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

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Lancaster Town Supervisor Dino Fudoli has proven to be quite a controversial leader since assuming office on January 1st.  He's a proponent of limiting the financial incentives granted by the region's various industrial development agencies.  Fudoli then targeted town employee unions for criticism by describing public employees as being the "unproductive" segment of the economy.  Finally, he admitted late last month that he has not paid property taxes on various properties he owns. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says there is no timetable for making a final decision that would allow hydro-fracturing in New York. 

Cuomo has been keeping activists from both sides of the fracking issue in suspense.  Environmentalists are seeking a ban on the controversial procedure.  Drillers want to go ahead with fracking -- a process that uses large amounts of water, sand and chemicals to extract natural gas from shale. 

The Governor addressed the issue with reporters Wednesday during a break in a policy conference he was attending in New York City.

It's the final week of the 2012 season at the Chautauqua Institution.  This week's theme is The President's Club.  And as WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott reports, several big name national acts will be featured in the Amphitheater this week.

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The 2012 summer season at the Chautauqua Institution has reached Week Eight.  Highlights include an exploration of radicalism and the world premier of what's described as a "violin fantasy," featuring the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.  But WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott begins this week's preview by checking out what Chautauqua offers outdoors.

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A local doctor has been arrested for allegedly writing prescriptions in exchange for toilet paper and other goods. 

Dr. Matthew Bennett of Clarence was charged with unlawful distribution of controlled substances after a year-long undercover investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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A convicted sex offender who was involved in an "incident" with his parole officer in Buffalo Thurday morning was found dead after committing suicide at the Langfield Housing Projects on the city's East Side. 

Officials had launched a manhunt for 28-year-old Demone Frasier, who had served time in prison on a rape conviction.  Following the altercation with the parole officer, Frazier escaped, with a gun, in the officer's vehicle. 

Frazier later abandoned the vehicle.  The parole officer, who was making a residence check on Frazier, was not injured. 

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The Chautauqua Institution explores the ethics of cheating in this -- Week Seven -- of the 2012 season.  As WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott reports, all aspects of cheating will be under discussion -- from infidelity in marriage to misdeeds on the athletic field.

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City Comptroller Mark Schroeder has fired his chief auditor.  WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott talks with Jim Heaney of the website, who broke the story with WGRZ television.

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This week's theme at the Chautauqua Institution is especially timely this summer as some prominent newspapers in the United States cut back on their print product in favor of digital editions.  As WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott reports, Chautauqua is exploring all things digital in this -- Week Six -- of its summer season.

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Saturday is Public Radio Day at the Chautauqua Institution. 

For 139 years now, the Chautauqua Institution has been a summer retreat where people go to learn and expand their horizons.  Tom Becker is institution president.  He says Chautauqua is truly unique, not only in this area, but worldwide.

Public Radio culminates this evening with a performance of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra that will air on our sister station, Classical 94.5, WNED.

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Western New York is in the midst of a drought.  Rain late last week brought some relief.  But it wasn't nearly enough to help the region's farmers whose crop yields are expected to be much lower this year. 

Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch joins Mark Scott on this week's Press Pass on WBFO and AM 970 for a discussion of the drought's local impact.

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The Chautauqua Institution's 2012 season reaches its half-way point this week with a focus on an international hot-spot, a Puccini opera and a celebration of public radio.  Mark Scott has this preview of Week Five.

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It's week four of the Chautauqua Institution's 2012 season.  Highlights include the live recording of an NPR classical music program, the world premiere of a new play and the answer to the question of why water matters.  WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott has this preview.

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Religion is at the roots of the very founding of the Chautauqua Institution 139 years ago.  Today, people of all faiths are welcome and their religious traditions are celebrated at Chautauqua.  WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott has more on this, plus a preview of Week Three.

The Chautauqua Institution was founded by Lewis Miller and John Heyl Vincent as an educational experiment where Sunday school teachers came to learn.

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Week two of the Chautauqua Institution focuses on what voters need to know about this year's presidential election.  And as WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott reports, the Chautauqua Symphony celebrates Independence Day with its traditional pops concert.

Back in the 1920s, the New York Symphony would spend its summers at Chautauqua.  But when that ended in 1928, it was decided the Institution would create its own symphony orchestra.  And musicians have been performing ever since. 

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 With the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act, Western New York health care providers are now ready to roll up their sleeves and begin to figure out how to move forward.

"We have a direction for the county, that healthcare reform is the law," said Dr. Michael Cropp, president & CEO of Independent Health. 

Dr. Cropp reacted in  a live interview  with WBFO & AM-970 late Thursday morning with Mark Scott. 

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The 139th season of the Chautauqua Institution is underway.  The nine-week season is expected to attract 170,000 visitors. 

Chautauqua is truly unique -- a place where visitors spend their summer vacation learning and expanding their horizons.   The community is bustling with the start of the summer season.  Chautauqua President Tom Becker likens it to the excitement students and teachers experience each year on the first day of school.

