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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Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane was handcuffed by Buffalo Police late Friday morning and is facing charges for an alleged confrontation at a downtown bar last month.

   

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The Erie County Legislature on Thursday formally and unanimously voted down James Michel as a candidate for Central Police Services Commissioner. His candidacy was already derailed earlier in the day, when the Erie County Executive withdrew his appointment of Michel following the revelation of a report detailing a pattern of abusive and hostile language against a female subordinate.


Buffalo-born singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco appeared on WNYC's The Takeaway Thursday talking about how political protest music is used to bring attention to social change.

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A high-ranking administrator at the University at Buffalo has resigned, effective immediately. 

Buffalo businessman and school board member Carl Paladino is facing questions about a tweet he sent early Wednesday.

The NHL Draft is being held Friday and Saturday at Buffalo's First Niagara Center. On a special edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about whom the organization may be looking at with its first-round pick, possible trade scenarios, the rights acquisition of college standout Jimmy Vesey and rumors the team might make a play for star free agent forward Steven Stamkos.


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The City of Buffalo has temporarily shut down a Chippewa Street bar that was the scene of violence last weekend.

A retired Air Force colonel who helped prosecute Saddam Hussein has joined the growing list of candidates looking to become Erie County's next district attorney. 

A directive issued be the federal government on transgender student rights is being welcomed by the region's largest school district.

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Spring is in the air, again, at the Buffalo Zoo. The zoo on Wednesday announced a litter of North American river otter pups was born in late February.

A woman who helped lead the National Aquarium in Baltimore has been named the new head of the Buffalo Museum of Science.

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A judge has ruled Buffalo School Board President James Sampson does not have enough valid petition signatures to be on the ballot for the upcoming board election. 

The tussle continues over revenue retention between New York State and its local governments. That fight includes the millions of fees gathered by auto bureaus.

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A young girl who was badly burned in a February fire in Buffalo has died. Treasure Brighon, 8, succumbed to her injuries Sunday at a Cincinnati hospital. 

On the season finale of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe recaps the recently-concluded 2015-16 season, a year that saw the team show a marked improvement on the ice. Bill talks about phenom Jack Eichel's rookie campaign, players who took their game to the next level and the club's needs heading into the offseason.

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While 16 NHL teams are getting ready for the playoffs, the Buffalo Sabres are looking ahead to next year after missing the post-season for the fifth straight year. Still, General Manager Tim Murray carried an optimistic tone into Monday's season-ending press conference.

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Hillary Clinton expressed her faith in Buffalo's future and took some credit for helping spur the city's economic rebound while serving as a U.S. Senator while making a campaign push in downtown Buffalo Friday.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's late-season success, which has them within one game of a .500 record, and previews what to expect in the final two games of the 2015-16 campaign.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the promising debuts of newly-signed Hudson Fasching and Casey Nelson and how this week's losses to Pittsburgh and Detroit show the team is still a work in progress.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday night's comeback win in Carolina, the improvements the team has shown in the second half and the upcoming debut of one of the organization's top prospects.


On this week's edition of WBFO'S Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Wednesday's overtime loss to Montreal, the return of injured forward Ryan O'Reilly and head coach Dan Bylsma's propensity for shuffling his lines.


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Three teenagers were among four people who were shot, one fatally, in two separate incidents in Buffalo over the weekend. Buffalo police say they are making some progress and the two shootings may be related.

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Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane has been cleared in an investigation into a sexual encounter at a downtown hotel in December.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's difficulty scoring first, the continued emergence of Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart and the strong play of a line made up of players who were mostly unproductive early this season.


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The Buffalo Urban League has filed a notice of claim against Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw over what the group calls "an improperly conducted and fatally flawed report" that has caused harm to the organization.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the much-hyped first matchup between Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel and this week's trade deadline, which saw forward Jamie McGinn shipped to Anaheim for a draft pick.


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A Concord man has been arrested and charged with shooting his 4-year-old and 6-year-old stepdaughters with a BB gun. 

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The Buffalo Sabres made just one deal prior to the NHL's trade deadline Monday, sending winger Jamie McGinn to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a draft pick.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the start of the team's western road trip, Ryan O'Reilly's injury, the trade of defenseman Mike Weber and who else could be dealt prior to Monday's trade deadline.


A Niagara County man who lured and tortured women in his basement was sentenced today to 14 years in state prison.

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