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.

Ways to Connect

Jack Eichel is back and the Buffalo Sabres' franchise player made an immediate impact in his return from injury Tuesday night in Ottawa. On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Eichel's season debut and his effect on his teammates, one in particular.


On a Thanksgiving week edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about two big wins over Pittsburgh and Calgary, the strong play of goaltender Anders Nilsson and defenseman Taylor Fedun, and why Rasmus Ristolainen's stick has become an issue.


Henry Vilas Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo is part of a three-way polar bear swap being undertaken to promote breeding within the declining population.

The Buffalo Zoo

A polar bear who was lived at The Buffalo Zoo since 2002 will soon be leaving. Anana, 16, is going to an undisclosed location as part of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan.

The Buffalo Sabres' offensive woes continue. The team has lost five straight games and, on many nights, has struggled to score more than one goal. Could some home cooking help turn around the team's fortune? Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe weighs in on this week's Behind The Bench.


In trends that should sound familiar to fans, the Buffalo Sabres are struggling to score goals and win on home ice. Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about those issues and updates some key injuries on this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench.


Jamestown Police

Public schools in Jamestown went into lockdown Thursday due to the search for a person of interest in a morning homicide.

Coming off a four-game losing streak, the Buffalo Sabres rebounded with three straight wins in the past week. On this week's Behind The Bench, Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe says the team, which was in danger of digging itself into an early-season hole, was able to close out the kinds of games they let slip away last week.


The Buffalo Sabres (1-2-2) completed a four-game road trip Thursday with a gut-wrenching loss in Philadelphia. The result wasn't unlike many games last season, where the team failed to close out games in which they had a lead. Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about that and the continuing resurgence of forward Matt Moulson on this week's Behind The Bench.


Another key injury has hit the Buffalo Sabres early in the 2016-17 campaign. Just days after star forward Jack Eichel went down, Evander Kane suffered an injury in the season opener that will sideline him for several weeks. Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about that and the team's first three games on this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench.


The Buffalo Sabres open the 2016-2017 season Thursday night with a game against the Montreal Canadiens at KeyBank Center. But the team was dealt a major blow on Wednesday when young star Jack Eichel suffered a high-ankle sprain at practice. No timetable has been set for his return, but Eichel is expected to miss several weeks. WBFO's Omar Fetouh talked about the injury and the new season with Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe on the season premiere of Behind The Bench.


File photo

Buffalo Sabres star forward Jack Eichel suffered an ankle injury in practice Wednesday morning and had to be helped off the ice.

Facebook

A woman and her young son were discovered dead inside their Cheektowaga home Thursday evening. The man who had a relationship with the mother is charged with two counts of second-degree murder.


File photo

The Buffalo Bills will formally unveil the new name of Ralph Wilson Stadium Thursday morning. Starting this season, the Orchard Park facility will be known as New Era Field.

WBFO File Photo

A Washington, D.C. development company has signed a contract to purchase Buffalo's tallest building.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

An arrest has been made in connection with the fire that destroyed the home of a North Tonawanda firefighter who, just days earlier, had received a threatening, racist note. The suspect, identified as 39-year-old Matthew Jurado, appeared in court Friday morning.

bfloparks.org

Residents of South Buffalo are taking action after learning that a "White Lives Matter" rally has been planned for Cazenovia Park on Saturday. 

File photo

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.

   

WBFO/Mike Desmond

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.

buffalo.edu

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.


Avery Schneider/WBFO News

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.

Buffalo Zoo

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.

File photo

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.

Pages