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 Concord man has been arrested and charged with shooting his 4-year-old and 6-year-old stepdaughters with a BB gun. 

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The Buffalo Sabres made just one deal prior to the NHL's trade deadline Monday, sending winger Jamie McGinn to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a draft pick.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the start of the team's western road trip, Ryan O'Reilly's injury, the trade of defenseman Mike Weber and who else could be dealt prior to Monday's trade deadline.


A Niagara County man who lured and tortured women in his basement was sentenced today to 14 years in state prison.

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Donald Trump's presidential campaign got its first endorsement Wednesday from a sitting member of Congress and that congressman represents parts of Western New York.

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Two adult males died in a fire early Friday morning at 90 Humber Avenue. One of the men was a father who reentered the burning structure in an attempt to rescue his children.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's difficulty winning shootouts, the end of Matt Moulson's long goalless streak, the play of prospect Justin Bailey and forward Evander Kane's troubling recent transgression. 


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Buffalo Police have located a missing mother and her three young children who went missing Wednesday.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about an ugly loss to the Florida Panthers, the continued development of young forward Sam Reinhart and the chances the near cellar-dwelling Sabres again find themselves with a high draft pick.


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Reports out of Philadelphia indicate Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy is being investigated for the alleged assault of two off-duty Philadelphia police officers at a bar there early Sunday morning. 

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's return from the All-Star break, the improving play of forward Zemgus Girgensons and the team's success on the road versus their continuing woes on home ice.


Buffalo Police are investigating an apparent murder/suicide involving a mother and daughter. 

On an All-Star break edition of WBFO'S Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about goalie Robin Lehner's first win as a member of the team, rookie Jack Eichel's recent resurgence, some much-needed production from forward Zemgus Girgensons, and the state of the team as it enters the NHL's unofficial second half.


A 10-year-old child was struck by gunfire in Jamestown Monday night.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's recent success on special teams, the play of now-healthy goalie Robin Lehner, and the dilemma GM Tim Murray faces with forward Jamie McGinn, who will be an attractive trade deadline target for contending teams.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team getting off to faster starts, the returns of goalie Robin Lehner and defenseman Mark Pysyk, rookie Sam Reinhart's first career hat trick and what to expect ahead of next month's NHL trade deadline.


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Motorists can look forward to a slow afternoon commute home, with another winter blast coming in.

Thousands of people will head to downtown Buffalo Thursday night to ring in the new year. Those celebrations typically involve drinking and one local company is offering free rides to party-goers who may find themselves too drunk to drive. 

On the final 2015 edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the Evander Kane situation, the team's struggles on the power play, a breakout game for Jack Eichel, and the pending return of the man who entered the year as the Sabres' starting goaltender.


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Researchers studying the effects on concussions on athletes hope the new film Concussion will raise awareness about the effects of head trauma on the brain. 

On a holiday edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe makes a list, checks it twice, and reveals which players have been naughty and nice based on the first three months of the 2014-2015 season.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about a busy spate of pre-Christmas break games, including two impressive wins over Detroit and LA. Bill also updates forward Cody McCormick's ongoing medical situation, which has left his NHL future in doubt.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's poor showing on a western Canada road trip, a young goaltender struggling between the pipes and the strong play of a forward many considered to be just a throw-in in the big Ryan O'Reilly trade.


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The body of a missing North Tonawanda kayaker was found in the waters of Lake Erie late Tuesday morning. 

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If you’ve ever tried to purchase alcohol before noon on a Sunday, you know that it’s forbidden by state law. One Erie County lawmaker is starting a local push to get that law changed. 

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's recent goal scoring success, the continued strong play of defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and one player's desire NOT to receive votes for this year's NHL All-Star Game.


Victim, suspect identified in LeRoy shooting

Dec 1, 2015

Authorities in Genesee County say a man fatally shot a neighbor early Tuesday morning in the Town of LeRoy and set his own house on fire. 

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's recent scoring struggles and where the team stands one-quarter into the 2015-2016 season.


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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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