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For immediate release
Thursday, June 22, 2001

NPR: Laura Gross,

Buffalo is Focus of National Radio Show

WASHINGTON, DC-NPR®'s Weekend Edition® Sunday will focus on Buffalo, NY, during its two-hour broadcast on Sunday, July 1, 2001. NPR will take a special look at the history, evolution and future of "The City of Light." The broadcast coincides with Buffalo's celebration of the 100th anniversary of its 1901 Pan Am Exposition, a fair that featured the latest technologies of the time and attracted nearly eight million people.

During the first hour of the show, host Liane Hansen will look back on the shifting socioeconomic factors that have influenced the city over the past 100 years. During the second hour of the show, NPR reporters will share stories from Buffalo's surrounding areas, including Lackawanna and Niagara Falls. On several visits to the area, Hansen and producers from the program spoke with Mayor Anthony Masiello and University at Buffalo President William R. Greiner, shopkeepers, students, teachers, historians, recent immigrants and longtime residents of Buffalo and its surrounding cities and towns.

"Buffalo has always fascinated me since I visited my aunt Zula there when I was 10 years old," Hansen says. "When the idea of a trip there for the show was introduced, it was a natural. From the relationship between Canada and the United States, to the 'curse' of the McKinley assassination, to Charlie Chaplin candy at the Broadway market - the people of Buffalo have wonderful stories that are meant to be heard."

This special Weekend Edition Sunday can be heard in the Buffalo area on WBFO 88.7 FM and WNED 970 AM. WBFO will broadcast the show at its regular time from 8:00 a.m. -- 10:00 a.m. and again from 10:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m., and WNED will broadcast the show at its regular time from 8:00 a.m. -- 10:00 a.m.

Weekend Edition Sunday is part of NPR's celebrated collection of newsmagazines, which includes All Things Considered®, Weekend All Things Considered®, Morning Edition®, and Weekend Edition® Saturday. Like all of NPR's newsmagazines, Weekend Edition Sunday brings listeners in-depth news, analysis and commentaries along with features and interviews on the arts and cultural issues.

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