Mark Scott

Program host

Mark has been at WBFO since 1981, serving as News Director from 1981 through 1986 and 1992 to 2010. He's a 1977 graduate of Saint Bonaventure University, where he received a BA in Journalism. He served as News Director and Station Manager of the campus station, WSBU. After graduation, Mark was hired as News Director of WMNS Radio in Olean. 

Under Mark's leadership, the WBFO News Department has won more awards from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association than any other Buffalo radio station. In 2006, WBFO was awarded the grand prize from the Associated Press for overall excellence in news coverage. The newsroom has also been honored with national awards from Public Radio News Directors Inc. and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Mark is a member of Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and a board member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association. Mark is a past chairman of the board at the Northeast Family YMCA in Amherst, where he has been a member for more than 25 years.

Mark resides in Amherst with his wife Mary Lou, who recently retired from teaching music at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf. Their son, Anthony, is pursuing his MD/PhD at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Mark's interests include Buffalo radio history, reading, politics and cheering on the Bills, Sabres, Bisons, UB Bulls and the Bonnies.

If you have any comments about WBFO's local news programming, call Mark's direct line at (716) 829-5780, or e-mail him at mscott@wbfo.org.

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Large crowds turned out Saturday for day one of the 36th annual Taste of Buffalo downtown.

A downtown developer has filed suit to stop a nearby parking lot from being used as a site for new apartments and a grocery store.

The Best of Western New York 2019 is out in the July edition of Buffalo Spree. Readers and a panel of experts select the best our area has to offer in a wide variety of categories. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says more and more readers are participating in the poll.


Sts. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church

Three Catholic priests who were placed on leave after making inappropriate remarks during a party with seminarians in April are being reinstated.

Buffalo police are investigating two weekend shootings, one of them fatal.

Pietszak Funeral Home

A Frontier High School student died Saturday morning in a two-vehicle crash on Southwestern Boulevard near Transit Road in West Seneca.

The WBFO News department is celebrating three national awards.

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Heavy rains, thunderstorms and strong winds swept through Western New York early Saturday evening.

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery expansion project is awaiting final approval from city planners. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata says people continue to weigh in on the design. As with any issue in the 21st century, she says social media is where people who object can be heard.


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Legislation is making its way through Albany that would require the NFTA Board of Commissioners to add two users of Metro Bus and Rail as voting members.

Independent Health says personal patient information from thousands of members was inadvertently sent to a single individual two months ago.

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State Senator Tim Kennedy was joined by other elected leaders and NFTA officials late last week for a tour of Buffalo's aging Metro Rail system.

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Wegmans supermarkets are getting ahead of New York State’s upcoming ban on single-use plastic bags.


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Buffalo's Hamlin Park is an historic city neighborhood adjacent to Canisius College. The May issue of Buffalo Spree finds out why more and more people want to live there. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata says the neighborhood is named after a family that once ran a horse racing track in that neighborhood.


Central Terminal Restoration Corporation

Buffalo's historic Central Terminal will be in the limelight Monday night. The annual Dyngus Day Party is the largest in the United States and just one of many scheduled events in the coming months, designed to attract more people to the East Side landmark.

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New York State will provide $100 million in funding over five years for capital improvements on Buffalo's Metro Rail system. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the agreement late Saturday night along with State Senator Tim Kennedy of Buffalo.

Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders have agreed on a new state budget that will take effect Monday.

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A new book by a St. Bonaventure University priest and professor explores options for the Church as it tries to recover from the ongoing clergy abuse scandal. Fr. David Couturier is a theology professor who is also director of the Franciscan Institute. His book is titled "The Voice of the Victims, The Voice of the Crucified."

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Erie County would take leadership in providing high-speed internet to under-served areas under a plan County Executive Mark Poloncarz will unveil in his State of the County address this week.

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There's nothing like life's little luxuries. The April issue of Buffalo Spree, which arrives in subscribers mail boxes this week, explores such luxuries as listening to a vinyl record or enjoying a home-cooked meal without having to cook it. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says these luxuries are all affordable.


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The State Legislature held a hearing in Buffalo Friday where lawmakers heard public input on public transit issues. State Senator Tim Kennedy is chair of the Senate's Transportation Committee. He tells WBFO News the state has failed to provide adequate funding to effectively operate public transportation systems across New York. He says mass transit is simply not reliable.
 

After three months of work by hundreds of Catholic lay volunteers, the Movement to Restore Trust has presented its recommendations to Bishop Richard Malone.

A major winter storm is sweeping through the eastern portion of the US Sunday. But Western New York will escape the brunt of the snowfall. The storm is tracking far enough south to have little impact here.

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With new restrictions being proposed for the sale of e-cigarettes in New York, the vaping industry fought back Friday. Store owners, workers and others rallied in downtown Buffalo to present their side of the story.

A High Wind Warning is now in effect across Western New York and continues through 10:00 Monday morning.

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Buffalo public works crews were preparing as early as Friday for anticipated winds on Sunday that forecasters say pose a serious damage risk.

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There's an online petition to stop Bishop Richard Malone from marching in this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

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It's been quite a winter so far -- a blizzard, record high and low temperatures, flooding and a wind storm in the last two weeks alone. For many, winter is a time to head outdoors. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata celebrates winter, starting with a visit to Niagara Falls.


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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz formally announced his candidacy for a third term Saturday.

Rising temperatures have emergency response officials in Western New York on alert for potential flooding.

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