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!).

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Crime
5:22 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Two suspects in Westfield homicide arrested in Erie, PA

Mary Whitaker
Credit Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra

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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Crime
2:22 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Symphony violinist fatally shot in Westfield

A Google street view of 8448 Titus Rd., where the apparent homicide took place.
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An apparent homicide is under investigation in the Chautauqua County community of Westfield.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Court dismisses attempt to get Teachout off primary ballot

Zephyr Teachout's name will appear in next month's Democratic primary.
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Liberal law professor Zephyr Teachout is eligible to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary on September 9. A Brooklyn judge Monday dismissed an attempt by Cuomo supporters to remove her from the ballot.

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Sports
1:57 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Deadline passes for initial Bills bids

A 5pm Tuesday deadline has passed for potential buyers of the Buffalo Bills to submit initial bids.

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Business
6:14 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Tyson Foods to close Buffalo plant

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About 300 jobs will be lost when Tyson Foods closes its Buffalo plant on Perry Street next year.

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Crime
11:45 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Buffalo police investigate shooting

Buffalo police are investigating an early Saturday morning shooting on the East Side.

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Local
8:14 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Olive Garden destroyed by fire

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Seven volunteer fire companies responded to an overnight fire at the Olive Garden restaurant on McKinley Parkway in Blasdell.

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Cultural
10:02 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Zoo welcomes baby rhino

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The Buffalo Zoo has announced a new arrival. A female Indian rhinoceros calf, named Monica, was born to mother Tashi on June 5th.

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Local
11:30 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Camp Good Days seeking donations to offset costly flood damage

Storm flooding severely damaged Camp Good Days and Special Times.
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Camp Good Days and Special Times, a Finger Lakes camp that serves more than 1,500 children with cancer annually, is in the midst of cleanup and recovery after heavy flooding earlier this month damaged the facility.

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Sports
12:50 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Bills hire financial and legal advisors for team's sale

The Buffalo Bills have announced their choice of the investment bank and law firm to oversee the sale of the franchise.

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Local
2:00 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Coast Guard joins search for missing boater

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A search is underway in Lake Ontario for a boater who was reported missing Thursday morning.

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Politics
3:17 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Local names believed to be on Cuomo's running mate short list

Former Rep. Kathy Hochul could be considered as Andrew Cuomo's lieutenant governor.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have to pick a new running mate now that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy has decided not to seek another term. Speculation over whom Cuomo may choose includes some familiar local names.

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Local
6:56 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Police, SPCA break up dogfighting ring

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Buffalo Police and investigators from the SPCA joined forces Friday in multiple raids to break up a dogfighting ring.

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Local
1:59 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Nearly $8 million collected so far in Catholic Charities Appeal

Sister Mary McCarrick and Bishop Richard Malone (r.) updated the 2014 Appeal on Tuesday.
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The Diocese of Buffalo's 90th annual Catholic Charities Appeal has collected over $7.9 million of its $10.8 million goal, officials said Tuesday.

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Crime
3:49 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Double drug bust nets 40 arrests

Chris Caya/WBFO News

Two separate drug trafficking rings in Western New York were dealt major blows Tuesday when sealed indictments were opened and 40 people were arrested.

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Health
9:42 am
Sat October 26, 2013

Seventh National Take Back Day

The seventh National Take Back Initiative takes place today at various locations across the region.

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Local
3:36 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Allstate closing Amherst office, affecting 48 jobs

Allstate insurance company has announced plans to close its claims office in Amherst.

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Local
8:30 am
Tue August 20, 2013

More details of presidential visit emerge; tickets available Tuesday

President Obama will speak Thursday at UB's Alumni Arena.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo will join President Barack Obama in Buffalo Thursday. Ticket information for the president's speech at the University at Buffalo has been made public.

WBFO'S Chris Caya reports on the President's visit to UB.

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Local
3:21 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

EPA relocating residents living near contaminated creek

The contaminated Lockport creek tends to flood, spilling toxins into nearby properties.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will relocate six Lockport families away from the contaminated waters of Eighteenmile Creek.

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Sports
3:25 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Hockey Hall of Fame honors Sabres broadcaster Harry Neale

Harry Neale is the recipient of 2013 Foster Hewitt Award
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For the second consecutive year, a Buffalo Sabres broadcaster is being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Local
2:37 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

SUNY Buffalo State president taking leave for cancer treatment

Aaron Podolefsky, SUNY Buffalo State College president, at his desk
WBFO News file photo

SUNY Buffalo State College president Aaron Podolefsky announced Monday he is taking a leave of absence for treatment of prostate cancer.

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Local
8:54 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Bass Pro Competitor Coming to WNY

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The long-running effort to bring a Bass Pro outdoor store to Buffalo's waterfront ended in failure, but one of its top competitors is coming to Western New York.

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Politics
8:16 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Congressman, Consul Work to End Peace Bridge Authority Dispute

Peace Bridge
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Congressman Brian Higgins and Canadian Consul General John F. Prato have weighed in on the US-Canada dispute among members of the Peace Bridge Authority.

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Local
3:58 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Coast Guard performs two rescues on area waterways

The U.S. Coast Guard was called on to perform two rescues on local waterways over a 12-hour period Monday night and Tuesday morning.

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Crime
3:07 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Gang member charged in MLK Park murder

An arrest has been made in a murder that took place nearly a year ago in Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Buffalo.

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Education
2:36 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Niagara Falls school evacuated following chlorine gas leak

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A Niagara Falls school was evacuated this morning after a chlorine gas leak gave off possible noxious fumes in the school's swimming pool area.

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Crime
10:15 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Two Firefighters Shot and Killed in Suburban Rochester, Two Others Wounded

Theodore Scardino
Photo provided by Monroe County Sheriffs Office

Four firefighters were shot while responding to a blaze on Lake Avenue in the town of Webster, just east of Rochester, and two are dead. The assailant is also dead.

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Crime
2:50 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Rep. Slaughter Responds to Webster Firefighter Shootings

Rep. Louise Slaughter

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28), today issued the following statement following the fatal shooting of firefighters in Webster, NY early this morning.

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Crime
12:27 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Governor Cuomo Statement on Rochester-Area Firefighter Shootings

Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued the following statement in the wake of the shooting of four suburban Rochester firefighters Monday morning, two of them fatally.

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Focus is on maintaining revenue growth
9:51 am
Sat December 15, 2012

County sales tax revenues are up

Erie County Logo
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Sales tax revenue in Erie County is on the rise. 

Comptroller David Shenk says revenue was up more than 4-percent in October, compared to one year ago.  And for the first ten months of the year, sales tax revenue was up by nearly 9-million dollars over last year.  Shenk says while revenues look promising, maintaining revenue growth is a concern. 

Sales tax revenue is the single-greatest source of revenue for the county.

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