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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A bill that would close a loophole in the state's child abuse reporting law has passed a State Senate Committee.

The return of milder temperatures and a threat of rain could create more ice jam flooding in the coming days.

The National Weather Service has posted a flood watch for people who live near creeks and streams in Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening.

Meteorologists say Buffalo, Cayuga, Cazenovia and Cattaraugus Creeks are typically most prone to ice jams.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office says one of its canines died suddenly Friday.

Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Buffalo

Habitat for Humanity Buffalo dedicated its 300th home Saturday.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says President Trump's use of an expletive to describe some poor nations across the world was ugly, disgusting and repulsive.

With the return of frigid temperatures to Western New York, the threat of flooding resulting from last week's brief thaw has eased. The remaining trouble spot is the Allegany River in Olean.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

For the first time in more than a week, Western New York is free of any severe weather warnings and advisories. A wind chill warning that had covered the region since Thursday expired Sunday morning.

The new year is a time when many people focus on their health and wellness. The January issue of Buffalo Spree explores a half-dozen wellness strategies -- some of them new and controversial. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says the use of medical cannabis is one strategy more and more people are looking at.

 

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Despite forecasts of bitter cold, Buffalo's New Year's Eve ball drop will go on as scheduled Sunday in Roosevelt Square downtown.

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All of Western New York will get more snow in the coming days. A "White Christmas" is guaranteed.

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The on and off again lake effect snow that has been falling in Buffalo for the past week has finally ended.

Authorities have identified the two victims who were hit by a car in Cattaraugus County Friday. Michael and Donna Phillips both died at the scene. Michael Phillips was supervisor of the Town of Salamanca while his wife Donna was town clerk-elect.

After a lull Saturday, more lake effect snow is heading our way. Narrow bands of heavy lake snow will intensify Sunday afternoon.

Niagara Falls Housing Authority

The former head of the Niagara Falls Housing Authority and two family members have entered guilty pleas to stealing government funds.

Erie County Sheriff's Department

The Erie County Sheriff's Department has moved into a new sub-station in Clarence.

A Florida teen, detained at by Customs officials at the Peace Bridge, now awaits an extradition hearing. The teen is considered a person of interest in connection with the death of his grandmother.

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Just in time for holiday celebrations, Buffalo Spree's December issue is exploring local distilleries, wineries and craft brewers. On this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says a recent change in state law paved the way for local distillers to begin making spirits.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Veterans Day to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can legally be treated with medical marijuana.

An elderly Cheektowaga man pleaded guilty Thursday to a hammer attack on his wife of 65 years.

The October issue of Buffalo Spree features a series of conversations on a variety of important local topics. One of them is whether Buffalo has too many restaurants. Another is the proposed expansion of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. There are some concerns about how the gallery expansion would eliminate part of the 1962 wing designed by Gordon Bunshaft. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata said there's little dispute the Albright-Knox needs more exhibit space.
 

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A new state grant will help the University at Buffalo train physicians and nurses on how to medically treat people who are addicted to opioids.

Watchdog groups in Buffalo are skeptical of a new crowd control device that the Buffalo Police Department has purchased. It will be used to disperse crowds when they become unruly.

A seasonal city employee is under arrest, accused of stabbing a dog on a South Buffalo Street Saturday morning.

A Williamsville man was killed Friday night when he was struck by a car while crossing the 1300 block of Maple Road.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is resorting to binding arbitration in the state's ongoing dispute with the Seneca Nation of Indians over the sharing of casino revenues.

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-Brooklyn) said Congress has a lot on its plate when lawmakers return to Washington after their summer recess. Both the House and Senate will be acting on a continuing resolution for government spending, an extension of the debt limit and tax reform.

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Top elected leaders in New York are critical of President Trump for failing to publicly denounce white extremist groups responsible for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend.

Photo from the Buffalo Bills website.

Bills fans learned some stunning news shortly before 1 p.m.  The Buffalo Bills traded one of the team's biggest stars, Sammy Watkins, to the Los Angeles Rams in return for cornerback EJ Gaines.

WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

Another round of wild weather impacted the Buffalo Niagara region Friday. Severe thunderstorms affected many parts of the Western New York area early Friday afternoon.

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Buffalo Spree is celebrating the Best of Western New York in its August issue. This is the magazine's 12th annual list, covering the best in dining, theater, music, media and much more. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata says the "best of" issue allows readers to have their say.


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