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

Niagara Falls Police are investigating a dog attack on a 7-year-old boy who was taken to Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo for treatment.

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Police in Fort Wayne Indiana are investigating the discovery of a body in the Maumee River that has been identified as that of former Buffalo Bills wide receiver James Hardy.

Erie County Sheriff's Department

One of the largest drug money seizures in Erie County history went down this Thursday morning.

A 15-year-old boy was granted youthful offender status for his sentencing Wednesday in connection with the stomping of a homeless man last September.

Boston Town Clerk Jennifer Mule has resigned her post, effective immediately.

Two Buffalo teens have each been sentenced to seven years in prison plus five years of post-release supervision for their part in the stomping of a 64-year-old man, causing him severe injuries.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill says six local restaurants were part of a national payment card security breach that took place between March  24 and April 18.

Erie County District Attorney's Office

An Eden man has been arraigned in State Supreme Court on an indictment charging him with killing his mother.

Five students were injured when the school bus they were riding in was sideswiped by a car on Nash Road in the town of Wheatfield late Wednesday morning.

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A father and son from Alden have pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiring to pay bribes to Buffalo Police officers.

A former maintenance supervisor at the University at Buffalo has been sentenced for his part in a bid rigging scheme.

A long-respected Western New York jurist has died. Judge John T. Curtin passed away Friday at the age of 95.

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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority says a 26-year-old Kenmore woman suffered non-life threatening injuries Wednesday after she jumped onto Metro Rail tracks in front of an arriving train at the University station.

Jamestown Police Department

In Chautauqua County, officials say a suspect is in custody in connection with a recent string of arson fires in Jamestown and Falconer.

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Five local Payless stores will be closing, as the shoe chain is the latest to chafe financially because of the continuing consumer shift from in-store shopping to online retailing.

A Cheektowaga man is being held without bail in the Erie County Holding Center, charged with the shooting death of his father.

WGRZ-TV

A broadcast colleague has died. Scott Brown, who is best known for his presence on WGRZ-TV news, was 59 when he died Friday after a long battle with cancer.

Buffalo Police need your help to find a potential pedophile.

New York State lawmakers are trying to agree on a proposal known as Raise the Age by week’s end, along with the state budget.

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A 14-year-old boy has pleaded guilty in Niagara County Family Court as part of a plea deal related to a massive recycling plant fire in Lockport that killed his teenage friend.

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The man arrested in the deaths of a Cheektowaga mom and her 7-year-old son pleaded guilty to two charges of second-degree murder in State Supreme Court Wednesday.

A teenage babysitter has been charged with first-degree assault in the near-fatal beating of a 2-year-old boy he was caring for.

Chautauqua County Sheriff

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department is on the lookout for an escaped prisoner.

A former mayor of Dunkirk has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing campaign contributions for personal use.

NYS Justice Center

A Williamsville woman has been arraigned in Erie County Court on 201 felony counts related to forging and falsifying documents as an official with Baker Victory Services in Lackawanna.

City of Buffalo

The Western New York Coalition for the Homeless has announced an expansion of its Code Blue initiative to provide the homeless with warm facilities on cold nights.

Effective immediately, Code Blue 32 will be enacted when temperatures or wind chills are between 16 and 32 degrees. Currently Code Blue takes effect at 15 degrees.

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A former Buffalo police officer has been sentenced to three months in prison and three months home confinement for his part in the scuffle that ended in the fatal injury of William Sager Jr. at Molly's Pub in May of 2014.

A former Buffalo police lieutenant has pleaded guilty to deprivation of rights under color of law in federal court.

Niagara County Sheriff's Office

Starpoint Central Schools in Pendleton are expected to resume normal operations Thursday - however, extra security will be in place - after a lockout went into effect Wednesday afternoon.

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The bodies of a woman and her daughter, a Canisius College freshman were found shot to death in a southwest Rochester home Friday morning.

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