Mark Scott

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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.

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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.

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The newly-redrawn 27th congressional district will make it more difficult for incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul to win re-election this year.  And two area towns are exploring a job sharing arrangement to reduce costs. 

WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott touches on these and other topics in this week's Press Pass with Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch.

Mitt Romney scored a hard-won, home state triumph in Michigan and powered to victory in Arizona Tuesday night, gaining a two-state primary sweep over Rick Santorum.  Political analysts say the two victories gave Romney precious momentum in the most turbulent Republican presidential race in a generation. 

But UB Political Scientist James Campbell is more cautious in his assessment.  WBFO's Mark Scott reached Campbell on the phone last night for his thoughts on the race.

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No charges will be filed in the fight two weeks ago between State Senator Mark Grisanti and his wife and several other patrons at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls.

The Niagara County District Attorney's office announced its decision Friday afternoon. 

Police said video from the casino was inconclusive as to who started the fight. 

Grisanti's wife Maria suffered a concussion in the fight.  Grisanti said the fight started when he intervened in an argument between two Seneca Nation businessmen. 

Western New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul says the federal Environmental Protection Agency will  remove drums of toxic waste from a Superfund site in Le Roy by the end of this week. 

The waste will be disposed of at a landfill in Belleville, Michigan.  There has been speculation in Le Roy that the waste may be responsible for an outbreak of a tic-like illness among some high school students.  But most medical experts have dismissed that as the source.  

The barrels were left from the Lehigh Railroad Derailment Superfund site in LeRoy.


These are challenging times for local school boards and administrators.  They pleaded their case for more financial resources during a recent meeting with state legislators from our area.  State aid is at 2008 levels.  Administrators are putting together budgets in the face of a two percent property tax cap.  And they're seeking a rollback of costly state mandates. 

On this week's Press Pass, Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch tells WBFO's Mark Scott that legislators didn't offer the district leaders much encouragement.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won Tuesday's Republican presidential primary in Florida.  Romney rebounded from his defeat ten days ago in South Carolina, taking a major step toward the GOP nomination.  But UB Political Scientist James Campbell says the race is far from over. 

WBFO's Mark Scott reached Campbell on the phone Tuesday night for his analysis of the Florida primary.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his second budget address from Albany Thursday. The Governor did mention the already promised  $1 Billion for Buffalo.  

Cuomo said the funding coming will have many purposes.    He said plans are still being finalized for the funding, but noted the city will receive $100 million this year.

"Until we have a specific plan $100 million this year, $100 million next year and the funds are flexible depending on what the business plan is that actually comes to Buffalo," said Cuomo.

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The SPCA in Niagara County is under fire for allegations that the agency has euthanized too many healthy animals in recent months.  Erie County's SPCA has launched an investigation. 

On this week's Press Pass, Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch tells WBFO's Mark Scott that this story seemed to come out of nowhere.

Mitt Romney is pledging to "go back to work" as the Republican presidential campaign shifts to the next primary state in South Carolina.  Romney easily outdistanced the field Tuesday in the nation's first primary in New Hampshire. 

WBFO's Mark Scott reached UB Political Science Professor James Campbell his analysis.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo said he is committing $1 billion over the next several years to jump start economic development in Buffalo. 

The Governor made the announcement as he delivered his State of the State Address from Albany Wednesday afternoon.

The $1 billion would be in addition to the $100 million a new regional economic development council approved for Western New York. 

Administration officials say the $1 billion package will send a message to industries worldwide that if they come to Buffalo, financing will be available.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney narrowly slipped past the rest of the GOP field to win Tuesday night's Iowa caucuses. 

The photo-finish saw Romney beat Rick Santorum by eight votes, with Ron Paul in a close third.  Now it's on to the primaries in New Hampshire and then South Carolina. 

University at Buffalo political scientist James Campbell, a nationally recognized scholar on presidential politics, joined WBFO's Mark Scott to talk about the results.

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The investigation continues into a fire that killed a man living in a residential motel in Clarence.  The fire broke out shortly before 5:30pm Thursday. 

Volunteer firefighters arriving on the scene found flames shooting from a front apartment of the Rock Garden Motel.  Assistant Chief Jeffrey Schlabach said they were able to contain the fire.

