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!).

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Niagara County Sheriff's Office

Law enforcement officials in Niagara County have announced the arrest of two men in connection with a shooting in Lewiston Sunday.

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A former cook at Cole's restaurant on Elmwood Avenue has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of third degree assault in Buffalo City Court for stabbing the restaurant's owner.

International Joint Commission

An annual rite of spring has begun. The International Joint Commission has announced that preparations are underway for the removal of the Lake Erie ice boom.

Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres are restructuring their ticket policy for next season. Th restrucuring will include increasing prices by an average of 2.5%.

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Thursday voted to submit an application for a state grant to pay for needed repairs and upgrades at the Marine Drive Apartments.

The U.S. Marshals Service has announced the arrest of a convicted felon who escaped from a halfway house in Rochester.

Erie County Water Authority

Former Amherst Town Attorney E. Thomas Jones has resigned his post as one of three commissioners of the Erie County Water Authority.

U.S. Attorney's Office

A U.S. District Court jury has found a Buffalo gang member guilty of two murders near the Towne Gardens Apartments on Buffalo's East Side.

A Forestville woman has pleaded guilty to stealing from the accounts of her elderly customers while working as a local bank teller.

U.S Fish and Wildlife Service

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that results in the discovery of the person who shot and killed a bald eagle in Cattaraugus County late last November.

A traffic stop sparked a raid on a Madison Street home in Buffalo that resulted in the seizure of nearly 1.5 kilos of cocaine, drug paraphernalia, six loaded handguns, ammunition, an unknown amount of counterfeit bills and more than $40,000 in U.S. currency.

Town of Tonawanda Police have released a timeline of the events that led to a six-vehicle crash Friday night at Military Road and Sheridan Drive that killed two people.

The woman wanted by Niagara Falls police for abandoning her 10-month-old son at the Seneca Niagara Casino hotel last month has been arrested.

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A new romantic comedy from Universal Pictures is scheduled to begin filming in the Buffalo area in April.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he will be at the company's "Gigafactory 2" facility on South Park Avenue in Buffalo in April.

A Buffalo man who admitted to killing a dog while working as an animal daycare attendant in August is in trouble again.

A Buffalo woman has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing her boyfriend, as jury selection for her trial was about to begin.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Department has identified the man struck and killed by a vehicle in the Town of Lockport Tuesday evening.

NYS Police

A Hamburg native has been appointed commander of the State Police Troop A operations for the eight counties of Western New York and more than 400 sworn and civilian personnel.

Buffalo State College

Buffalo State College has released results of an independent investigation into the conduct of the women's head soccer coach.

A former Buffalo teacher was arraigned Tuesday on a three-count federal grand jury indictment, including two counts of producing child pornography and one count of possession of child porn.

Buffalo Police

Buffalo Police are investigating a series of home invasions and burglaries in the city's Black Rock area.

Wanakah Grill

A Lake View restaurant owner has been sentenced in Erie County Court for failing to pay New York state sales taxes.

Cheektowaga Police

Two local police departments have new top cops leading the force.

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A tenth individual in New York State has been identified for testing for the novel coronavirus, while two confirmed cases in Ontario have canceled celebrations for the Chinese New Year.

A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to second degree assault in connection with a hit-and-run accident that injured another driver nearly three years ago.

In Manhattan Friday afternoon, U.S District Court Judge Vernon S. Broderick sentenced Stephen Zarsky to four years of probation with four months of home confinement and 250 hours of community service for his part in the insider trading scheme that brought down Western New York Republican congressman Chris Collins.

Cameron Collins, the son of former Western New York congressman Chris Collins, was sentenced Thursday to five years probation in federal court in Manhattan, including six months home confinement.

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