Returning veterans from the fighting in Afghanistan and from the earlier conflict in Iraq say their biggest challenge is finding work.

Congresswoman Kathy Hochul sat down with some local veterans at a roundtable meeting at the Eggertsville Snyder Library yesterday to learn more about their difficulties in landing a job.  

Hochul says she was stunned to learn that these vets were more afraid of the unemployment they face when coming home than they were of the enemy combatants they were fighting overseas.

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Controversy continues to swirl around the verdict that acquitted James Corasanti of the most serious charges lodged against him in the death of 18-year-old Alexandria Rice of Amherst.  The public at large believes Corasanti should have been held criminally responsible for striking Rice with his car last July and then leaving the scene. 

Bruce Andriatch is suburban editor of the Buffalo News.  On this week's Press Pass, Andriatch tells WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott while people can disagree with the verdict, the jurors should not be subjected to the harsh criticism aimed at them.

It was a stormy Sunday morning across Western New York. 

The National Weather Service reported a heavy thunderstorm moved through the Southern Tier during the 9am hour.  Earlier, a heavy downpour around 6:00 caused some flooding problems on the State Thruway at Walden Avenue.  The left lanes were closed for about 45 minutes. 

Veteran broadcast journalist Stefan Mychajliw is running for Erie County Comptroller. 

Mychajliw has been endorsed by the Republican,  Conservative and Independence Parties.  He has had a varied career. 

After working in TV news, Mychajliw served as a spokesman for the Buffalo School District.  More recently, he ran his own public relations agency and served as co-host of a noon-time debate show on Channel 2. 

Mychajliw said all that experience makes him well qualified to run for county comptroller.

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State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher says she is waiting to hear more from the University at Buffalo on a controversial study of hydrofracking. 

Zimpher was responding to questions posed by Susan Arbetter on the statewide public radio show, "The Capitol Pressroom," heard locally on WBFO and AM 970. 

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The lawyers who represented Dr. James Corasanti during his recent trial say they've been targeted with death threats.

Corasanti was acquitted of the felony charges lodged against him this week after the car he was driving struck and killed Alexandria Rice on Heim Road in Amherst last July.

Attorney Cheryl Meyers-Buth told the Buffalo News the day after the acquittal was "unnerving." She admits such threats "can be part of the job for a defense attorney."

Meyers-Buth said a "very disturbing letter" sent to Corasanti has been turned over to Amherst Police.

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A school bus with 19 children on board plowed into a house in South Buffalo Thursday morning, injuring four of them.  The bus was transporting students to Lorraine Academy when it struck the house on West Woodside Drive between South Park Avenue and Hopkins Street. 

Four students were taken to Women and Children's Hospital for treatment of bumps and bruises.  The driver was treated at Mercy Hospital. 

Sunday marks the 42nd Earth Day observance in the United States.

Much has changed since the first Earth Day in 1970.  Back then, many bodies of water in the US, including Lake Erie, were considered dead.  And air pollution was rampant. 

Judith Enck is regional administrator of the U-S Environmental Protection Agency.  On the Capitol Pressroom on WBFO and AM 970, Enck said while real progress has been made on improving the environment, challenges remain.

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The Buffalo Bills released their 2012 schedule Tuesday night. 

They open the season on Sunday, September 9th, on the road against the New York Jets.  Their home opener is a week later against Kansas City at Ralph Wilson Stadium. 

The Bills will play one nationally-televised prime time game at home against Miami on Thursday, November 15th on the NFL Network. 

The annual Toronto game will feature the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, December 16th.  

The Bills will wrap up the season with a home game against the New York Jets on Sunday, December 30th. 

Rock legend Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band perform in concert tonight at the sold-out First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo as part of the "Wrecking Ball" tour.  

Springsteen last appeared in Buffalo in November 2009.  It turned out to be the last concert featuring saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died in June 2011.   Tonight's concert will include a tribute by Springsteen to his old friend. 

WBFO and AM970's Mark Scott has a preview of tonight's show.




State Senator Mark Grisanti unveiled a package of bills today that he says will protect the environment should hydraulic fracturing of natural gas move forward in New York. 

At a news conference in downtown Buffalo Friday, Grisanti said his bills would prohibit public sewage treatment plants from accepting wastewater from hydrofracking and would set up a system so that the public could easily access information about the location of gas wells.

Shoppers by the thousands are stopping by Buffalo's venerable Broadway Market today. 

Good Friday is traditionally the busiest day of the year for market vendors.  The stands selling meats, baked goods, and butter lambs are the most popular, but there are also some new vendors who say they're enjoying some success. 

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For listeners of WBFO’s FM signal, the voice of Morning Edition host Jay Moran is still relatively new to you.  But even long time listeners of AM 970 might not be aware of how Jay spends 40-plus evenings a year. 

Tuesday night, the Buffalo Sabres play their final home game of the season at First Niagara Center.  And if you plan on attending, you might just recognize Jay’s voice.  He moonlights as the public address announcer for the Buffalo Sabres.  He’s been doing so since the Fall of 2005.