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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Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres have gone outside of the box in the selection of their new head coach, hiring Ralph Krueger as the 19th head coach in franchise history.

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Advocates for people with mental health challenges say a local campaign has made great strides in helping to end the stigma associated with those struggles.

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Human remains have been found at the scene of a fire that tore through a building on Elmwood Avenue early Wednesday morning.

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One person remains unaccounted for following an overnight fire on Elmwood Avenue.

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The highly-anticipated opening of a new children's museum at Buffalo's Canalside is only weeks away.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is coming to Buffalo.

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The University at Buffalo student who was hospitalized following a suspected fraternity hazing incident last week has died.

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Erie County's former social services commissioner was sentenced to five years in state prison Friday for raping a female subordinate at an Albany hotel in December 2017.

A University at Buffalo student was rushed to the hospital early Friday following a potential hazing incident that occurred at a fraternity house.

On the season finale of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the firing of Phil Housley and what it means for an organization undergoing yet another coaching change. Who are the most likely candidate to replace him and does the failure mean for general manager Jason Botterill? What went wrong in a season that showed promise early on? What went right? And what are the team's biggest needs this offseason?


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The former chief of the Kenmore Police Department was sentenced to one year probation Wednesday for stealing prescription painkillers from a drug drop box.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about a good effort this week against Nashville, which followed two ugly games last weekend that had many wondering if the team has quit on coach Phil Housley. Forward Jeff Skinner could reach the 40-goal mark in the final two games, but given the Sabres' dreadful second half, is the pending free agent's presumed (by many) re-signing with the team in jeopardy? And Bill recently caught up with former Sabres goalie Daren Puppa, who recently put on the pads again for the first time in a long time.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the latest embarrassment in the team's dreadful run toward the end of the season. Tuesday's defeat to the Ottawa Senators was Buffalo's 13th straight road loss and their 11th loss in their last 12 games. Will, and should, head coach Phil Housley be given another season behind the Sabres' bench?


On this week's edition WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's poor showing against the Toronto Maple Leafs and how far ahead the cross-border rivals are after both teams underwent rebuilds in recent years. Also, with former Sabre Ryan O'Reilly returning to Buffalo last weekend, how does the trade that shipped him to St. Louis look now? And Sabres prospect Alexander Nylander is showing signs why he was a first-round pick in 2016.


The Buffalo Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo is mourning the death of a giraffe who was born at the zoo more than two decades ago and lived there her entire life.

A Hamburg grocery store will open a major supermarket in downtown Buffalo. Braymiller Market has been chosen to operate a new retail store and wholesale operation at 201 Ellicott Street, near the Central Library.

Buffalo Beauts

The Buffalo Beauts fell just short in their attempt to win the National Women's Hockey League's Isobel Cup Sunday in St. Paul, MN. It was the fourth consecutive year the Beauts plated for the championship, which they won in 2017. WBFO's Omar Fetouh caught up with the team's head coach and general manager, Cody McCormick to discuss the season.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's continued collapse, now having lost 11 of their last 13 games, as well as Jeff Skinner's goal-scoring drought, the illegal hit that led to Jack Eichel's two-game suspension, and the prospects for 2016 first-round draft pick Alexander Nylander, who is back up with the big club.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's tendency to give up goals in bunches, often sinking otherwise-strong efforts. Many fans are calling for the ouster of head coach Phil Housley, but would firing another coach after two years be wise move? And what do defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen's horrid plus/minus numbers tell us about a player who frustrates fans and has grown frustrated himself?


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Former Erie County Social Services commissioner Al Dirschberger has been convicted of raping a female subordinate by an Albany jury.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's latest setbacks, losses to Toronto and Philadelphia, which have left them even further outside of a playoff position. Also a look at the two trades GM Jason Botterill made prior to Monday's deadline and how the addition of defenseman Brandon Montour is a move for both the present and the future.


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Pegula Sports & Entertainment has announced the departures of three executives, the latest in a string of high-profile exits from the company.

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The union representing Major League Baseball players has come out in support of workers at the New Era Cap Company plant in Derby, which is slated for closure next month.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about a team in turmoil, which has lost three straight games and is falling out of the playoff race. Head coach Phil Housley called his team "soft" last week, but many fans blame him for the current state of affairs. How much fault falls on the shoulders of Housley and GM Jason Botterill, who has been inactive when it comes to improving the roster? How should Botterill approach the upcoming trade deadline? And what now for Kyle Okposo, who has suffered his third concussion in two years?


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's improved defense over their last three games, the strong play of the "fourth" line, and how the Sabres, who are in the thick of the playoff race, are rejecting the concept of "moral victories."


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The Erie County Water Authority is again in the market for an executive director after H. John Mye III quit his new post, citing "unforeseen personal matters."

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about head coach Phil Housley's recent line-shuffling, the team's continued defensive woes, and whether it's finally time for Linus Ullmark to take over the role of number one goaltender.


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Larry Bierl, the homeless man whose body was discovered in an NFTA Metro Bus shelter in Williamsville Thursday, died of hypothermia. His cause of death was determined following an autopsy by the Erie County Medical Examiner. Meanwhile, a fundraiser has been established to honor the memory of Bierl by supporting a not-for-profit agency which assists homeless people.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's return to action this week, splitting games in Columbus and Dallas. Could rookie forward Casey Mittelstadt be on the verge of a breakout? Also, the Sabres begin a rare seven-game homestand Friday night when they host the Chicago Blackhawks. Success over the two-week stretch is critical for the team's playoff aspirations.


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A crash involving 21 vehicles on the New York State Thruway led to the closure of all eastbound lanes Wednesday afternoon.

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