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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The Christmas Eve death of a popular Niagara Falls deli owner has been ruled a homicide.

Store closings announced by Pier 1 Imports and Valu will affect Western New York.

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Two cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, have been reported at Jamestown High School.

A former business manager for Perry Ambulance Service has pleaded guilty to petit larceny for stealing more than $5,000 from ambulance funds.

A Wyoming County man has been arrested on homicide and drug charges in connection with a suspected drug overdose death Saturday.

Seneca Nation

A historic tomahawk with ties to the first president of the United States has made its way home, permanently.

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is planning to open a satellite service location in Amherst.

Swormville Fire Department

A former captain of the Swormville Fire Department has been sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge  for embezzling from the fire company.

The death of an Amherst funeral director in November has been ruled a suicide.

Stereo Advantage

After more than 41 years in business, the Stereo Advantage retail store in Amherst has closed its doors.

A Depew man has been sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation as the result of a crash that injured another motorist.

Democrats are opening the door to changes on New York's bail reform law as the legislative session begins this week. New York's bail law, which went into effect at the beginning of the year, did away with money bail and pretrial detention for a wide majority of low-level cases and nonviolent felonies. Law enforcement officials and Republicans have spent months raising red flags on the changes, but their criticism caught more fervor in the last week as courts across the state have released people who would have remain behind bars under the old rules.

A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to a felony count of first degree assault, resulting from a high-speed crash that ensued after he was subject to a traffic stop by Buffalo police.

Erie County Executive's Office

The runner-up in November’s election for Erie County executive and the former mayor of Lackawanna have new jobs in county government.

Police in Fredonia have arrested a SUNY Fredonia student on a variety of charges after an ambulance was stolen in the early morning hours of New Year's Day.

Two Buffalo women have been arrested and charged with arson for a fire on the morning of New Year's Day.

Kaleida Health

Kaleida Health is putting the five-story tower of DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda up for sale.

A now-former executive of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America was arraigned Friday on a variety of felony and misdemeanor charges accusing him of sexual contact with two minors.

An Amherst teenager has been arraigned in Amherst Town Court on a felony count of aggravated harassment as a hate crime.

Buffalo Fire Department

Two alarms were called out to a fire that engulfed two houses on Hopkins Street near South Park Avenue on the city's south side at around 9 a.m. Monday.

NY State Thruway Authority

On Thursday, the New York State Thruway Board of Directors announced a proposal to increase tolls for non-E-Z Pass users in about a year's time. WBFO's Mark Wozniak spoke with Thruway Authority CFO Matthew Howard about the toll hikes.

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Western New York will receive $67.3 million supporting 109 projects in the ninth year of New York State Regional Economic Development Council competition awards.

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The New York State Thruway Authority's Board of Directors has approved a proposal that would raise tolls on the superhighway effective January 2021.

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Dr. Rosemary Bradley has submitted her resignation as the principal of Jamestown High School. The Jamestown Post-Journal reported that several unions voted no confidence in Bradley following a large fight at the high school in early November, which prompted a police response.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to close a loophole in New York law that prevents prosecutors from bringing rape charges in certain cases when victims become drunk voluntarily. He also has proposed prohibiting the use of styrofoam, or expanded polystyrene, single-use food containers.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn has announced that several individuals have been arrested for attempting to meet up with teens for sexual encounters.

Chatauqua County Fire Department

Last week Monday, a fire destroyed the Mayville Diner, at 7 West Chautauqua St. in Mayville, across the street from the Mayville Fire Department. On Tuesday, the owner of the restaurant was arrested for seting the fire.

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Amherst state Senator Michael Ranzenhofer has announced he will not run for reelection in 2020.

Stock up on the Kleenex. New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker has declared influenza is now prevalent across the state.

A Buffalo teen is facing life in prison for murdering one teen and injuring two others.

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