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

Erie County

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

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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.

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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.

A Niagara Falls man has pleaded guilty in the robbery and beating death of an East Side Buffalo restaurant owner.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Opponents of National Grid's upcoming rate increase testified Thursday before the Erie County Legislature's Energy and Environment Committee.

University at Buffalo School of Nursing

A truck driver from Saratoga County has pleaded guilty to killing an assistant professor of nursing at the University at Buffalo.

Facebook

A second-degree manslaughter charge against a Chautauqua County hunter who shot and killed a Sherman woman who was walking her dogs last fall has been dismissed in Chautauqua County Court.

Dresser Rand

The union representing 250 machinists at Dresser-Rand in Wellsville said it was "shocked" to learn the Coats Street plant will close, laying off its 250 employees.

National Cemetery Administration

The long-awaited national veterans cemetery planned for Genesee County has taken another step closer to reality.

Wegmans

Three area Wegmans will be closing overnights.

An Amherst man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and 20 years of post-release supervision for having sexual relations with a child.

A Buffalo man has been sentenced to five years in prison, plus five years of post-release supervision, for attempting to run down two police officers with his car.

National Public Radio

Democrats who control the New York Assembly say they will again pass legislation that would provide state college financial aid programs to students without legal status.

A Tonawanda man has been sentenced to 1-3 years in prison after leaving the scene of an auto-pedestrian accident on Grand Island last June 13. His driver's license also was revoked.

Buffalo Police are investigating a multi-vehicle accident Monday morning that sent two female police officers to the hospital.

GoFundMe.com

Authorities say Joseph Conti has been cooperating with officials investigating the blaze that took the life of his 7-year-old son Anthony.

Eileen Buckley / WBFO News File Photo

Former Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda has taken a job with a Florida-based private security company.

A Buffalo man has been sentenced after admitting he burglarized dorm rooms at the University at Buffalo.

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State lawmakers and Erie County District Attorney John Flynn are pushing for changes in the laws related to the reporting of child abuse following allegations of decades of inappropriate behavior by faculty at Nichols School.

National Grid

National Grid has been given tentative approval for an over 10 percent rate hike that will likely take effect in the spring.

Twitter

The son of a man killed in Cheektowaga last year has pleaded that he is not responsible for his father's death by reason of mental disease or defect.

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