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 winners of the 2018 Buffalo Marathon were from the region. Tim Chichester of Hornell was the top men's finisher with a time of 2:18:06. Laura Anderson of Rochester was the first woman to cross the finish line at 2:57:06.

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New York's Working Families Party has formally endorsed actress Cynthia Nixon as its gubernatorial candidate. The small, progressive party held its annual convention on Saturday in Harlem.

More and more Buffalo area restaurants are offering brunches, which is especially important with Mothers Day coming up this Sunday. The May issue of Buffalo Spree  introduces us to some special dining venues for brunch. In this month's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata was asked about her "Letter from the Editor" where she writes about why there is so much food coverage in the magazine.

Buffalo NAACP

A leading civil rights leader in Buffalo has died. Frank Mesiah, the longtime president of the Buffalo chapter of the NAACP, died Friday night at Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 89.

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Buffalo remained in the grip of a mid-spring ice storm Sunday morning.

A potential power shift in the State Senate could have consequences in upstate New York.

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Customers of National Grid will see their electricity rates going up, effective Sunday.

Everyone likes a great deal. And there's nothing better than something that's free. The April issue of Buffalo Spree introduces readers to a variety of local services that are offered at no cost. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says some free services are new. Others like the library have been around a while.


Fourth Idea

A neon public art display commemorating Buffalo born pop-icon Rick James will not be going up on an Elmwood Avenue parking garage.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is warning taxpayers in New York to beware of various tax scams. With the deadline for filing your 2017 returns now less than a month away, he says such scams become more frequent.

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Fire late Friday night destroyed a barn at the Smith Maple Farm on Mayer Road in the Town of Boston.

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The man who revealed last week that he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest in the early 1980s is critical of an independent reconciliation and compensation program the Buffalo diocese is creating.

Democratic Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he invited Republican Congressman Chris Collins to participate in a Town Hall-style conversation to address ways of reducing mass shootings. But Collins is saying no.

A Cheektowaga Town Councilman was arrested Friday evening on charges related to an alleged domestic incident.

It's called the "Death Cafe" -- a venue where interested people can talk openly about death. A Buffalo "Death Cafe" was scheduled Saturday (2pm) at the Sewing Souls Studios on South Elmwood Avenue.

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Excellent meals at reasonable prices are available across Western New York. The February issue of Buffalo Spree introduces us to 30 local restaurants offering "cheap eats," plus we find out just how difficult it is to make good sponge candy. On this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata said people can enjoy international cuisine without breaking the bank.


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It's Kid Fest weekend at the WNED studios downtown. Day two hours are noon to 4:00pm.

Salamanca city schools will be closed Monday because of student and staff illness.

Photo courtesy of Governor Andrew Cuomo's press office

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he's "ashamed" that this country failed to help Puerto Rico recover faster from last year's hurricane.

Photo courtesy of the Chautauqua Daily

The 111-year-old Massey Memorial Organ at the Chautauqua Institution amphitheater has been damaged by water from melting snow.

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US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on the US Justice Department to investigate the US Olympic Committee in the wake of an abuse scandal involving a doctor and the gymnastics team.

A bill that would close a loophole in the state's child abuse reporting law has passed a State Senate Committee.

The return of milder temperatures and a threat of rain could create more ice jam flooding in the coming days.

The National Weather Service has posted a flood watch for people who live near creeks and streams in Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening.

Meteorologists say Buffalo, Cayuga, Cazenovia and Cattaraugus Creeks are typically most prone to ice jams.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office says one of its canines died suddenly Friday.

Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Buffalo

Habitat for Humanity Buffalo dedicated its 300th home Saturday.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says President Trump's use of an expletive to describe some poor nations across the world was ugly, disgusting and repulsive.

With the return of frigid temperatures to Western New York, the threat of flooding resulting from last week's brief thaw has eased. The remaining trouble spot is the Allegany River in Olean.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

For the first time in more than a week, Western New York is free of any severe weather warnings and advisories. A wind chill warning that had covered the region since Thursday expired Sunday morning.

The new year is a time when many people focus on their health and wellness. The January issue of Buffalo Spree explores a half-dozen wellness strategies -- some of them new and controversial. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says the use of medical cannabis is one strategy more and more people are looking at.


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Despite forecasts of bitter cold, Buffalo's New Year's Eve ball drop will go on as scheduled Sunday in Roosevelt Square downtown.