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 woman in her 60s was struck and killed while walking on Hertel Avenue Friday morning by a Buffalo police officer responding to a call.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the highly-anticipated arrival of top prospect Casey Mittlestadt, the team's first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. What skills have made Mittlestadt so widely admired? And how is the 19-year-old handling the pressures that come with the expectations of a beaten-down fanbase?


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about this week's loss to the Arizona Coyotes and how it recalls a similar game between the two teams three years ago. Also, what has head coach Phil Housley so upset? And how has young goalie Linus Ullmark looked in a Sabres uniform since his recent recall from Rochester?


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Rep. Louise Slaughter, who has represented parts of Western New York in Congress for more than three decades, has died at the age of 88.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the imminent return of star forward Jack Eichel, who has missed more than a month of action with an ankle injury. Also, two prospects are up from Rochester. Why are the Sabres carrying three goaltenders? And how does Justin Bailey fit into the team's plans?


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More than 18,000 National Grid customers and 7,000 NYSEG customers were without power across Western New York late Friday morning.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the trading of Evander Kane to the San Jose Sharks and the underwhelming package GM Jason Botterill was able to get in return for the talented winger. Did Botterill fail his first big trade deadline test? And was trading Kane instead of re-signing him the right move?


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As expected, the Buffalo Sabres traded forward Evander Kane prior to Monday's NHL trade deadline. Kane was dealt to the San Jose Sharks for a package that includes what could end up being a first-round draft pick.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe previews Monday's NHL Trade Deadline. Most of the chatter has centered around forward Evander Kane, who will almost certainly be dealt away. But who else could be traded? And what should GM Jason Botterill be looking for in return?


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A popular Elmwood Avenue restaurant is now under new ownership. Pano's Restaurant has been sold to local developer Chason Affinity Companies, which plans to keep the iconic eatery open under its familiar name.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the injury to star forward Jack Eichel and how two players in particular, Ryan O'Reilly and Sam Reinhart, have stepped up their games, leading to wins against two top teams. Also, a look at top defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen's recent struggles.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's continuing struggles at home, where they've now lost four straight games, and their failure to execute "simple plays." Also, how the Sabres' season of misery is leading to a lot of empty seats at KeyBank Center. And we'll catch up with former Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, now playing in his 15th season, who has found comfort and contentment in Anaheim.


Two Buffalo police officers have been cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting death of an unarmed man who was trying to flee the scene following a traffic stop in May of 2017.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's inability to keep the momentum going from last week's successful road trip in Tuesday's home loss the Devils. Why have the Sabres struggled so much at home this season? And are the trade rumors surrounding a slumping Evander Kane affecting his play on the ice?


East Aurora's school district is under significant fiscal stress, according to a report issued Thursday by state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about what may have the team's worst game of the season, last Saturday against the Dallas Stars, and its best, Tuesday night in Edmonton. Also, star forward Jack Eichel is red hot, the team's power play is clicking and we remember late USA Hockey general manager Jim Johannson, who gave Sabres head coach Phil Housley his first coaching job.


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Former Erie County Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger was arraigned Monday in Albany on charges of rape and criminal sexual act for an alleged encounter with a female county employee at a hotel.

Amazon has released its short list of 20 candidates for its second North American headquarters and a joint bid submitted by Buffalo and Rochester is not on the list. Toronto did make the cut, the only Canadian city to do so.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the mood around the team coming out of its bye week, the improving play of Kyle Okposo, and continuing trade rumors involving high-scoring forward Evander Kane.


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A West Seneca woman whose work has focused on serving families and children will help guide the completion of one of the region's most highly-anticipated projects.

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A 10-year-old boy who was in Buffalo last week for a youth hockey tournament has died after contracting the flu, followed by pneumonia and sepsis.

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The Buffalo Bills have fired one of their top coaches. The team announced Friday morning it has parted ways with offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about some strong words from head coach Phil Housley following Tuesday's 7-4 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, the team's fifth straight defeat. Also, a scuffle between two players at practice and a call-up for one of the Sabres' best prospects.


Buffalo Bills General Manager Brandon Beane says the team is taking an accusation that offensive lineman Richie Incognito used racist slurs in Sunday's playoff game seriously.

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The NFL is looking into allegations that Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito used racial slurs against a Jacksonville Jaguars player in Sunday's playoff game, according to ESPN reporter Adam Schefter.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the Winter Classic, played on New Year's Day at Citi Field in New York City, a Sabres draft pick who is making a big impression in the World Junior tournament and a couple of players with Sabres ties who will be playing for Team USA in next month's Winter Olympics.


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Buffalo’s West Side is going through a change. With a surge of development taking place along the Niagara Street strip and the influx of higher-income residents, some longtime West Siders have been forced to find other places to live.

This report was written and produced by Khalid Terrell.

Pegulas acquire Buffalo Beauts women's hockey team

Dec 21, 2017
Buffalo Beauts

The husband-wife owners of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Bills have acquired another local sports team. Terry and Kim Pegula announced Thursday they have purchased the Buffalo Beauts of the National Women’s Hockey League.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's inability to give goalie Robin Lehner goal support at home, the continuing struggles of high draft pick Sam Reinhart, and a special night for star forward Jack Eichel that could have been more special.


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A name familiar to local sports fans has entered one of the country's most high-profile political races.

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