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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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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Basic life skills that many take for granted can often be challenging for people with developmental disabilities.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about what he calls the team's "best week this season, by far," with the Sabres going 2-0-2 in their last four games. Who and what are responsible for the recent success? Bill shares his thoughts on his weekly chat about the team.


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A man was found guilty Friday of a murder that took place in one of Buffalo's most well-known restaurants.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's waiving of veteran Matt Moulson, its acquisition of Stanley Cup-winning forward Scott Wilson and Tuesday's win in Colorado, where the last-place Sabres snapped a four-game losing streak.


On this week's edition on WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks more about the team's dreadful season and a run that has seen it win just one of their last ten games. How have things gotten so bad? Are there any signs of hope on the horizon? And how much blame, if any, should coach Phil Housley shoulder?


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the Sabres' continuing struggles and a six-game losing streak that has them near the bottom of the NHL standings, Jack Eichel's recent demotion and what, if anything, can be done to get the team going in the right direction.


On this week's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday night's 5-4 overtime loss in Pittsburgh, the lack of offense from the team's defensemen, and Dave Andreychuk's induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.


On this week's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the recent success of forward Benoit Pouliot, who scored the game-winning goal Tuesday against Washington, some odd-sounding comments from head coach Phil Housley following an ugly loss in Dallas, and former Sabres captain Brian Gionta, who will likely represent Team USA at the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea.


There has been another reported case of Halloween candy tampering, this time in Hamburg.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks what the team has been up to in a quiet week, the Sabres' last game against the San Jose Sharks, which included a controversial "no goal," and what coach Phil Housley thinks the team can learn from their crosstown counterparts, the Buffalo Bills.


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Sam Hoyt, who suddenly resigned his position as regional president of Empire State Development on Monday, reportedly paid a state employee last year to silence her as she pursued an official complaint against him.

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A key member of the Cuomo administration's Western New York economic development operation has left his job in state government.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the past week's games, which include a big comeback win in Boston and shutout over Detroit, as well as the early season struggles of forward Kyle Okposo.


Rep. Brian Higgins' office

New bridges that bring Bailey Avenue motorists over Cazenovia Creek and the Buffalo River in South Buffalo officially open to traffic Monday night.

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