"Things went fairly smoothly.  Our crews did a good job," said Schlabach.  "They did a good job knocking it down."

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The Buffalo Board of Education has a new member.  The school board voted five to three Wednesday night to appoint Barbara Seals Nevergold as an at-large member. 

Seals Nevergold succeeds Christopher Jacobs, who was elected Erie County Clerk. 

Seals Nevergold is co-founder and co-director of the Uncrowned Queens Institute, which documents the stories of African-American women.

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The leader of the Buffalo School District says an agreement has been reached with two district employee unions, making the district eligible for $10-million in federal education funding.

Districts across the state received a stern warning this week from state Education Commissioner John King, who said millions of dollars in education funding are in jeopardy because many districts are not meeting the requirements.  The deadline is this Saturday.  

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It's a wintry day across Western New York.  Here in Buffalo, there's just a coating of snow on the ground.
Of greater concern are the plunging temperatures which caused untreated wet roads to freeze. 

In the Southern Tier, lake effect snow is falling and could accumulate another two to four inches Wednesday.

The National Weather Service is continuing a winter weather advisory for all of Western New York through 6:00 p.m. Wednesday for snow and blowing snow.

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2011 began with a new governor introducing an ambitious agenda for the state.  And as the year draws to a close, Andrew Cuomo is able to check off a number of the priorities he set forth.  WBFO's Mark Scott reports.

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2011 saw a return to normalcy in the State Capitol.  After four years of high profile scandals, a new governor worked with both parties to pass an ambitious agenda, including a property tax cap and a gay marriage law. 

The dysfunction that was so typical of state government the past four years disappeared in 2011.  Governor Andrew Cuomo came into office determined to pass an on-time budget and more.  Ken Lovett, Albany bureau correspondent for the New York Daily News, says it was a refreshing change...

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The city of Buffalo ordered members of the Occupy movement to leave Lafayette Square late Wednesday night.

Buffalo Mayor Bryon Brown gave the directive to police.  At a news conference in City Hall Thursday, Brown said police were just doing their job.  He said the city is enforcing a law that that requires people to leave parks, including Lafayette Square, by 10p.m.

Sisters of St. Francis

Two prominent religious women from upstate New York are among seven new saints approved Monday by Pope Benedict. 

Sister Marianne Cope and  Kateri Tekakwitha are expected to be canonized in 2012.  Sr. Marianne of Syracuse was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, which also has a presence in Buffalo.  She cared for leprosy patients in Hawaii in the late 1880s.   Blessed Kateri was a Native American baptized in 1676 in the Mohawk Valley where a shrine to her attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year.

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No one from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority attended Thursday's Common Council hearing on the future of the NFTA's waterfront property.

The city is trying to regain control of the valuable real estate that it once owned. The NFTA has asked for proposals from those interested in buying Gallagher Beach, the Small Boat Harbor and the old port terminal complex.

South District Council member Michael Kearns says the city has a fundamental responsibility to participate in these discussions.

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The suicide of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer -- a student at Williamsville North High School -- attracted national attention in recent months.  Jamey was the victim of bullying over his sexual identity.  No criminal charges were filed in the case.  But last week, a number of students were suspended for their involvement in the bullying. 

On today's Press Pass, Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch said it would have been difficult to prosecute this case as a crime.

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The new, ten story federal courthouse officially opens for business Monday.  As WBFO's Mark Scott reports, federal officials are hailing the new building's design.  But not everyone is enamored by it.

The new courthouse in Niagara Square across from City Hall is finally finished.  Its opening was delayed for many months when a moisture problem was discovered.  Federal court staffers have spent the past several weeks moving in.  And Monday morning, a ceremonial flag raising was held to mark the first day of business. 

Sunny skies and mild temperatures greeted Black Friday shoppers across Western New York.   Shopping malls were filled on what is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year.  

The Buffalo News reports 1,600 people were waiting outside the Toys 'R Us store in Amherst Thursday night, waiting for the 9pm opening of the store.   It was also busy at Toys 'R Us in Hamburg, where store manager Lisa Santangelo said the early start to shopping drew quite a crowd.