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

Tyson Foods

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

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

Olive Garden

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

Zoo welcomes baby rhino

Jun 13, 2014
Photo provided by the Buffalo Zoo

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

campgooddays.org

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.

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

US Coast Guard

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

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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.

SPCA Serving Erie County

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

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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.

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.

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

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

buffalo.edu

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.

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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.

sabres.com

For the second consecutive year, a Buffalo Sabres broadcaster is being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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.

Cabela's

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.

WBFO

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.

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.

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

nfschools.net

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.

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.

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

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

WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

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.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

One of the two Buffalo teenagers involved with the burning of a Jack Russell terrier puppy in October pleaded guilty as charged in Erie County Court today to aggravated cruelty to animals.

Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News

The area theater community is mourning the death of Brother Augustine Towey, who founded the Niagara University Theatre shortly after arriving at the University in 1963 as a English professor.

  

Brother Towey, known to friends, colleagues and students simply as "Bro," built the theater group into a nationally renowned undergraduate theater program. He retired from Niagara in 2005, and died in Philadelphia yesterday after a long illness. He was 75.

Buffalo Broadcast Pioneers

Former Buffalo radio personality Jefferson Kaye has died.

A four-time Emmy Award winning broadcast announcer, Kaye first made his mark in Boston. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Kaye was in Buffalo, as an announcer and program director at the old WKBW before moving on to WBEN.

He also hosted a folk music program for a time here on WBFO.

His work on Buffalo Bills football broadcasts led to him becoming the voice of NFL Films in 1985.

Saint Bonaventure University

Saint Bonaventure University has announced the death of its 15th president, Father Reginald Redlon.

  

Father Reginald, as he was known, died Wednesday (November 7, 2012) at Holy Name Friary in Ringwood, New Jersey at the age of 90. He served as Bona president from 1967 to 1972, a time of social and religious upheaval.

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