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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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.

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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.

The inaugural Central Termin8er brought artists and cyclists of all kinds together at the Buffalo Central Terminal this weekend.

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For the third year in a row, WBFO News received top radio honors in the New York State Associated Press Association's annual awards competition.

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Buffalo is joining the rest of the world in mourning the death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, including one local boxer.

The June issue of Buffalo Spree features the magazine's 11th annual Best of Western New York list. As usual, the list celebrates the best of dining, theater, music, politics, media and more.

The identities of the two men who were shot -- one fatally -- at the Anchor Bar Friday night have been released.

A coalition of groups in New York is calling on state legislators to take action to keep lead out of school drinking water.

Government corruption in New York continues to make headlines.

A new season of Buffalo's "Slow Roll" begins Sunday.

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Young students from school districts across Western New York displayed their innovative thinking skills Sunday at an event called  the "Invention Convention" at the downtown library.

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An shooting early Sunday in downtown Buffalo critically wounded a man.

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The 11th annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes will be held Sunday. It's designed to create awareness among men of efforts to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence.

A children's jewelry-making kit sold by some retailers in the Buffalo area contains high levels of lead.

Round two of our late season winter weather arrives late Sunday afternoon. The National Weather Service has posted another winter weather advisory for all of Western New York from 5:00 Sunday afternoon until 2:00 Monday afternoon.

There's significant disagreement over the economic impact of the just-approved increase in the state minimum wage. As part of the new state budget, New York's minimum wage will rise to $15 in New York City and at least $12.50-an-hour upstate over the course of several years.

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Who doesn't enjoy a juicy burger! The April issue of Buffalo Spree is all about the beloved hamburger. On this week's Press Pass, WBFO's Mark Scott is joined by Editor Elizabeth Licata about where to find a great burger.


It's crunch time in Albany. A state budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year is due April 1st. But so far, there has been little progress among state leaders in finalizing a budget.

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Thousands turned out Saturday for the "Old Neighborhood" St. Patrick's Day parade in Buffalo's old First Ward.

Buffalo area unions filled a tractor trailer with bottled water this weekend for shipment to Flint, Michigan. The donated water was due to arrive Sunday morning. Meanwhile, union officials are blaming the Flint water crisis on government negligence.

A teenage girl is dead, and another one in serious condition after two separate shooting incidents in Buffalo Saturday.