, who say the emergence of microbreweries in Buffalo, in some ways, reflects the atmosphere of decades ago when there was a heavy presence of beer makers throughout the city.

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D-W-I charges are still filed by police and prosecuted. On this week's edition of...You and the Law, attorney Nicholas Michael Rossi talks about the increasing complexity of these cases.

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Not all civil court cases where the plaintiff wins lead to a check being handed to the winner.

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Medical malpractice law is complicated, tangled, and expensive.

New book pictures waterfront resurgence

Dec 11, 2014

The Buffalo waterfront has become a spectacle of change and construction. That process is on display in the new picture book "Celebrating Buffalo Waterfront: There's a Renaissance in Progress and It's Yours to Enjoy."

Buffalo native Gina Fava is out with her latest novel, a look at a serial killer in Italy. The Sculptor is a thriller that takes the reader to some of Europe's most famous destinations.

At the Stratford Festival this season, veteran actor Mike Shara is keeping busy, performing in three of the big shows.

At the Stratford Festival this year, Seana McKenna is the lead in "Mother Courage and Her Daughters." She's also in "King John." The parts, she tells WBFO's Mike Desmond, are physically demanding.

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Best-selling author David Sedaris stopped in Buffalo Friday as part of a national book tour. He gave a reading at Talking Leaves Books and made an appearance at the WBFO studios, where he spoke with Mike Desmond.

In "Kinder Than Solitude," Chinese-American writer Yiyun Li looks at growing up in Beijing in the wake of the massacre at Tianamen Square.

This week's edition of You and the Law deals with Social Security Disability, a program to help those of working age who can no longer work. Mike Desmond spoke with attorney Harry Forrest.

For many people, their first exposure to the legal system is when they are involved in a car crash.

This week on You & the Law, WBFO and AM970's Mike Desmond talks with attorney William Patrick Moore about the legal ramifications of serious automobile accidents.