Mark Wozniak

All Things Considered Host

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.

He started as a volunteer board operator for Bob Chapman and the late Bud Ralabate on the program When Rock Was Young. In the fall of 1979, he applied for a job posting for a control board operator for NPR's new morning news program, and on November 5th, 1979 he was on the WBFO payroll for the debut of NPR's Morning Edition.
 
In 1980, Mark left Morning Edition to host WBFO's lunchtime news program at the time, Midday. He also became involved with audio production work, and other various aspects of station operations, including many of the station's growing computer functions. Mark emceed several call-in trivia game shows on WBFO in the early 1980s, and enjoyed being a volunteer co-host of A Polka Sunday With Friends with the late Stan Sluberski on WBFO from 1981 to 1986. From 1986 to 1997, Mark moonlighted as assistant to the late longtime Buffalo broadcasting pioneer Stan "Stash" Jasinski on his weekend polka and Polish-American radio shows on WHTT-AM in Buffalo. Mark returned to Morning Edition as a local correspondent for a while in the late 1980s, but heavier workloads in the data processing area of his job led to a reduction of on-air duties. In late 1992, Mark returned as WBFO's host of Morning Edition, after then-News Director Toni Randolph left WBFO. Mark is pleased to have Howard Riedel as his fill-in host and pitching partner during the WBFO Fundraisers. In September 2009, Mark was transferred from hosting Morning Edition, weekdays from 5-10AM, to All Things Considered, from 4-7PM.

Mark, a 1971 graduate of Buffalo's (sadly now-defunct) Calasanctius Preparatory School, started his radio career while attending Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken New Jersey, on the school's carrier current AM station WCPR (the Sporty 740 and the Nifty 750!). Like WBFO, WCPR celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2009. His interest in radio came from growing up with "one of America's two great radio stations," the old personality and Top 40 oriented WKBW-AM in Buffalo during the 1960s and 1970s. There were other influences, including the other great Buffalo stations of the time (WYSL, WNIA, WGR, WBEN, etc.) and the famous MusicRadio WABC in New York.

For 17 years, Mark's day would start when the alarm rang at 3:21AM (or, 7, 14, or 21 minutes later, depending on how many times he hit the snooze button). The best part about moving to the afternoon shift is losing the chronic sleep deprivation, and a less hectic routine.

Mark's family includes wife Karen and daughter Carrie, who is now a senior in high school. His son Alex passed away June 27, 2004 following a nearly eight year battle against leukemia and its complications. A web site was set up after he relapsed for a second time in late 2003, to document his treatments. It continues now as a memorial site.

Mark combines his interests in computing and Buffalo history by maintaining a "This Day in History" database of Buffalo and Western New York historical events. It began by computerizing Mark Scott's 1982 WBFO News of the Year book. Trips to the library for other primarily (but not exclusively) Buffalo history and trivia tidbits have expanded that database into over 30 thousand entries (one of these days, he hopes to make it available on the Web). He is also a genealogy buff, tracing his wife's lineage back to pioneer Buffalo settler George Coit, and to the Mayflower (through two lines!). He's also trying to find out more about his own ancestors from Poland.

Mark's other interests include family activities, naps, Beatles music, naps, polka music, naps, home improvements and naps (although since moving to the afternoon shift, the naps are less frequent!).

Ways to Connect

Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church

The Diocese of Buffalo, its Review Board and Bishop Richard Malone have determined the immediate fates of three priests accused of sexual abuse.

Tops Markets

Tops Markets has announced plans to close its store at 1770 Broadway, near Bailey Avenue, in Buffalo.

Champions for Meals

Mar 18, 2019

Recently, Meals on Wheels of Western New York merged with the Food Bank of Western New York to create the new organization FeedMore Western New York. Catherine Shick, Communications Director of FeedMore Western New York, tells us what this week's special event called "Champions for Meals" is all about.

 

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The Community Action Organization of Western New York has announced it will be streaming the audio of its bi-monthly full board meetings, effective May 6.

