Mark Scott

Program host

Mark has been at WBFO since 1981, serving as News Director from 1981 through 1986 and 1992 to 2010. He's a 1977 graduate of Saint Bonaventure University, where he received a BA in Journalism. He served as News Director and Station Manager of the campus station, WSBU. After graduation, Mark was hired as News Director of WMNS Radio in Olean. 

Under Mark's leadership, the WBFO News Department has won more awards from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association than any other Buffalo radio station. In 2006, WBFO was awarded the grand prize from the Associated Press for overall excellence in news coverage. The newsroom has also been honored with national awards from Public Radio News Directors Inc. and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Mark is a member of Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and a board member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association. Mark is a past chairman of the board at the Northeast Family YMCA in Amherst, where he has been a member for more than 25 years.

Mark resides in Amherst with his wife Mary Lou, who recently retired from teaching music at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf. Their son, Anthony, is pursuing his MD/PhD at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Mark's interests include Buffalo radio history, reading, politics and cheering on the Bills, Sabres, Bisons, UB Bulls and the Bonnies.

If you have any comments about WBFO's local news programming, call Mark's direct line at (716) 829-5780, or e-mail him at mscott@wbfo.org.

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Slow Roll Buffalo returns Monday evening with a new season of bicycle rides through the city's diverse neighborhoods.

A Rochester man was shot and killed in West Seneca Saturday night.

WBFO News File Photo

The Buffalo Bills fired General Manager Doug Whaley and the pro and amateur scouting departments Sunday morning.

Rochester man killed in Skydiving accident

Apr 23, 2017

The Orleans County Sheriff's Department is investigating a skydiving accident that occurred in the Town of Barre  Saturday night.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly

Even though it is now legal, activists say there are still many obstacles in place that keep people from gaining access to medical marijuana.

A rash of shootings in Buffalo this weekend left one man dead and two seriously wounded.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Department is investigating a head-on collision Saturday night in the Niagara County town of Hartland.

Ethics reforms and changes designed to make it easier to vote in New York were left out of the new state budget but could resurface when lawmakers return from spring break.

Photo courtesy of Buffalo Spree

The Easter season is a special time, especially for those who are part of Buffalo's Polish-American community. The April issue of Buffalo Spree explores their culture and traditions.


The State Assembly approved the new state budget Saturday. State Senators will convene at 5:00 Sunday afternoon to vote on budget bills.

New York will be the first state in the nation to offer free college tuition to middle-class students under the new state budget deal worked out by Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers.

Natalie DiIenno, Lumiflux Media

Twenty-one students received top honors this weekend after taking part in the Western New York Regional Science and Engineering Fair at Cheektowaga Central High School.

State lawmakers are putting in a rare weekend searching for consensus on a new state budget, already a day late.

One woman was wounded in an early morning shooting Sunday at a party in Orchard Park. Town police officers responded to the Frank Young Sports Arena on North Buffalo Road around 1:30am.

Western New York Book Arts Center

A new exhibit is on display at the Western New York Book Arts Center downtown. It is titled "Contentual Relationships" and is organized by book artist, writer and storyteller Scott Kristopher.

Niagara Falls Police responded to a Third Street bar early this morning where four people were reportedly stabbed.

Photo by Marian Hetherly / WBFO News

The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park kicked off its 2017 season Saturday. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the arrival of two of the park's main attractions -- the Little Rock and the Sullivans. The park was established two years later in 1979.

WBFO News File Photon

Congressman Brian Higgins says the failure of a Republican-sponsored bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is a victory for the American people. The Buffalo Democrat says the GOP legislation would have benefited insurance companies rather than the people it was supposed to help.

The former Bills coach is landing the TV gig many expected he would get after being fired.

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The real estate market in the Buffalo Niagara region is red hot. The March issue of Buffalo Spree explores both residential and commercial real estate in Western New York. Editor Elizabeth Licata says the region experienced little impact from the bursting of the housing bubble in 2008. She tells WBFO's Mark Scott in this week's Press Pass it was that stability which is contributing to the hot market now.


Local Democrats are praising the election of favorite son Tom Perez as the new chairman of the national party.

St. Lawrence Church in Buffalo is expected to be overflowing at its noon Mass Sunday, thanks to Buffalo Mass Mob.

Officers from the University at Buffalo Police Department are investigating an attempted sexual assault that occurred early Sunday morning.

Republican Congressman Thomas Reed was greeted by scores of boisterous protesters Saturday at town hall meetings in Western New York.

Photo courtesy of National Weather Service

Rain, freezing rain and sleet will change to all snow by late Sunday afternoon as a winter storm moves through Western New York.

There's a push underway for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft in upstate New York.

Refugees and immigrants in the Buffalo area met with attorneys and other experts Saturday at a question and answer session at Jericho Road on Barton Street.

Buffalo State student wins free trip to Super Bowl

Feb 5, 2017

A Buffalo State College student is in Houston for Sunday night's Super Bowl -- with all expenses paid.

Photo courtesy of Buffalo Spree

The February issue of Buffalo Spree is all about being a vegetarian in Western New York -- from where to find the freshest vegetables to creative vegetarian menu choices at restaurants.

Still, Buffalo is a meat-eating city that celebrates wings and beef on weck. So, in this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata said it can be difficult to be a vegetarian here.

From the February issue:

A burst of lake effect snow hit the Metro Buffalo region for a time Saturday night. The bands have since moved back south into ski country.

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