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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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.


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

The Buffalo Sabres are back home after having completed a four-game western road trip. The team got its first win of the season, but bring a disappointing 1-4-2 record into their next home game, Friday against the Vancouver Canucks. On this week's Behind The Bench, Bill Hoppe talks about what Sabres fans who weren't able to stay up for the late night games may have missed. He also discusses two players who badly needed to get on the score sheet, Ryan O'Reilly and Sam Reinhart.


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The search for missing Buffalo Police diver Craig Lehner is over. The department announced Tuesday that Lehner's body has been located and recovered from the Niagara River.

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A massive search effort was set to continue overnight for a Buffalo Police diver missing in the waters of the Niagara River. 

The cities of Buffalo and Rochester have announced a collaborative effort to lure online retail giant Amazon to Western New York.

The 2017-18 season is off to a rocky start for the Buffalo Sabres, who are 0-2-1 in their first three games. After a solid debut against the Montreal Canadiens, the team suffered two ugly losses to the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils, giving up six goals in each game. Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about what's gone wrong in this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench.


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The University at Buffalo has begun the process of revoking an honorary degree given to disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The Buffalo Sabres open the 2017-2018 season Thursday evening with a game against the Montreal Canadiens at KeyBank Center and with the new season comes the return of WBFO's Behind The Bench, our weekly conversation with Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe. On the season premiere, Bill talks about Jack Eichel's big new contract extension, what to expect from new head coach Phil Housley, changes to the team's roster, and Bill gives his prediction on whether the Sabres will finally break their six-season postseason drought.


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Teachers often feel overworked and underpaid. But local educators may be happy to learn one research firm has determined New York to be the best state for teachers.

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Two lawn signs that featured messages of inclusion were set on fire in Buffalo's Allentown neighborhood late Tuesday night.

On a special June edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the hiring of new head coach Phil Housley, which player the team is likely to lose to Vegas in the NHL Expansion Draft, changes to the Sabres' blue line, trade talk surrounding star forward Evander Kane and the upcoming NHL Draft.


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Bar bouncers have a tough job. They often have to wrangle rowdy patrons, many of whom have had one too many, while sometimes dealing with hostility aimed in their direction. But as WBFO's Omar Fetouh reports, in a report produced by Marwan Elbliety, the job has also changed over time.


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A longtime haven for local music aficionados is closing its doors for good. Record Theatre announced Tuesday it is shuttering its last retail location on Main Street in Buffalo this summer.

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Buffalo Pride Week officially kicked off Tuesday with a celebration and a demonstration.

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UPDATE: The AMBER Alert for McKenzie Wilson, 12, has been canceled. Authorities say she was found in Farmersvile and is unharmed.

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The Buffalo Bills have named former Carolina Panthers executive Brandon Beane to be the team's new general manager.

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The group in charge of choosing a site for a new Buffalo train station has recommended the station be built downtown, near the current Exchange Street site.

Supporters of the Central Terminal option, prior to the meeting, suggested the people making the selection already had their minds made up and willingly ignored the overwhelming public support for the East Side site.

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