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 Frontier Transportation Authority

Another set of furloughs due to the COVID-19 pandemic has become permanent.

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Fans still will not be allowed to attend Buffalo Bills home games this season, despite hopes that some might be allowed at the next home game Thursday night.

State Supreme Court Justice Frank Sedita on Thursday denied the Buffalo Teachers Federation request for an injunction against the Buffalo Public Schools related to it reopenig plan.

A Jamestown man suffered serious but non-life-threatening leg injuries when he was struck by a car while crossing an intersection around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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Buffalo Common Councilmember Joel Feroleto has tested positive for COVID-19.

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It appears the U.S.-Canada border closure to non-essential travelers will be extended again.

National Teachers Hall of Fame

Local teachers are getting high marks from the National Teachers Hall of Fame. The Emporia, KS-based non-profit has announced its five inductees for the Class of 2020 and two of them are from Western New York.

Nittec Traffic Operations

Eastbound traffic on the Youngmann Memorial Highway (I-290) was tied up for most of the morning Tuesday morning, after a serious crash at the Colvin Boulevard interchange in the Town of Tonawanda.

Two Buffalo women were sentenced in State Supreme Court Thursday for throwing Molotov cocktails into a West Side Buffalo home on New Year's Day.

Buffalo Bills

The Erie County Sheriff's Office has issued a warning that arrests will be made Sunday of people who trespass at Buffalo Bills' Stadium.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James has announced legal action against several Buffalo-based debt collection operations and their owners and managers. They are accused of using illegal methods to collect debts.

Erie County District Attorney's Office

A Niagara Falls man has pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend.

CBP Great Lakes

There has been yet another seizure of a large quantity of marijuana at the U.S.-Canada border.

Buffalo Police

Six suspects have been charged in a 24-count federal grand jury indictment in what authorities say is the drug-related deaths of three people in Buffalo last fall.

WNY Catholic

Western New York Catholic newspaper has announced it is discontinuing its printed edition.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU patients have dropped to new lows statewide.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

A six-year-old California girl who has been missing for more than a year has been located in Buffalo.

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COVID-19 infection rates have reached 2% in the five Western New York coronavirus counties. "That's not good news," according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and it has prompted "a caution flag" for the region.

In response, the governor said the state is sending a state Health Department SWAT team to the region to establish eight new testing sites with 50 machines that will provide quick results.

A former Boy Scout leader from Hamburg has been indicted on one felony and five misdemeanor counts in connection with allegations of sexual conduct with two juveniles.

A Buffalo woman has pleaded guilty in for assaulting a federal officer with her spit.

A City of Tonawanda man has been virtually arraigned in Erie County Court for killing one man and injuring two police officers.

A Buffalo man has been indicted in the stabbing death of a woman in the Town of Tonawanda in March.

Eight people have been rounded up in an early Wednesday morning drug raid. The U.S. Attorney's Office said the eight are part of a drug ring that stretched from Buffalo to Mexico.

A Buffalo man was virtually arraigned Tuesday in connection with the death of his girlfriend's infant son.

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For a third time, attorneys for former Western New York Rep. Chris Collins are requesting a delay in the date he is supposed to report to federal prison after his conviction on insider trading charges.

A police chase from Niagara Falls to Buffalo Monday ended with two Pennsylvania men being taken into custody.

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Buffalo Teachers Federation President Philip Rumore is calling for the removal of the city school administrators in charge of the district's "reopening committee."

A former Erie County Sheriff's Deputy was sentenced Wednesday to 12 months in prison for violating a protective order.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office said two Buffalo women have now pleaded guilty to felony charges of arson in connection with a Molotov cocktail incident New Year's Day at a multi-family home in Buffalo.

Erie County Sheriff's Office / Twitter

The Erie County Sheriff's Office announced the body of a man has been recovered from the east branch of the Niagara River.

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