Mark Wozniak

All Things Considered Host

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.

He started as a volunteer board operator for Bob Chapman and the late Bud Ralabate on the program When Rock Was Young. In the fall of 1979, he applied for a job posting for a control board operator for NPR's new morning news program, and on November 5th, 1979 he was on the WBFO payroll for the debut of NPR's Morning Edition.
 
In 1980, Mark left Morning Edition to host WBFO's lunchtime news program at the time, Midday. He also became involved with audio production work, and other various aspects of station operations, including many of the station's growing computer functions. Mark emceed several call-in trivia game shows on WBFO in the early 1980s, and enjoyed being a volunteer co-host of A Polka Sunday With Friends with the late Stan Sluberski on WBFO from 1981 to 1986. From 1986 to 1997, Mark moonlighted as assistant to the late longtime Buffalo broadcasting pioneer Stan "Stash" Jasinski on his weekend polka and Polish-American radio shows on WHTT-AM in Buffalo. Mark returned to Morning Edition as a local correspondent for a while in the late 1980s, but heavier workloads in the data processing area of his job led to a reduction of on-air duties. In late 1992, Mark returned as WBFO's host of Morning Edition, after then-News Director Toni Randolph left WBFO. Mark is pleased to have Howard Riedel as his fill-in host and pitching partner during the WBFO Fundraisers. In September 2009, Mark was transferred from hosting Morning Edition, weekdays from 5-10AM, to All Things Considered, from 4-7PM.

Mark, a 1971 graduate of Buffalo's (sadly now-defunct) Calasanctius Preparatory School, started his radio career while attending Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken New Jersey, on the school's carrier current AM station WCPR (the Sporty 740 and the Nifty 750!). Like WBFO, WCPR celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2009. His interest in radio came from growing up with "one of America's two great radio stations," the old personality and Top 40 oriented WKBW-AM in Buffalo during the 1960s and 1970s. There were other influences, including the other great Buffalo stations of the time (WYSL, WNIA, WGR, WBEN, etc.) and the famous MusicRadio WABC in New York.

For 17 years, Mark's day would start when the alarm rang at 3:21AM (or, 7, 14, or 21 minutes later, depending on how many times he hit the snooze button). The best part about moving to the afternoon shift is losing the chronic sleep deprivation, and a less hectic routine.

Mark's family includes wife Karen and daughter Carrie, who is now a senior in high school. His son Alex passed away June 27, 2004 following a nearly eight year battle against leukemia and its complications. A web site was set up after he relapsed for a second time in late 2003, to document his treatments. It continues now as a memorial site.

Mark combines his interests in computing and Buffalo history by maintaining a "This Day in History" database of Buffalo and Western New York historical events. It began by computerizing Mark Scott's 1982 WBFO News of the Year book. Trips to the library for other primarily (but not exclusively) Buffalo history and trivia tidbits have expanded that database into over 30 thousand entries (one of these days, he hopes to make it available on the Web). He is also a genealogy buff, tracing his wife's lineage back to pioneer Buffalo settler George Coit, and to the Mayflower (through two lines!). He's also trying to find out more about his own ancestors from Poland.

Mark's other interests include family activities, naps, Beatles music, naps, polka music, naps, home improvements and naps (although since moving to the afternoon shift, the naps are less frequent!).

Ways to Connect

Two companies who denied an accomodation to an employee with a kidney problem are being sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Fisher-Price

Fifty employees of the Fisher-Price company in East Aurora have been laid off, as part of a nationwide cutback of personnel by parent company Mattel.

Erie County Sheriff's Department

The Erie County Sheriff's Office has announced the arrests of three people in connection with the possession of 17 kilos of cocaine and $650,0000 in cash.

Mary Agnes Manor

Buffalo Police took a 94-year-old man into custody, after he fired a gun within Mary Agnes Manor on Porter Avenue Wednesday.

CSEA New York

Members of Civil Service Employees Association Region 6 are mourning the death of their president, Florence "Flo" Tripi. She died Wednesday morning at age 79.

Hazmat crews were called to the Niagara County Courthouse at 175 Hawley Street in Lockport Monday afternoon, after a white powdery substance was discovered on an envelope delivered by the U.S. mail.

Crime Stoppers

Police have identified the victim of the vehicle shooting on I-190 Monday evening, as well as the suspect they are searching for.

The Erie County Sheriff's office is investigating a motor vehicle crash that took the life of an 11-year-old girl Saturday evening.

University at Buffalo Police are investigating a complaint by a teenage female who said she was sexually assaulted during Wednesday night's Independence Day celebration on the North Campus.

ecwa.org

The Erie County Water Authority may have been mismanaged in 2015 and 2016, according to a recent report by the state's Authorities Budget Office, but the ABO says its actions were not criminal.

A woman who admitted to ripping off 30 local churches and community groups was sentenced in Erie County Court Tuesday to 7 1/2 years in prison.

East Aurora Police say they have charged a Buffalo woman with third-degree larceny in connection with the theft of toys and merchandise from the Fisher Price toy factory.

John Abraham Jr./Lancaster Social Studies Teacher / Twitter

The two companions of the Lancaster teacher who died over the weekend in a boating accident were both off-duty Lancaster police officers.

Indian Falls Log Cabin Restaurant

A Genesee County grand jury has cleared a sheriff's deputy of any charges in connection with a shooting death of a suspect.

Facebook

A man sentenced to 107 years in prison in connection with an attack on his former girlfriend, her friend and her father could be facing additional prison time.

Buffalo Zoo

Two Buffalo Zoo's animals are being shipped to other zoos in the United States.

Governor's Office

The $17.7 million Packet Boat Landing Apartments in Lockport are now officially open.

The Park School in Amherst has begun an investigation into allegations that four former educators in the 1970s and 1980s may have had inappropriate relationships with high school students.

Erie County

Marie Cannon has been confirmed as Erie County's new Commissioner of Social Services.

File Photo / WBFO News

Buffalo Sabres season ticket holders learned Thursday they will not have to pay more to watch the team play next season.

YouTube / CCS Oncology

The financially troubled CCS Oncology health care organization will be closing down its operations next week.

Bon-Ton Eastern Hills

Bon-Ton has announced it will closed its doors on Aug. 31. The going-out-of-business sales will start as early as Thursday at Bon-Ton stores.

CCS Oncology and Health Care LLC has announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection due to its excessive debt load.

National Public Radio

Erie County's first prison sentence for an opiate-overdose death under District Attorney John Flynn was handed out Wednesday morning in county court.

Police in Jamestown are investigating the apparent assault of a three-year-old girl by her caregiver Tuesday morning.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

There has been a sudden change at the top of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.

A former Buffalo Parks seasonal worker has pleaded guilty to stabbing a dog.

File Photo

A fellow Cheektowaga council member and the town's Republican Committee chair are calling on James Rogowski to resign.

An arrest has been made in connection with the death of a 2001 Nardin Academy graduate and a companion last month in Maryland.

A Buffalo man will be spending the next 18 years in prison for raping a girl under age 13.

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