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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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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Buffalo's primary airport is constructing a lactation room for traveling, nursing mothers. The announcement comes after legislation was recently introduced in the state legislature by Buffalo senator Tim Kennedy that would require large New York airports to offer such rooms.

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Dayton, Ohio's The Noah Wotherspoon Band delighted a sold-out crowd at the second WBFO Buffalo Blues Bash of the year Saturday night in the WNED|WBFO Studios.

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Hockey star Patrick Kane should be benched until his name is cleared. That's the opinion of a women's group in response to Kane being allowed to participate in Chicago Blackhawks training camp, which opened Friday.

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The Bills are a hot ticket and perhaps no game this season is hotter than this Sunday's home game against the division rival New England Patriots.

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More than a dozen area museums and cultural institutions are seizing an opportunity to expose the arts to more people. At least 15 such organizations across Western New York are participating in this year's National Museum Day.

The Buffalo Bills have locked up one of their key defensive players in a long-term contract.

The Buffalo Police Deparment's Internal Affairs Division is looking into an incident Tuesday night where an officer fired his weapon at a suspect. 

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A West side Buffalo barbershop is now a murder scene. 


The Buffalo Bills have released veteran running back Fred Jackson. The somewhat shocking news comes as the team prepares to cut its roster down to 75 players by Tuesday afternoon.

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Visitors to The Buffalo Zoo will be paying a bit more from now on. The zoo has announced it is raising its admission prices by $1.50 for patrons over the age of two.

Hotel projects don't create living wage jobs. That is the message being sent to the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency by labor and community groups. 

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The driver of the vehicle that struck and killed a 3-year-old boy in Delaware Park this spring will not be prosecuted for a crime, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita.

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The city of Rochester is reeling following a mass shooting Wednesday night that left three people dead and four wounded. 

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A Niagara County state assemblyman announced Tuesday he is changing his party affiliation. John Ceretto is switching from the Republican to the Democratic conference.

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Erie County's district attorney spoke in generalities, for the first time Wednesday, when asked about the police investigation into hockey star Patrick Kane.


It was the end of an era Thursday night for fans of Comedy Central's The Daily Show. After 16 years and more than 2,600 episodes, Jon Stewart hosted his final show in what turned out to be a star-studded and emotional affair.

Lackawanna man accused of attempting to join ISIL

Jul 29, 2015
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A Lackawanna man has been arrested for allegedly attempting to join and recruit for a notorious terrorist organization.

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The U.S. Senate will hold a hearing Wednesday on a bipartisan bill to reform campus sexual assault policies across the nation. Studies show one in five women on college campuses will experience some form of unwanted sexual contact by the time they graduate.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Pegulaville just got a little bit smaller.