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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One man is dead and a woman was seriously injured in an early morning fire Saturday in the Town of Amherst.

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New York is not spending enough money on smoking cessation programs. The 2019 State of Tobacco Control report released late last week suggests New York is no longer a leader when it comes to spending money on programs that reduce smoking rates.

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The long-time owner of an iconic East Aurora destination has died. Ed Vidler, the president of Vidler's 5 & 10 on Main Street, was 90 years old.

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The legal purchase age for tobacco products in New York would rise from 18 to 21 under a package of bills unveiled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Saturday.

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There are dozens of businesses in Western New York that have been around for 100 years or more. Buffalo Spree introduces us to some of them in the January issue. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says she was amazed by the sheer numbers as she was putting the issue together.


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Niagara Falls residents are being asked to weigh in with their recommendation for making their city more bicycle friendly.

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Buffalo Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret fell ill during the third period of Saturday's broadcast and was taken from the Keybank Center on a stretcher.

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Water rates will increase in the city of Buffalo starting January 1st. The city Water Board has approved the first rate increase in seven years.

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Dog owners in Buffalo would be prohibited from keeping their dogs outdoors during extreme weather conditions under a new bill now under consideration.

Life is busy. There's work and family. And this time of year tends to most stressful. The December issue of Buffalo Spree has some tips on taking care of yourself. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says most of us fail to set aside time for our own well-being.

 


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George Herbert Walker Bush is being remembered for his lifetime of service to his nation. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said even in his post-presidency, the elder Bush continued to help others in need.

Despite improvements this summer to make Niagara Falls Boulevard safer for pedestrians, there was yet another mishap along that busy stretch of highway late Saturday afternoon. A man was hurt when he was stuck by a car while crossing Niagara Falls Boulevard near Ridge Lea Road.

Two political operatives in Erie County have pleaded guilty to election law crimes.

The National Weather Service is posting a winter weather advisory for much of Western New York Wednesday.

There was a change in command over the weekend at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will be in the national spotlight  Sunday night when the CBS news program "60 Minutes" airs a segment on the response to the clergy abuse scandal here.

The Amherst Little Free Pantry is now open at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Main Street in Amherst. The pantry -- located on the church's front portico -- is available 24 hours a day to those in need.

A surveillance video shows a man who was fatally wounded by a Buffalo police officer early Wednesday appeared to be running away moments before he was shot.

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The town of Amherst is celebrating its bicentennial this year. Many view Amherst as a generic suburb, filled with big box stores, office parks and jammed four-lane roadways. But in this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says that characterization is unfair. She says Amherst has a storied history, dating back to the earliest days of our region.


The start of a new school year has schools superintendents across the region paying extra attention to security procedures.

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The wildfires burning in the western United States and Canada are having an impact on our area. The National Weather Service reports smoke from the fires is being propelled east by the jet stream.

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Rep. Chris Collins is suspending his re-election campaign in the wake of his indictment in an alleged insider trading scheme -- a move that throws the 27th District race into further turmoil.

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The 35th annual Taste of Buffalo continued Sunday. The weather has been just about perfect for the people sampling the offerings of 53 participating restaurants.

Caholic Diocese of Buffalo

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has a new Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Michael LaFever will succeed Sister Carol Cimino, who is retiring. He will assume the leadership post on June 29.

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Perhaps you've heard about the crowd-pleasing video introductions at Vegas Golden Knights playoff games in recent weeks. The videos feature Buffalo-based voiceover artist Eileen Dugan. She's also a local actress. Dugan introduces armored knights, who on the videos, vanquish their opponents. She joined WBFO's Mark Scott for a live interview Thursday afternoon on "All Things Considered."

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The owner of a prominent Buffalo towing company will spend one year in jail for his role in a pay-to-play scheme.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao says she is open to changing pilot training regulations that would roll back the 1500 rule enacted after the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence nine years ago.

If you walked by the Westminster Presbyterian Church on Delaware Avenue Saturday, you heard the beautiful voices of the church's various choirs during an event called the Hymn-a-thon.

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The Botanical Garden's stinky flower is starting to bloom. Morty, the so-called corpse flower, last bloomed four years ago. It usually does so once every 6-10 years.

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A man accused of shooting the owner of a Clarence restaurant two years ago and other crimes pleaded guilty to a variety of charges Tuesday.

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