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

In a surprise move, a local franchisee is closing half of its Dunkin' Donuts stores in Western New York, effective immediately.

A Buffalo Police Department cell block attendant has been indicted in connection with a violation of the civil rights of a suspect in custody.

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Republican Assemblymember Jane Corwin announced Tuesday she will not seek reelection to a fifth term in the 144th district. Lockport attorney Michael Norris, a former Niagara County Republican elections commissioner, has announced he is running to fill that seat.

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An Attica woman who admitted to killing her husband, then burying his body in a pile of manure on their dairy farm, was sentenced Thursday.

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Williamsville pain doctor Eugene Gosy is being allowed to return to his pain management practice, including recommending controlled medications to his patients.

Three people are in custody after a home invasion that led to shooting at Buffalo police.

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The planned sale of One Seneca Tower in downtown Buffalo to a New York City businessman has fallen through.

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At the White House Monday morning, President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Valor to 13 police officers noted for their bravery and valor while in the line of duty, including one from Western New York.

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Three people escaped an early-morning house fire on Moselle Avenue between East Ferry and Box in Buffalo. One of the three had to be rescued and is in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center.

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Residential customers of National Fuel can expect to see their gas bills rise by an average $5.75 per month, or nearly 7.9%.

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Western New York lawmakers are calling on New York State to finalize its decision to keep the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center permanently open in West Seneca.

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Buffalo Public Schools are taking advantage of the extra attention before New York's primary by kicking off "Buffalo Students Deserve."

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Philadelphia's district attorney will not charge Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy in connection with a February nightclub brawl.

Lead remediation efforts in Buffalo will be enhanced with more state funding from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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A man prominent in country music in Western New York has died. "Ramblin' Lou" Schriver was a musician, promoter and broadcaster whose career dates back into the 1940s.

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Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula issued a statement Wednesday regarding the failure of the team to make the playoffs.

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Anthony Conte, the president of Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, has announced his retirement.

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Buffalo homicide detectives are on the lookout for a person of interest in connection with the shooting of two individuals at 302 Purdy Street on November 29.

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Sir Paul McCartney "was like the guy next door. Your best friend giving a show for you, and he's a Beatle."  That's how WBFO's Mark Wozniak described McCartney's show at First Niagara Center last night.  Wozniak is considered an expert on the Beatles, so McCartney's show was right up his alley.

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A portion of State Route 75 through the Town of Eden has been renamed in memory of U.S. Army Captain John J. Levulis, who died in May from injuries suffered in an auto accident while traveling on the New Jersey Turnpike in a convoy to Fort Dix.

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Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III has announced his candidacy for State Supreme Court justice.

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Pope Francis is cutting red tape at the Vatican, radically streamlining the process for annulling marriages, necessary if a Catholic wants to remarry in the church.

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Justin Moss, the University at Buffalo basketball player who help lead the program to its first men's NCAA tournament bid last spring, is no longer a student at the university.

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A Niagara County Court jury has found Florida biker Andre Jenkins guilty of the execution-style murder of two bikers in North Tonawanda last year.

The first discovered instance of a mosquito bearing the West Nile virus this year has been reported in Erie County.

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The Erie County Sheriff's Department is investigating some costly incidents of vandalism at Chestnut Ridge Park.

The Buffalo Bills have announced that quarterback Kyle Orton will get the start in Detroit next Sunday, in place of EJ Manuel, who will assume the backup role.

Standard and Poor's has significantly upgraded Erie County's credit rating by three steps, to AA-, its highest ever rating for the county.

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Two men have been arrested in Erie, Pennsylvania, after a car belonging to shooting victim Mary Whitaker was found in Erie.

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An apparent homicide is under investigation in the Chautauqua County community of Westfield.

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