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WBNY’s New Media Weekend: An Interactive Look at Twenty-First-Century Communication

To celebrate 25 years as Buffalo’s Original Alternative, WBNY-FM 91.3, the college’s student-run radio station, is finalizing plans for New Media Weekend: An Interactive Look at Twenty-First-Century Communication.

The three-day event October 25–27 will feature national and local media experts who will explore and discuss the future of media through panels and speaking engagements, as well as a concert by the English Beat. All panels are free and open to Buffalo State students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

Publisher Judith Regan will moderate a panel titled “The Multi-Platform World: Information 24/7” at 3:30 p.m. Friday, October 26, in Bulger Communication Center South. A veteran of print, radio and television, Regan is widely known for publishing celebrity autobiographies such as Private Parts (Howard Stern); Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ’Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big (Jose Canseco); The Way Things Ought to Be (Rush Limbaugh); and Little Girl Lost (Drew Barrymore). She made headlines last year for her role in O. J. Simpson’s controversial book, If I Did It.

“We felt Judith Regan was a perfect fit to lead a discussion on how our culture is affected by the popularity, presence, and proliferation of media 24/7,” said Tina Peel, award-winning on-air personality of 107.7 the Lake (WLKK-FM) and chair of WBNY’s 25th Anniversary Committee. “Her experience of not only presenting the news but being a part of the news should make for an intriguing dialogue.”

Regan’s television experience includes Judith Regan Tonight on Fox News Channel, while she hosts the Judith Regan Show on Sirius Satellite Radio every Wednesday. Joining Regan’s panel will be Ralph Cipolla (consultant, Jacobs Media), Jonathan Cohen (overnight assignment editor, Fox News New York), Kimberly Evering (Web content manager, Northern Virginia Community College; formerly with AOL), Denise Oliver (founder, Oliver Media; formerly senior vice president for programming, Westwood One), and John Rosso (senior vice president, Citadel Interactive Division, in charge of all interactive platforms including those of ABC Radio Networks).

Panel discussions on Saturday, October 27, will cover such topics as media consumer demand, the future of traditional media, and the future of new media. Local media members scheduled to participate include Elena Cala Buscarino (managing editor, Buffalo Rising), Randy Bushover (producer and reporter, WBEN-AM 930), Dave Debo (reporter, WBEN-AM 930), David McKinley (reporter, WROC-TV), Sue O’Neil (program director, WKSE-FM 98.5; on-air personality, WTSS [STAR-FM 102.5]), and Jerry Zremski (Washington bureau chief, Buffalo News; president, National Press Club).

New Media Weekend activities will culminate in the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall, as WBNY reprises the English Beat. Considered one of the most popular and influential bands of the British ska movement, the group headlined the first WBNY-sponsored show in April 1983. Tickets for the 8:00 p.m. show, which features local opening act Lazlo Hollyfeld, are $20 and may be purchased at the Rockwell Hall Box Office, by phone at ext. 3005, or online at

WBNY-FM 91.3 has been Buffalo’s Original Alternative for 25 years. WBNY is completely student-run and funded solely by Buffalo State’s student activity fee. The station’s 60-member student staff, all of whom are unpaid, determines programming on a daily basis. A source for local and underground music since its inception, WBNY also airs innovative talk shows; artist interviews; coverage of special on-campus events; and Buffalo State football, basketball, and hockey games.

New Media Weekend is sponsored by WBNY, the WBNY Alumni Chapter, the Buffalo State College Alumni Association, the Faculty-Student Association, VH1 and For more information, please contact the Alumni Affairs Office, ext. 6001. WBNY’s Alumni Chapter will also be posting regular updates about the weekend’s events on its Web site.