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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On this week's edition of Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter talks about the team's continued inconsistent play, which has resulted in just two wins in their last 12 games. The Sabres' poor special teams play is one reason for their struggles and the concussion suffered this week by defenseman Rasmus Dahlin is more bad news for a team on the ropes.


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A three-year, $1 million federal grant has been awarded to the Buffalo nonprofit Mission: Ignite to promote the development of STEM skills among young people.

Cuba Police Department Facebook page

An Allegany County teenager has been charged with two counts of murder and two counts of manslaughter in connection with a fatal fire Thursday morning in the Town of Clarksville.

Cuba Police Department Facebook page

Authorities have located a 17-year-old from the Allegany County town of Clarksville who was wanted for questioning in a fatal fire investigation.

On this week's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's losing stretch, in which they have dropped eight of their last nine games, which is reminding many of last season. Will GM Jason Botterill make a move to help the Sabres' injury-depleted group of forwards? When will defenseman Rasmus Dahlin turn around his defensive woes? And well wishes for Kyle Okposo, who suffered his third concussion in four years this week.


The Western New York Land Conservancy

A new name has been given to a proposed nature trail and greenway along Buffalo's DL&W rail corridor.

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Bishop Richard Malone, who returned to Buffalo Sunday night after a week-long visit to Rome, said Pope Francis, whom he met with last Friday, is well aware of the situation in his diocese as it continues to grapple with the fallout from decades of clergy sexual abuse.

The Buffalo Sabres are sliding down the standings, having lost five straight games. On this week's Behind The Bench, reporter Bill Hoppe talks about how the balanced scoring that led to early-season success has evaporated. The Sabres now enter a busy part of the schedule that could be critical to their playoff hopes. The team has called up Curtis Lazar to take the place of the injured Vladimir Sobotka and defenseman Zach Bogosian is back at practice after a lengthy recovery from surgery.

Report: Bishop Malone's resignation "imminent"

Nov 13, 2019
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A correspondent for London-based weekly Catholic news publication The Tablet, citing "reliable sources," suggests Bishop Richard Malone's resignation is "imminent," in advance of a Friday meeting between Pope Francis and the bishops of dioceses of New York State.

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A judge has dismissed Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns' lawsuit against New York's Green Light law.

The Buffalo Sabres are in Stockholm, Sweden for two games against the Tampa Bay Lightning as part of the NHL's Global Series. On this week's Behind The Bench, Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about how the trip could be a significant bonding experience for a team that has six Swedish players on its roster.


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Buffalo's Common Council remains an all-Democratic body following Tuesday's election, with two newcomers winning the seats vacated by a pair of longtime council members.

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Democrats kept control of the Erie County Legislature in Tuesday's election, maintaining a 7-4 majority in the chamber.

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Democrat Robert Restaino will be the next mayor of Niagara Falls, easily defeating three other candidates in Tuesday's election.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz won re-election Tuesday, defeating challenger Lynne Dixon to win his third term in office.


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Soul food is back on the menu at Buffalo's Northland Training Center.

A fallen tree from a strong wind storm in Buffalo.
Chris Caya / WBFO News

Powerful winds gusting in excess of 65 mph swept through the region Thursday night and Friday morning knocking out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe takes stock of the team's successful first month, 13 games in which they have far exceeded expectations under new head coach Ralph Krueger. Is this a team fans can believe in and will those fans start to fill KeyBank Center if that success continues? Is their condensed schedule, ahead of next week's trip to Sweden, catching up to them? And what did former coach Phil Housley, who was back in town Monday with the Arizona Coyotes, have to say about his time in Buffalo?


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One of cinema's most acclaimed directors will be shooting scenes for his next movie in Buffalo.

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Some of Buffalo's most prominent parks and cultural institutions receive funding under Mayor Byron Brown's recommended capital budget for 2020.

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The popular Buffalo-based taco company Lloyd is apologizing for serving lunch to workers at the federal detention facility in Batavia.

On this week's Behind The Bench, reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the 8-1-1 Sabres' continued hot start to the season including their success on home ice, the improved play of forward Casey Mittelstadt and his linemates, continued strong goaltending, and the chemistry that has come from lineup stability. Also, is Jack Eichel taking his next step toward superstardom?


The Buffalo Sabres have yet to lose a game in regulation time, upping their record to 5-0-1 following Monday's 4-0 home win over the Dallas Stars. On this week's Behind The Bench, reporter Bill Hoppe talks about what's different so far this season under new head coach Ralph Krueger, the team's improved defensive play, and the comeback of forward Vladimir Sobotka.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The television public affairs network which airs congressional sessions, government hearings and other similar events commercial-free brought a bus to Buffalo Friday. C-SPAN's visit to Buffalo and Western New York was part of an ongoing tour to visit parts of the country that are deemed to have important elections or may play pivotal roles in national races.

The Buffalo Sabres are 3-0-1 in their first four games thanks, in large part, to their stellar production on the power play. Buffalo has scored eight goals with the man advantage in 15 opportunities. But reporter Bill Hoppe thinks for the team's success to continue, they need to score more often five-on-five. Also on this week's Behind The Bench, a look at the team's forward lines—which ones are clicking and which isn't?


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Buffalo's popular West Side Bazaar, an incubator for immigrant and refugee-run businesses, is moving from its current home on Grant Street to a larger space on Niagara Street.

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The Erie County Health Department has confirmed a case of hepatitis A virus in a Buffalo restaurant worker.

The Buffalo Sabres start the 2019-20 season with a road game in Pittsburgh Thursday night. The Sabres have failed to make the postseason for the last eight seasons and beat reporter and WBFO analyst Bill Hoppe doesn't think that will change this year. On the season premiere of Behind The Bench, WBFO's weekly check-in on the team, Bill talks about new head coach Ralph Krueger, some of the team's new faces, expectations for rookie forward Victor Olofsson, and the ongoing saga surrounding seemingly-disgruntled defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen.


The owner of a Hamburg restaurant has pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny.

Buffalo Police

Buffalo police are investigating whether there is any connection between human remains found in a car fire on Monday and the discovery of a toddler in the city's Black Rock neighborhood.

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