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

A Lancaster woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to two felony counts of second degree grand larceny, in connection with the theft of over $223,000 from her employer.

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The Erie County District Attorney's Office has announced the arraignment of a 25-year-old Buffalo woman in connection with a bicyclist hit during a protest at Niagara Square.

New York State

New York State will provide more than $328 million to help low- and middle-income residents with their home heating costs this winter.

New York State Police

The Orleans County Sheriff Office activated the New York State AMBER Alert Wednesday, as it investigates a suspected child abduction.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo provided a COVID-19 status update Wednesday, saying the highest infection rate in the state is here in the Western New York Region.

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The Buffalo man who was shot by a Buffalo Police officer after allegedly hitting another officer with a baseball bat last month is being held at the Erie County Holding Center pending $15,000 bail and mental health tests.

Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for information regarding two area homicides.

Buffalo Police Department

A Buffalo man has been sentenced to  1 1/2-3 years in prison, after running over and dragging a Buffalo Police officer who was trying to ticket him.

WBFO Photo

An emergency alert that was sent from the Town of Tonawanda to cell phones across the region on Sept. 11 has led to the firing of the person deemed responsible for it.

The Groove Lounge

Buffalo Police have closed a city bar after a weekend shooting incident.

The Buffalo Sewer Authority has released the name of the victim who apparently drowned after falling into a deep well at its Bird Island treatment facility Thursday.

Jamestown Police have announced the identity of the suspect accused of striking a two-year-old child with his vehicle then driving away.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a conference call with the media Thursday to provide an update on COVID-19 infection trends in New York State. Cuomo noted that the state's focus over the past two weeks has mainly shifted to microclusters of positive results, with many reported downstate in Brooklyn and Queens and in some New York City suburban counties. There have also been increases in the Southern Tier, due to people crossing into and out of Pennsylvania, where COVID rates have been rising. Listen to the entire interview.

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a preliminary report on the Genesee County plane crash  that killed Buffalo attorney Stephen Barnes and his niece, Elizabeth Barnes.

A North Tonawanda man who admitted to sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison, followed by 15 years of post-release supervision.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office has announced the indictment of several teens for their roles in robberies in Buffalo, Amherst and the Town of Tonawanda.

Lockport Police have announced the arrest of two teenage males in connection with the early Saturday morning shooting at a Halloween party that left one person dead and five others wounded.

University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo Bulls will play their first two football games on national television, pending final approval from the New York State Department of Health.

An Erie County Sheriff's Jail deputy has been arrested on drug-related charges following a three-week investigation by the Sheriff's Office.

Chautauqua County Department of Health

Chautauqua County is reporting 34 new COVID-19 cases from over the weekend. That brings the county's current active case total to 133.

New York State Thruway Authority

The New York State Thruway Authority holds two more public hearings Wednesday and Thursday on its transitioning to cashless tolling in 2021.

The Poloncarz administration has announced a new grant program called Erie County Back to Business, funded with $20 million from the federal CARES Act.

Erie County Sheriff

A month-long investigation into dogfighting and drug dealing by the Erie County Sheriff's Office has resulted in the arrest of Douglas Williams, 43, of Buffalo.

New York State is facing a 14.5 billion budget deficit due to the coronavirus pandemic. That has led Gov. Andrew Cuomo to enact state budget cuts, including a 10% cut to New York's Unified Court System.

Local volunteer and combination fire departments are being encouraged to apply for a second round of federal fire grants included in the CARES Act, approved in March.

A Long Island man was sentenced in Erie County Court Tuesday to an indeterminate sentence of 1-3 years in prison in the death of a Buffalo woman.

File Photo / WBFO News

The Peace Bridge Authority said it will be offering substantial discounts for E-ZPass users, in the wake of a toll increase announced Friday.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Cariol Horne, the namesake of a pending Buffalo law, filed a lawsuit Thursday in State Supreme Court against the City of Buffalo and the city's police department.

Horne maintains she intervened in November 2006, when she pulled fellow officer Greg Kwiatkowski off of a suspect being violently arrested during a domestic dispute. Horne was fired two years after the incident, a year short of serving the necessary 20 years to qualify for a full police pension.

LinkedIn

An alderwoman in the City of Lockport is resigning.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is weighing in on the possibility of fans attending Buffalo Bills games in person this season.

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