Omar Fetouh

Assistant News Director

Monday - Friday, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Omar started his radio career at the former WNED AM 970 as an intern in 2001. After hosting a weekly night shift for several years, Omar became a full-time program host in 2009. He currently hosts the midday shift, which includes the NPR program 'Here & Now.' Omar also serves as assistant news director for WBFO and is responsible for managing reporter assignments and much of the station's website and social media content. An avid public radio fan, the Buffalo native says he's proud to be a part of Western New York's best radio news team.

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A trial date of Feb. 3, 2020 has beens set for the federal insider trading case involving Rep. Chris Collins.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the first three games of the 2018-19 season, which featured an ugly opening night loss to Boston followed by two impressive wins over the New York Rangers and Vegas Golden Knights. Also, a look at the team's improved depth, represented by the strong play of its fourth line. And how has rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin looked in his first NHL games?


A Buffalo man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for stabbing his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend in the torso with a butcher knife.

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Kenmore police chief Peter Breitnauer has been arrested Friday and charged with criminal possession of hydrocodone.

The Buffalo Sabres kick off the 2018-19 season with a home game against the Boston Bruins Thursday night. On the season premiere of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's revamped roster, which includes #1 overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin, top line forward Jeff Skinner and new goaltender Carter Hutton, among others. Also, Jack Eichel gets the captain's 'C' on his jersey and Bill gives his prediction on whether the Sabres, who finished in last place in the NHL last season, will make the playoffs for the first time since 2011.


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Efforts are underway to beautify five former Buffalo-area gas stations that have been closed for several years.

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The New York Attorney General's Office has opened an investigation into the death of Erie County Holding Center inmate India Cummings.

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Rookie quarterback Josh Allen will start for the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's home opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Students across Western New York are returning to the classroom this week. That means a return to bus pick-ups and drop-offs, an increase in young pedestrians, and an annual message urging motorists to drive carefully.

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Tonawanda Coke was back in federal court in Buffalo Tuesday for allegedly violating its consent decree with the Department of Justice which requires the company to comply with emission standards.


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The airline OneJet, which earlier this year began operating flights between Buffalo and Albany, is temporarily suspending all of its routes.

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The spokesman for the embattled Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is stepping down.

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A Buffalo man has been charged with murder in the July shooting deaths of a 17-month-old boy and his 54-year-old grandmother.


A federal jury has found two Buffalo police officers accused of using excessive force toward a teenager in their custody in May of 2009 not guilty on all counts.

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Long-suffering Buffalo Bills fans displayed an outpouring of gratitude earlier this year for the man who helped the Bills end a 17-year playoff drought. Now, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and his wife Jordan are giving back in the form of a donation to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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The Market Arcade in downtown Buffalo will start showing movies again this week after undergoing a $9 million renovation.

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The Buffalo Zoo is relocating its two Asian elephants to a zoo in New Orleans.

A teenager was fatally stabbed in Lockport Sunday night.

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The mother of a Buffalo toddler who died this week from blunt force injuries is now the second suspect to be charged in the boy's death.

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This year's Taste of Buffalo will be bigger than ever, with the festival expanding northward up Delaware Avenue, past Chippewa Street.

On a special NHL Draft edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Rasmus Dahlin, the Swedish defenseman expected to be selected first overall by the Sabres Friday night. Also, why has the team drafted so poorly in the later rounds over the last decade and what has been done to change that? And could Ryan O'Reilly or someone else get traded by the end of the weekend?


A man died while in the custody of Buffalo police Tuesday night after swallowing a bag of white powder during a traffic stop.

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The City of Buffalo has forced a Bailey Avenue bowling alley to close its doors following a fatal shooting early Saturday morning.

Two Buffalo schools were placed in lockdown Friday after threats were made against them.

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Former Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito has reportedly been put on an involuntary psychiatric hold after getting into an altercation with a man at a Florida gym.

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A signature taste of Buffalo is making its debut Thursday in New York City. Anchor Bar, which came up with the recipe for spicy chicken wings in 1964, is opening its eleventh location right in the heart of Manhattan.

A former worker in Buffalo's parks department has been sentenced to two years in jail for stabbing a dog.

Two local priests have been placed on administrative leave following complains of abuse.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the (merciful) end of the team's home schedule for the 2017-18 season, a campaign that saw the team win a paltry 11 home games. Also, two of the team's top prospects are with the team for a late-season cup of coffee. Bill shares some thoughts on Casey Mittlestadt and Alexander Nylander on the penultimate episode of Behind The Bench.


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State police are continuing to investigate a deadly accident last week where a woman walking on Hertel Avenue was struck and killed by a Buffalo police officer responding to a call.

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