Q & A with WBFO's Mark Wozniak

WBFO FM turns sixty



Photo by kc kratt

 

WBFO FM, Western New York’s NPR news station, turns sixty this year. Program host Wozniak, with the station since 1978, talks about that history.

 

What was the early programming like?

It was a student run station, with only six or eight hours of programs daily. A show, This Is Radio, was created in the mid-1960s by then-general manager Bill Siemering, who went on to help create NPR and used it as a template for All Things Considered.

 

What have been the biggest changes?

The evolution from a fragmented music station to a more streamlined news and information station evolved in large part through the efforts of longtime news director Mark Scott and program director David Benders.

 

What about your experiences at the station?

I was the station’s computer programmer, in charge of our first website, and computerized our listener-donor database. My computer roots also led me to be the station’s traffic director, scheduling, printing, reconciling, and billing for our daily program logs. I’ve done just about everything at WBFO, except climb the tower.

 

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