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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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.

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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.

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

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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The Board of Trustees of Daemen College in Snyder has chosen a new president for the school.

Dr. Gary A. Olson will begin his term in the new year. His latest position before Daemen was as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Idaho State University in Pocatello.

From 2004 to 2009 he served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University, where he oversaw execution of a five-year strategic plan. For two decades before that, Dr. Olson was an administrator in the University of South Florida.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says the city has a plan is in place and city crews are ready to deal with the impact of Hurricane Sandy.

You can see the storm's track here.

Brown says rain predictions have dropped, meaning there is less potential for overall flooding. But high winds could cause power outages, so the mayor is encouraging residents to prepare.      

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There may soon be an outlet mall near the Seneca Nation of Indians' Cattaraugus reservation.

The Senecas today released the results of a retail feasibility study for a mall in the Town of Hanover, with easy access to Thruway exit 58.  It would lead to sales tax benefits for Chautauqua County and New York State.

The report was announced by Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter, Seneca Council President Richard Nephew, and Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards.

Catholic Health, the area's second-largest health care provider, has announced plans to build a new six-story administration building along the Elm-Oak Arterial downtown.

Groundbreaking for the $46 million headquarters and training facility is scheduled for October 30, with completion projected for the summer of 2014. The new building will be at 144 Genesee Street, between Elm and Oak Streets, just south of the Kensington Expressway terminus.

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State Supreme Court Justice Gerald Whelan today upheld an arbitrator's decision that the involuntary transfer of 54 teachers by the Buffalo Public School system was in violation of the district's contract with the Buffalo Teachers' Federation union.

The transfers were initially enacted as part of a turnaround plan which the school board deemed the only feasible way to improve student performances at three low-performing city schools: Futures Academy, Drew Science Magnet School, and Bilingual Center 33. 

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Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster says he has no plans to lay off any firefighters to help deal with budget crisis. 

However, the mayor added that continued financial troubles could mean the city's fire department might not respond to alarms at the Seneca Niagara Casino.  At a 9-11 remembrance event yesterday, Dyster said that he cannot guarantee casino fire coverage if he has to implement a disaster budget for next.

The largest union representing Erie County government workers has voted down a new contract proposal with the county.

The deal included 11 percent raises over the next five years, as well as employee contributions toward health insurance and reductions in paid leave.

Joan Bender, president of the Civil Service Employees Association Local 815, reports the vote was 2,144 to 706, an approximately three-to-one margin.

The union has been working under terms of a contract which expired in 2006. The new proposal would have covered the years 2007 through 2016.

The Diocese of Buffalo and a 37-year-old woman who accused a priest of sexually assaulting her in a Buffalo church rectory have reached a financial settlement.

The woman's attorney tells The Buffalo News that the settlement will prevent a lawsuit in federal court. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

The unidentified woman from Canada accused the longtime pastor of Saint Anthony Church on Court Street of sexually groping her in the church rectory in 2009. The pastor, the Reverend Secondo Casarotto, told police investigators the sexual contact was consensual.

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A 54-year-old Williamsville man is in critical condition at Buffalo General Hospital after trying to commit suicide in the Erie County Holding Center Sunday afternoon.

The Erie County Sheriff's Department says Edward Berezowski was arrested Saturday evening after two violent altercations with personnel at a Best Buy store on Transit Road in Clarence. He was taken to the Erie County Holding Center, pending an appearance in Clarence Town Court.

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