Buffalo Broadcasters Association Partner with SUNY Buffalo State

Buffalo, NY – In what may be the only collaboration of its kind in the United States, the Buffalo Broadcasters Association (BBA) is working with Buffalo State to produce a television show airing on a local broadcast station.

Broadcasting Buffalo is a 10-part series focusing on current issues, which will be broadcast Saturday evenings at 6:30 on WNYO-TV.

It is the brain-child of BBA Vice President Stephen Monaco. One of the goals of the collaboration is to provide real world experience as the students work with a wide range of broadcasting professionals.

“One of the BBA’s goals is to nurture the next generation of broadcasters,” said Stephen Monaco. “Many of our members are excited that they can help.”

The communications department at Buffalo State actually designed two distinct classes, one broadcast journalism and one TV production, to produce the show. Ellen Notarius and Rick Karnath are teaching the courses.

The students are responsible for creating the news stories that explain the issue, booking guests, prepping the host, and the production of the 30-minute show.

Each week a different Buffalo Broadcasting veteran will host the show. Early hosts include former WBEN-AM and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer, former WGRZ-TV consumer reporter Mike Igoe, former WGRZ-TV anchor/reporter Suzanne Chamberlain, and former WIVB-TV reporter Erika Brason.

“Our organization also thanks Nick Magnini at WNYO for working with us to get a great time slot,” BBA President Katie Morse said.

The BBA and Buff State are already preparing the next 10 episode arc of the series, which will highlight legends in local broadcasting.

For more information on the Buffalo Broadcasters Association, visit www.buffalobroadcasters.com.