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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A Cheektowaga man who has been missing since the August murder of his wife has been taken into custody in Mexico.

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The two singing Buffalo Police officers who have received national attention will be the inspiration for a television sitcom.

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An enthusiastic sold-out audience turned out Saturday night for the first ever Jazzworks Live! concert at the WNED | WBFO studios in downtown Buffalo.

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Borderland is returning for its second year at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora the weekend of September 21 and 22. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata says the music and art festival has quickly become popular.


Industrial pollution once plagued the Great Lakes. But over the past 35 years, both the United States and Canada have collaborated to clean up and restore the lakes and their shorelines.

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Democrat Nate McMurray made it official Saturday morning -- he's running for Congress in the 27th district next year.

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The Erie County Fair begins Wednesday. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata says her favorite part of attending the fair is stopping by the livestock barns to see the animals.


Authorities say four teenagers were killed and another was injured in a crash Saturday morning in Allegany County.

A New York City woman who has a passion for grammar is in Buffalo Sunday. Ellen Jovin has set up her "Grammar Table" along one of the routes for the Buffalo Garden Walk.

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Relief from the oppressive heat and humidity is on its way.

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Fifteen children from New York City are spending this week in the Buffalo area, courtesy of the Fresh Air Fund. The program gives urban kids a chance to experience life away from the big city.


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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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