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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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.


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.


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.

Photo courtesy of Tesla Motors Twitter page

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.

Photo courtesy of Assemblyman Sean Ryan

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.

Photo courtesy of Dan Neaverth, Jr.

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

Photo courtesy of Cheryl Calire

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

Photo by Mike Desmond / WBFO News

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

Photo courtesy of Burchfield Nature and Art Center

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.

Buffalo shootings send two men to hospital

Aug 6, 2016
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Buffalo homicide detectives are investigating two Friday shootings that occurred on the city's eastside.

A new set of water main problems have occurred in Erie County.

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Two lawmakers are praising the State Transportation Department for a planned study that will examine alternatives to Buffalo's Skyway. 

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The medians separating lanes of traffic on Main Street in the University District created controversy from the very beginning. Now, a meeting will be held on whether the medians should be removed.

New York State Republican Chairman Edward Cox is already in Cleveland for Monday's start of the Republican National Convention.

Photo by Mary Lou Scott / WBFO News

It's Taste of Buffalo weekend. This year's 33rd annual festival continues Sunday through 7pm. Sixty-two restaurants and food trucks are taking part.

Everyone has to eat. That's why we're all interested in food. The July issue of Buffalo Spree has a special feature, titled "Foodie 40." In this weeks Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata says there are always plenty of food-related topics.

Environmentalists in New York are giving state legislators mixed grades when it came to passage of environmentally-friendly legislation during the just concluded session.

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Tim Murray says it's frustrating that the latest controversy surrounding forward Evander Kane became public before all the facts are in. The allegations surrounding Kane involve some sort of disturbance at a Chippewa bar early Friday morning.

The Buffalo Sabres used the second day of the NHL draft at the First Niagara Center Saturday to engineer a trade. The Sabres traded Defenseman Mark Pysyk and the 38th and 89th selections in the draft to Florida for Panthers Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov and the draft's 33rd pick.

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Saturday's 21st annual Ride for Roswell was a rousing success. More than 7,100 people participated in the fundraising bicycle ride over local courses ranging from three miles to 100 miles.

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Erie County Legislator Thomas Loughran formally announced his candidacy for the State Senate Saturday.