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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Catholic Health

Catholic Health has announced it has passed a milestone in its care of coronavirus patients in Western New York.

An overnight fire in Buffalo's Parkside neighborhood sent a firefighter to Erie County Medical Center for treatment.

An Orchard Park man was sentenced Tuesday in State Supreme Court to six months in jail, followed by five years of probation, after pleading guilty in February to one count of second degree vehicular manslaughter, a felony.

A Buffalo man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison on 14 felony domestic violence counts.

Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills are giving season ticket holders the option to have their money refunded or defer any payments made toward the 2021 season.

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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has identified the man who died at the Fountain Plaza Metro Rail station Thursday night.

Canisius College

The Canisius College Faculty Senate has formally voted "no confidence" in President John Hurley and the Board of Trustees.

Buffalo Policed said an East Side traffic crash last week has claimed a life.

Cheyenne Ketter-Franklin / The Buffalo History Museum

The Buffalo History Museum has announced plans to reopen to the public on Saturday, Aug. 1.

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The Erie County Sheriff's Department has announced the pending retirement of Undersheriff Mark Wipperman.

Creative Commons

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that Canada and the United States have agreed to extend their mutual ban on non-essential travel between the two countries until Aug. 20.

New York State Public High School Athletic Association

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association's COVID-19 Task Force has issued several new procedures regarding fall high school sports.

Buffalo Police are investigating three people shot Wednesday on the city's West Side.

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The Buffalo-based New Era Cap Company is asking the Buffalo Bills to end the Orchard Park stadium naming rights contract.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn has announced that Grand Jury selection has resumed.

U.S. Border Patrol

The U.S. Border Patrol assigned to the Buffalo Station's Marine Unit answered a Coast Guard distress call at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday of two capsized kayaks in the Niagara River.

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The New York State travel advisory list that requires a 14-day quarantine for people upon arrival in New York has been expanded by four states.

Police say a running car with an eight-month-old baby in the back seat was stolen from a parking lot in Niagara Falls.

Buffalo Catholic Diocese

The Buffalo Catholic Diocese has announced plans for a wake and funeral for Bishop Emeritus Edward Kmiec.

University of Oxford

The Buffalo Field Office of the FBI has a new special agent in charge.

Nick Lippa / WBFO News

The woman facing several state and federal charges in connection with driving into a line of police at a Buffalo protest was released from federal custody Thursday.

Catholic Charities has announced that its Appeal 2020 concluded on June 30 with $8.4 million, only 84% of the drive's $10 million goal.

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A Buffalo Police lieutenant who was suspended for 30 days without pay last week after saying a vile insult to a woman recording him with her cell phone has a history of suspensions and disciplinary charges.

The body of a 52-year-old man has been recovered from an overnight fire in Niagara Falls.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

A Buffalo woman accused of driving her vehicle into three law enforcement officers has been granted a release from jail.

Facebook

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has announced another city splash pad has opened.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Two Buffalo Police officers suspended without pay and facing felony assault charges in connection with the shoving of a protester in Niagara Square last month are now back on the payroll.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law new protections for renters who have trouble paying the bills because of the coronavirus pandemic. July also marks the beginning of a new state law that prohibits discounts on the sale of all tobacco products, including coupons and multipack price promotions.

Andy Kornacki / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The Buffalo District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $6.11 million dollar contract to repair more than 1,300' of deteriorating seawall along the northern section of LaSalle Park.

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

There is good news and bad news for arts and culturals today regarding pandemic reopenings.

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