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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Local people outraged by President Trump's order barring some immigrants and refugees from entering the country staged protests nationwide Saturday. They rallied at airports, including Buffalo Niagara International Airport. About 150 protesters held signs in support of welcoming refugees to our community.

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Lake effect snow continues to fall in areas well south of Buffalo.

Despite claims by Republican leaders in Congress that an immediate repeal of Obamacare is imminent, some rank-and-file Republicans are pushing for a more cautious approach.

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The January issue of Buffalo Spree introduces us to some local people who work behind the scenes to make our community better. Plus, there's an article about a Picasso exhibit. And the magazine is beginning its golden anniversary celebration. Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata joins WBFO's Mark Scott for this week's Press Pass. She says her writers enjoy introducing readers to people who are making a difference.

The Buffalo Bills kept their slim playoff hopes alive by beating the hapless Cleveland Browns Sunday 33-13 at New Era Field. Running back LeSean McCoy ran for two touchdowns. Coach Rex Ryan spent much of his post-game news conference addressing his uncertain job status. Bills analyst Matt Sabuda talks about the game with WBFO's Mark Scott in Monday's edition of "Beyond the Playbook."

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Road conditions have improved after a treacherous start to the morning. Freezing rain and falling temperatures overnight iced up area roadways.

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More than five thousand fans turned out at the KeyBank Center Saturday for the Big Four Classic. All four of the region's Division One men's basketball teams played. St. Bonaventure beat Niagara in the opener, while Canisius topped UB in overtime in the second game.

The Buffalo Police Department says there's been another incident of a man posing as a service worker who tried to gain entry to a household.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer wants federal officials to move faster to require mass transit employees nationwide be screened through federal terrorism watch lists.

U.S Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a U-S citizen at the Peace Bridge on Saturday, charging him with possession of an unlicensed loaded handgun and drugs.

The first public meeting was held with residents Saturday about a University at Buffalo study that will examine soil pollution around the Tonawanda Coke plant.

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People looking to celebrate the start of the holiday season had no shortage of tree lighting ceremonies  Saturday. There were at least six of them, probably more, across the community.

Cuban exiles now living in Miami are cheering news of the death of Fidel Castro at the age of 90. But a University at Buffalo professor who spent significant time in Cuba doing research says there is likely a much different reaction to Castro's death inside Cuba.

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As 2016 draws to a close, Buffalo Spree is highlighting the contributions of people who are making a difference in our community. The December issue features the People of the Year.


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