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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The SPCA in Niagara County is under fire for allegations that the agency has euthanized too many healthy animals in recent months.  Erie County's SPCA has launched an investigation. 

On this week's Press Pass, Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch tells WBFO's Mark Scott that this story seemed to come out of nowhere.

Mitt Romney is pledging to "go back to work" as the Republican presidential campaign shifts to the next primary state in South Carolina.  Romney easily outdistanced the field Tuesday in the nation's first primary in New Hampshire. 

WBFO's Mark Scott reached UB Political Science Professor James Campbell his analysis.

Governor pledges $1 billion to Buffalo

Jan 5, 2012
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Governor Andrew Cuomo said he is committing $1 billion over the next several years to jump start economic development in Buffalo. 

The Governor made the announcement as he delivered his State of the State Address from Albany Wednesday afternoon.

The $1 billion would be in addition to the $100 million a new regional economic development council approved for Western New York. 

Administration officials say the $1 billion package will send a message to industries worldwide that if they come to Buffalo, financing will be available.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney narrowly slipped past the rest of the GOP field to win Tuesday night's Iowa caucuses. 

The photo-finish saw Romney beat Rick Santorum by eight votes, with Ron Paul in a close third.  Now it's on to the primaries in New Hampshire and then South Carolina. 

University at Buffalo political scientist James Campbell, a nationally recognized scholar on presidential politics, joined WBFO's Mark Scott to talk about the results.

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The investigation continues into a fire that killed a man living in a residential motel in Clarence.  The fire broke out shortly before 5:30pm Thursday. 

Volunteer firefighters arriving on the scene found flames shooting from a front apartment of the Rock Garden Motel.  Assistant Chief Jeffrey Schlabach said they were able to contain the fire.

"Things went fairly smoothly.  Our crews did a good job," said Schlabach.  "They did a good job knocking it down."

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The Buffalo Board of Education has a new member.  The school board voted five to three Wednesday night to appoint Barbara Seals Nevergold as an at-large member. 

Seals Nevergold succeeds Christopher Jacobs, who was elected Erie County Clerk. 

Seals Nevergold is co-founder and co-director of the Uncrowned Queens Institute, which documents the stories of African-American women.

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The leader of the Buffalo School District says an agreement has been reached with two district employee unions, making the district eligible for $10-million in federal education funding.

Districts across the state received a stern warning this week from state Education Commissioner John King, who said millions of dollars in education funding are in jeopardy because many districts are not meeting the requirements.  The deadline is this Saturday.  

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It's a wintry day across Western New York.  Here in Buffalo, there's just a coating of snow on the ground.
Of greater concern are the plunging temperatures which caused untreated wet roads to freeze. 

In the Southern Tier, lake effect snow is falling and could accumulate another two to four inches Wednesday.

The National Weather Service is continuing a winter weather advisory for all of Western New York through 6:00 p.m. Wednesday for snow and blowing snow.

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2011 began with a new governor introducing an ambitious agenda for the state.  And as the year draws to a close, Andrew Cuomo is able to check off a number of the priorities he set forth.  WBFO's Mark Scott reports.

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2011 saw a return to normalcy in the State Capitol.  After four years of high profile scandals, a new governor worked with both parties to pass an ambitious agenda, including a property tax cap and a gay marriage law. 

The dysfunction that was so typical of state government the past four years disappeared in 2011.  Governor Andrew Cuomo came into office determined to pass an on-time budget and more.  Ken Lovett, Albany bureau correspondent for the New York Daily News, says it was a refreshing change...

Occupy protestors removed from Lafayette Square; one arrested

Dec 22, 2011
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The city of Buffalo ordered members of the Occupy movement to leave Lafayette Square late Wednesday night.

Buffalo Mayor Bryon Brown gave the directive to police.  At a news conference in City Hall Thursday, Brown said police were just doing their job.  He said the city is enforcing a law that that requires people to leave parks, including Lafayette Square, by 10p.m.

Sisters of St. Francis

Two prominent religious women from upstate New York are among seven new saints approved Monday by Pope Benedict. 

Sister Marianne Cope and  Kateri Tekakwitha are expected to be canonized in 2012.  Sr. Marianne of Syracuse was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, which also has a presence in Buffalo.  She cared for leprosy patients in Hawaii in the late 1880s.   Blessed Kateri was a Native American baptized in 1676 in the Mohawk Valley where a shrine to her attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year.

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No one from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority attended Thursday's Common Council hearing on the future of the NFTA's waterfront property.

The city is trying to regain control of the valuable real estate that it once owned. The NFTA has asked for proposals from those interested in buying Gallagher Beach, the Small Boat Harbor and the old port terminal complex.

South District Council member Michael Kearns says the city has a fundamental responsibility to participate in these discussions.

