Omar Fetouh

Online Editor/Program Host

Monday - Friday, 10 a.m.. - 2 p.m.

Omar started his radio career at the former WNED AM 970 as an intern in 2001. After hosting a weekly night shift for several years, Omar became a full-time program host in 2009. He currently hosts the midday shift, which includes the NPR programs 'On Point' and 'Here & Now.' Omar also serves as assistant news director for WBFO and is responsible for managing reporter assignments and much of the station's website and social media content. An avid public radio fan, the Buffalo native says he's proud to be a part of Western New York's best radio news team.

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A Buffalo police lieutenant has been suspended and an internal affairs investigation is underway after a viral video showed him calling a woman filming him a vulgar term during an incident Sunday in a 7-Eleven parking lot.

On a special edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday's firing of former general manager Jason Botterill and what changed from late May, when co-owner Kim Pegula endorsed his return. Using words like "leaner" and "more efficient," the Pegulas' open checkbook era appears to be over, perhaps as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Who is new GM Kevyn Adams and why was he given the job? And why was the Rochester Americans coaching staff, one of the few bright spots in the organization in recent years, also fired? 


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Saying "our fans deserve better," Buffalo Sabres owners Kim and Terry Pegula have fired Jason Botterill and named Kevyn Adams as the team's new general manager.

Shortly after Buffalo’s curfew started Thursday evening, city police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing. An unidentified, 75-year-old man was shoved by two officers wearing tactical gear. The man lost his balance and fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head. 

Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Jake Fromm apologized on social media Thursday after a text conversation in which he said only "elite white people" should own guns was made public.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has issued a citywide curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Tuesday through Sunday to help curb the possibility of violent incidents stemming from civil unrest following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. 

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Another day of protest in Buffalo started peacefully, but ended with violence. 

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the NHL's plan to resume play and how the Sabres have once again failed to make it into the postseason, even with an expanded 24-team playoff field. Also, Bill shares his thoughts on the team retaining General Manager Jason Botterill and what challenges await him in what will be an usual offseason. And what's going on with young defenseman Lawrence Pilut and his possible desire to play overseas?


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Western New York has met all of the required metrics required by the state to begin the first phase of reopening from the shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced late Monday morning.

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More than a dozen Buffalo firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the city's fire commissione and the union that represents firefighters.

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The Chautauqua County health department, on Monday afternoon, announced the county's first two confimed cases of COVID-19. 

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the NHL's decision to suspend its season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bill talks about how the situation rapidly evolved last week and what the scenarios are for a possible return at some future date. Also, how has Pegula Sports & Entertainment handled the plight of workers at KeyBank Center? And how is Bill, himself, adapting to his new reality?


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A person who attended the Buffalo Sabres game at KeyBank Center on March 5 has tested positive for COVID-19.

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Seven individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Erie County and officials are asking anyone who visited certain locations over the past two weeks to self-monitor for symptoms.

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The Buffalo school district is preparing for the possibility of an extended closure due to concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus.

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The National Hockey League is suspending the rest of its regular season, until further notice, due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's shootout win over the Washington Capitals Monday night, which snapped a six-game losing skid. It was a game that featured yet another controversial goaltender interference call that went against the Sabres. Linus Ullmark was back in net following a nearly six-week injury absence. Also, Bill talks about how the spreading coronavirus is affecting the team, the league, and his job.


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There are now 142 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in New York, more than any other state in the nation.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's collapse on a four-game western road trip, in which they lost all four games. The losses dashed any remaining hopes of ending their soon-to-be nine-year playoff drought. Star forward Jack Eichel struggled mightily out west, possibly indicating he's playing with an injury. How will the team finish over the last month of the season and what will the coming weeks mean for the future of General Manager Jason Botterill?


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Coronavirus tests on members of two Western New York families have come back negative.

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Two Buffalo families that recently traveled to Italy are being tested for coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday morning.

A Cheektowaga man has been arraigned on one count of second-degree murder in the Sunday shooting death of a woman who worked at a 7-Eleven store on French Road.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says he is "disappointed" Panasonic will be ceasing North American solar production and exiting its partnership with Tesla to produce solar panels at the company's Riverbend plant.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's recent success, which has them back within sight of a playoff spot, and this week's trade deadline. GM Jason Botterill made two deals, acquiring forward Wayne Simmonds from New Jersey for a draft pick and trading forwards Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues to Pittsburgh for Dominik Kahun. Bill breaks down each acquisition and what message was sent to the team and its fans, and why it didn't work out for Sheary, Rodrigues, or recently-departed defenseman Zach Bogosian in Buffalo.


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The Buffalo Sabres pulled off two deals prior to the NHL's trade deadline Monday afternoon.

A woman who says she was raped by late Buffalo R&B singer Rick James when she was 15 years old is suing his estate for $50 million in damages.

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A parcel along Delaware Avenue is the preferred site for a new convention center, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced Thursday.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the recent strong play of goaltender Carter Hutton, who has led the team to wins in two of their last three games; one scout's assessment of Jeff Skinner's situation and how he's still not playing with Jack Eichel; the return of old friend Ryan Miller; and which names from the past will be back in town for Thursday's night "2000s Night" at KeyBank Center.


A Buffalo dairy cooperative has agreed to pay $1.35 million dollars to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has officially called an April 28 special election for the 27th District seat vacated by former congressman Chris Collins.

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