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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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.

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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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The first significant snowfall of the season is affecting parts of Western New York. Steady and persistent lake effect snow fell early Sunday in ski country where a lake snow warning continues through Monday morning for up to a foot of snow.

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Buffalo will play a key role in the development of the newest generation of solar panels.

A ten year project to improve the sewer system in the City of Tonawanda is at the half-way point.

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The Buffalo area is filled with Italian restaurants. Some are iconic, like Chef's downtown or the Como Restaurant in Niagara Falls. The November issue of Buffalo Spree celebrates Italian cuisine and what is commonly known as Red Sauce. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata expects this will spark some debate because most readers have their personal favorites.


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A group of local racial justice activists rallied in support of San Francisco Quarterback Colin Kaepernick at Sunday's Buffalo Bills-49ers game.

Two pilots and a passenger were killed Sunday morning in a mid-air crash between two planes in North Collins. The planes took off from the Hamburg Airport headed to St. Mary, Pennsylvania.

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A new law is now in effect that allows restaurants in New York to serve alcoholic drinks starting at 10am Sundays. Several local lawmakers gathered at Trattoria Aroma in Buffalo Sunday morning to celebrate the adoption of the so-called "Brunch Bill." They raised a mimosa toast after counting down to the 10:00 hour.

Severe thunderstorms swept through Western New York Saturday night. The Southern Tier counties were particularly hard hit by strong winds and heavy rains. A tornado warning was issued for parts of Cattaraugus County. But so far, the National Weather Service says there is no evidence of an actual tornado touching down.

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Severe thunderstorms moved through Western New York Saturday night, resulting in some damage.

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A group of Catholics from Buffalo was at the Vatican Sunday morning for the canonization of Mother Teresa as the Church's newest saint.

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Tentative contract agreements have been reached at three Catholic hospitals in the Buffalo area.

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The Burchfield Nature and Art Center in West Seneca is celebrating "Americana" Sunday afternoon.

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The 15th annual Lewiston Jazz Festival wrapped up Saturday night with a performance by Curtis Stigers. The festival featured live music on four stages along Center Street.

State officials say an effort to address a rash of abandoned, vacant homes across New York has successfully rehabilitated 1,600 properties. The homes were repaired by local community agencies known as "land banks."

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For the second week in a row, a Buffalo Bills pre-season game was overshadowed by off-the-field developments.

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Summer in Western New York is a time to get out and explore what the region has to offer. The August issue of Buffalo Spree has a special feature on 53 things to do.

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