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The suicide of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer -- a student at Williamsville North High School -- attracted national attention in recent months.  Jamey was the victim of bullying over his sexual identity.  No criminal charges were filed in the case.  But last week, a number of students were suspended for their involvement in the bullying. 

On today's Press Pass, Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch said it would have been difficult to prosecute this case as a crime.

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The new, ten story federal courthouse officially opens for business Monday.  As WBFO's Mark Scott reports, federal officials are hailing the new building's design.  But not everyone is enamored by it.

The new courthouse in Niagara Square across from City Hall is finally finished.  Its opening was delayed for many months when a moisture problem was discovered.  Federal court staffers have spent the past several weeks moving in.  And Monday morning, a ceremonial flag raising was held to mark the first day of business. 

Sunny skies and mild temperatures greeted Black Friday shoppers across Western New York.   Shopping malls were filled on what is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year.  

The Buffalo News reports 1,600 people were waiting outside the Toys 'R Us store in Amherst Thursday night, waiting for the 9pm opening of the store.   It was also busy at Toys 'R Us in Hamburg, where store manager Lisa Santangelo said the early start to shopping drew quite a crowd.


Registration closed Tuesday for the the 116th annual Turkey Trot, the annual Thanksgiving morning foot race, from the YMCA on Delaware Avenue to the Buffalo Convention Center. 

YMCA officials say 13,200 people have signed up for the race.  Proceeds benefit programs at the YMCA.  It is the longest continuously held road race in the country. 

Budd Bailey writes a running column for the Buffalo News.  Bailey tells WBFO's Mark Scott the number of runners has increased significantly in recent years.

A prominent pollster in New York says last week's election victory by Erie County Executive-elect Mark Poloncarz validated an early October poll that found the Democrat gaining ground in his race against incumbent Republican Chris Collins.

When the Siena Research Institute released its first poll on the county executive's race, the Collins campaign was harshly critical.  Campaign spokesman Stefan Mychajliw characterized the poll as "flawed," that it was just another media-sponsored poll that gets it wrong every time.  Except that this time, Siena was right.

The National Weather Service is confirming that two tornadoes touched down in Chautauqua County during Monday's fast-moving storms.  The category EF-2 twisters hit Westfield and Fredonia.  An EF-2 tornado has winds starting at 112 miles per hour. 

Teams from the weather service's Buffalo office traveled to Chautauqua County Tuesday to survey the damage.  Meteorologist Bill Hibbert says a tornado in November is a first for the region.

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Halfway through the state's fiscal year, New York is dealing with a $350 million hole in its budget. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo released his mid-year budget assessment Monday, suggesting he may have to call a special session of the State Legislature if the numbers worsen.  On the Capitol Pressroom on WBFO, Cuomo said his budget office is coming up with a fiscal management plan to close the deficit.

Tuesday is National Philanthropy Day.  But at St. Bonaventure University, students are encouraged to give something back every day.  As WBFO's Mark Scott reports, such giving is part of the Franciscan tradition that dates back to the days of St. Francis of Assisi.

As this year's construction season comes to a close, local elected leaders are hailing this year's developments along Buffalo's waterfront.  Congressman Brian Higgins said 2011 was a "breakthrough year."   He said an expansion of the Central Wharf, combined with a new food shack and water taxi service, attracted tens of thousands to Canal Side this summer and fall.

Authorities say a 37-year-old man has been fatally shot inside his Cheektowaga home.

Police  say officers were called to the house on West Grand Boulevard early Sunday morning where they found Armod Law dead. Two other people inside the house at the time of the shooting were unharmed.

Investigators are looking for two male suspects. No other details, including a possible motive, have been released.

Law was the owner of a liquor store on Broadway in Buffalo.

Election day is Tuesday and the biggest local race is for Erie County Executive pitting incumbent Republican Chris Collins against Democratic challenger Mark Polencarz.  Collins spent the day Sunday at the Bills game talking with fans about the issues. 

A Siena Research poll conducted by the Buffalo News and WGRZ-TV shows the race to be a statistical dead-heat. Polencarz Sunday called a press conference to discuss the results..

Western New York's leading advocate for selling 100 percent made in America products is spreading his message nationwide.

Perhaps you've driven by -- or even shopped at -- the Made In America Store on Maple Street, just off the Route 400 exit in Elma.  It was opened by Mark Andol in April 2010 after his manufacturing company, General Welding and Fabricating, fell on hard times because of the recession.  Andol says his company lost $3 million in business to China.  He says keeping that money in the U.S. would save jobs and boost the economy. 

The marquis race in tomorrow's elections is the one for Erie County Executive, pitting incumbent Republican Chris Collins against Democratic challenger Mark Poloncarz.

On this week's Press Pass, Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch joins WBFO's Mark Scott for a preview. This is a race between two candidates who really are quite different -- Collins focused on limited government while Poloncarz sees a more expansive role for government.

Andriatch says that gives voters a clear choice.