Buffalo Police Department

Buffalo mayor Byron Brown and Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood have announced that applications are now being accepted for the next Police Entry Exam. The deadline to register for the June 29th 2019 exam is May 22nd. The theme of the new recruitment campaign is "Answer the Call," aimed at a new generation of police officers and potential leaders. Applicants must be between the ages of 19 and 34 on the exam date of June 29th, must reside in the city of Buffalo for at least 90 days prior to the final filing date, and must have a high school diploma, GED or Equivalency Diploma.

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The world of professional wrestling has lost a local veteran and ambassador for the sport. Dick "The Destroyer" Beyer died at his home in Akron.

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. WBFO's Mark Wozniak spoke with Rev. Msgr. J. Patrick Keleher, the Director and Campus Minister for the Newman Center at the University at Buffalo. Father Pat shared his thoughs about Ash Wednesday, the Lenten season, and he began by reflecting on the priest abuse scandal in the Catholic Church as people gathered for a noon service where ashes were distributed.

Jamestown Police

A Jamestown man convicted of hanging a dog in a tree to cause its death was sentenced to a year in jail Monday in Chautauqua County Court.

A Jamestown man was sentenced to 21 years in prison Monday for setting a woman on fire.

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Erie County District Attorney John Flynn has been chosen to be part of a national task force to reduce jail inmate recidivism through continuity of health care services.

foodbankwny.org

The Food Bank of Western New York, Meals on Wheels for Western New York and the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York have joined forces to form a joint organization called FeedMore WNY. WBFO's Mark Wozniak spoke with FeedMore president and CEO Tara Ellis about the unification.


A Buffalo Police officer has had three police brutality counts against him decided by a federal court jury, but those verdicts are not being released at this time until a final charge is decided.

Chevrolet

General Motors has issued a statement indicating its positive economic impact across upstate New York.

File Photo / Chris Caya / WBFO News

Separate incidents involving two members of the Town of Tonawanda police SWAT team have led to the indefinite suspension of that team by town police officials.

Notre Dame Academy

A Cheektowaga man has been sentenced for embezzling nearly $50,000 from two area Catholic schools.

A Lackawanna man has been sentenced for a a violent attack in 2017 on his then-pregnant wife.

Ellen Abbott / WRVO News File Photo

Buffalo firefighters are hoping you stay safe in this cold weather, not just outside but inside. This can be the season for residential fires, as people struggle to keep themselves, their families and their homes warm in this week of bitter cold.

Gold Wynn USA

Hundreds of apartment holders in the region have a new landlord today.

New York State Office of Children and Family Services

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and on Wednesday afternoon, Erie County officials met with community organizations and law enforcement working to end human trafficking and identify victims.

Two people were found dead Tuesday around 6:30 p.m. in a duplex residence in West Seneca.

A 31-year-old Amherst woman is accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend.

A Cheektowaga man is being charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death his girlfriend.

Adam Hudson / Niagara County Fire Wire

Niagara County officials say the building housing Barker Village Hall and Library is a total loss, after a fire overnight.

Authorities still don't know what caused 21 law enforcement officers to become ill after participating in a raid on a Niagara Falls apartment in December. However, in a statement Thursday, they said all officers have recovered.

Buffalo Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo has sent one of its lions to the Denver Zoo, as part of breeding recommendations.

Kenmore Police Department

Former Kenmore Police Chief Peter Breitnauer entered a guilty plea in federal court Thursday to stealing painkillers from a community dropbox.

University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo has named its interim police chief as its permanent police chief.

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Urban farmers at the Massachusetts Avenue Project cut the ribbon Thursday on their new Farmhouse and Community Food Training Center. The $2.4 million facility on Buffalo's West Side will serve as a regional food hub as well as an agriculture-based education and resource center.

A former Buffalo police lieutenant was sentenced to four months in prison Wednesday after his conviction on a federal civil rights charge.

The Observer

One man is dead in what is being described as a confrontation between a Fredonia police officer and a man said to have been covered with blood and waving a knife.

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