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

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Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are at odds over whether public schools should be shuttered for the rest of the academic year to curb the coronavirus.

The coronavirus pandemic is keeping many of us at home, and that includes this week's Press Pass participants Mark Scott and Elizabeth Licata. They talked via Zoom. Elizabeth says the April issue of Buffalo Spree has been delivered to subscribers but that there won't be another print issue until sometime this summer.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit an Orchard Park nursing home and rehabilitation facility. 

Photo from Poloncarz's Facebook Live video

As the month of March draws to a close, New York is reporting some stunning coronavirus statistics. On Sunday, March 1st, there were still no confirmed cases in New York. Today, there are more than 52,000. 728 New Yorkers have died from COVID-19.

There are now 56 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Erie County. County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the Public Health Lab is currently processing 300 swabs that were taken in the past week. He says the results will continue to show more and more people are infected.

Office of the Governor

The number of coronavirus cases has more than doubled in New York in recent days. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced Sunday morning the number of cases in the state has increased to 105, up from 89 Saturday and a sharp increase from the 44 cases that had been reported Friday.

Press Pass: Home design

Mar 3, 2020
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Spree

The March issue of Buffalo Spree explores home design. Five area homes are showcased, all of different styles. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says one is a small cottage in Allentown, built by a man on a small parcel behind an existing home.


New York State will begin its own testing for the coronavirus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday the state received federal approval to conduct its own testing for the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus.

Buffalo's University Heights and Kensington-Bailey neighborhoods may soon become an historic district. The University District Community Association is nominating about 1,500 residential properties for the special status.

Omar Fetouh

A former City of Buffalo program coordinator and pastor who worked with young people pleaded guilty Thursday to felony sex abuse.

Boy Scouts of America

The bankruptcy filing by the Boy Scouts of America does not affect the Scouts' Greater Niagara Frontier Council.

Courtesy of Mayor Byron Brown's Office

Mayor Byron Brown is cracking down on commercial property owners in Buffalo who are neglecting their properties.

New York State is providing more than $2.7 million to Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Rochester to combat housing blight. State Attorney General Lititia James says the funding will help the localities improve housing code enforcement.

Photo provided by Governor's Press Office

President Trump has promised to push a bill to improve the nation's infrastructure. But after three years, the administration has been unable to work with Congress in coming up with a plan. In an address to a national governors group Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo argued it's up to individual states to take the lead when it comes to improving transportation networks.

State Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, is weighing in on a controversial Trump administration action late last week that bans New Yorkers from participating in federal Trusted Travelers programs. He released a statement Saturday, arguing the ban has nothing to do with national security but is simply political retribution against New York for its progressive policies

Photo by Michael Mroziak / WBFO News File Photo

Sunday's Super Bowl is expected to draw a big crowd to each of the Seneca Nation casinos in Western New York, where sports gambling is now allowed. The Senecas opened their sports gambling lounges two months ago.

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Coffee shops seem to be everywhere around Western New York. Some are popular national chains, while others are locally-owned and operated. The February issue of Buffalo Spree explores Western New York's coffee culture. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says today's shops offer good coffee and a place to work or socialize.

WBFO File Photo

State Sen. Chris Jacobs was endorsed by county Republican leaders Saturday as their candidate to run in this spring's special election in the 27th congressional district.

WBFO File Photo

Winds were diminishing late Sunday morning after a peak gust of 69 miles per hour was reported at the airport weather station. The strong winds, which began blowing through the region around 4:30am, brought down tree limbs and power lines.

Buffalo Bills

Some fans traveled to Houston to attend the game. Others jammed sports bars across Western New York to watch on TV. But all of Bills Nation is in shock after watching their team blow a 16 point lead in Saturday's wildcard round of the NFL playoffs. Buffalo lost to the Texans 22 to 19 in overtime.

Photo courtesy of Buffalo Spree

It's Christmas Eve. So on this week's Press Pass, WBFO's Mark Scott and Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata talk about holiday lights, some things to do and the big New Year's Eve ball drop.

A Clarence woman who was hoping to take on front-runner Nate McMurray for the Democratic nomination in the 27th congressional district race has dropped out.

National Institutes of Health

Southern Tier Rep. Tom Reed has introduced bipartisan legislation that would cut the skyrocketing price of insulin products by 75%.

U.S. House of Representatives

Western New York's two members of the House of Representatives voted along party lines Wednesday in the historic vote to impeach President Donald Trump.

Buffalo Aerial Pictures / Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

An $18 million expansion project at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will begin in Fall 2020.

The rain and  heavy, wet snow that fell across Western New York Saturday made for some messy walking but caused minimal problems. Drivers in the immediate Buffalo area were able to get around despite the snowfall. Those traveling south, especially in Springville, encountered more difficult driving conditions because of higher amounts of snow.

Amherst Democrat Joan Elizabeth Seamans formally announced her candidacy Saturday in next year's race in the State Senate's 61st district.

Buffalo police say a man died in a pedestrian accident late Saturday night. An arrest has been made.

Photos by Luke Copping courtesy of Buffalo Spree

The December issue of Buffalo Spree will introduce readers to eight Western New Yorkers under 40 who are doing interesting things in our region. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says she had help in selecting these eight young influencers.


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Public art is prevalent around Buffalo, everything from traditional statues to colorful murals. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata suggests public art begins with the bones of the city itself—its historic architecture and parks system.