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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Reports out of Philadelphia indicate Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is being investigated for the alleged assault of two off-duty Philadelphia police officers at a bar there early Sunday morning. 

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's return from the All-Star break, the improving play of forward Zemgus Girgensons and the team's success on the road versus their continuing woes on home ice.


Buffalo Police are investigating an apparent murder/suicide involving a mother and daughter. 

On an All-Star break edition of WBFO'S Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about goalie Robin Lehner's first win as a member of the team, rookie Jack Eichel's recent resurgence, some much-needed production from forward Zemgus Girgensons, and the state of the team as it enters the NHL's unofficial second half.


A 10-year-old child was struck by gunfire in Jamestown Monday night.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's recent success on special teams, the play of now-healthy goalie Robin Lehner, and the dilemma GM Tim Murray faces with forward Jamie McGinn, who will be an attractive trade deadline target for contending teams.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team getting off to faster starts, the returns of goalie Robin Lehner and defenseman Mark Pysyk, rookie Sam Reinhart's first career hat trick and what to expect ahead of next month's NHL trade deadline.


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Motorists can look forward to a slow afternoon commute home, with another winter blast coming in.

Thousands of people will head to downtown Buffalo Thursday night to ring in the new year. Those celebrations typically involve drinking and one local company is offering free rides to party-goers who may find themselves too drunk to drive. 

On the final 2015 edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the Evander Kane situation, the team's struggles on the power play, a breakout game for Jack Eichel, and the pending return of the man who entered the year as the Sabres' starting goaltender.


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Researchers studying the effects on concussions on athletes hope the new film Concussion will raise awareness about the effects of head trauma on the brain. 

On a holiday edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe makes a list, checks it twice, and reveals which players have been naughty and nice based on the first three months of the 2014-2015 season.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about a busy spate of pre-Christmas break games, including two impressive wins over Detroit and LA. Bill also updates forward Cody McCormick's ongoing medical situation, which has left his NHL future in doubt.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's poor showing on a western Canada road trip, a young goaltender struggling between the pipes and the strong play of a forward many considered to be just a throw-in in the big Ryan O'Reilly trade.


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The body of a missing North Tonawanda kayaker was found in the waters of Lake Erie late Tuesday morning. 

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If you’ve ever tried to purchase alcohol before noon on a Sunday, you know that it’s forbidden by state law. One Erie County lawmaker is starting a local push to get that law changed. 

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's recent goal scoring success, the continued strong play of defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and one player's desire NOT to receive votes for this year's NHL All-Star Game.


Victim, suspect identified in LeRoy shooting

Dec 1, 2015

Authorities in Genesee County say a man fatally shot a neighbor early Tuesday morning in the Town of LeRoy and set his own house on fire. 

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's recent scoring struggles and where the team stands one-quarter into the 2015-2016 season.


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Should terminally ill patients in New York be allowed to medically end their own lives? That question was discussed Friday at the University at Buffalo Law School.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about how the NHL's new coach's challenge, which has reversed three Sabres goals already this season, the effectiveness of the team's goaltending tandem and the returns of two key players from injury.


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A Buffalo man has been arrested and charged with raping a college student in broad daylight earlier this month in Hillery Park.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday's impressive road win in Tampa Bay, the play of Tyler Ennis, Ryan Miller's return and the induction of a legendary Sabres defenseman into the Hockey Hall of Fame.


Kane won't be prosecuted in alleged rape case

Nov 5, 2015
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Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III will not present the alleged rape case against hockey superstar and Buffalo native Patrick Kane to a grand jury, saying the case is "rife with reasonable doubt."

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the new and improved Sabres defense, improvements in offense and puck possession, and a young Swedish goaltender who appears to be the team's new starting netminder.


This week on WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about head coach Dan Bylsma's return to Pittsburgh, a good showing against the Flyers, the Evander Kane injury and one player's early season frustrations.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's struggle to score goals so far this young season, the state of the its goaltending and the emergence of one of the organization's top young talents.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the first three games of the 2015-2016 season, games that included a significant injury and a spectacular Jack Eichel goal that has the hockey world buzzing.


Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1937, but some want to see that changed.  Four states don't recognize Columbus Day and a growing number of cities have followed suit.

It's opening night for the Buffalo Sabres and with the new season comes the return of WBFO's Behind The Bench, our weekly look at the team both on and off the ice. Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe joins WBFO's Omar Fetouh for a preview of what fans can expect from this year's squad, which has undergone a massive overhaul over the past several months.


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