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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Barring a miracle, the Buffalo Sabres will miss the playoffs for their ninth consecutive season. Tuesday's ugly 6-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche was their third home loss in four games. Frustrated fans have reached a breaking point and are expressing anger, or perhaps worse, apathy. With two months left in the season, where does it all go from here? How much blame should be placed on the team's owners, general manager and head coach? And is some new blood needed in the front office?


The death of a Buffalo infant last September has been ruled a homicide.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about an "embarrassing" loss to the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night, the first game of a make-or-break homestand for the team. If the loss wasn't bad enough, starting goalie Linus Ullmark will miss the next three to four weeks with a lower-body injury. Can Carter Hutton step up in his place and when might we see a start from Rochester Americans call-up Jonas Johansson? General Manager Jason Botterill is still looking for help at forward, but is it too late? And what impact did NBA legend Kobe Bryant have on players like Jack Eichel and Kyle Okposo?


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Buffalo fire officials have ruled a fire that torched the future home of two anti-violence groups an arson.

A Buffalo man has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the discovery of a woman's body near Buffalo's Central Terminal on Saturday.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's critical upcoming schedule, which has them playing nine of their next 10 games on home ice. Curtis Lazar has been a strong contributor since coming to Buffalo from Rochester, but his road to get here has been rocky, at times. And we open up the mailbag with a question about whether two seemingly-disgruntled players will get their wishes for a trade.


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Chris Collins will serve more than two years behind bars for the insider trading case that caused his fall from congressman to convicted felon.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about his takeaways from the past week's games and what's coming up ahead of an extended break. Also, a look at Zemgus Girgensons' strong season, which now has him playing on the top line. And Bill caught up with former Sabres star Pierre Turgeon, a player many believe should be enshrined in hockey's Hall of Fame, who spoke fondly of his time in Buffalo.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's acquisition of forward Michael Frolik from the Calgary Flames and how he could help make up for the losses of scorers Victor Olofsson and Jeff Skinner, who are both sidelined with injuries. Also, prospect defenseman Lawrence Pilut has been called up from the Rochester Americans. With the recent trade of Marco Scandella, could the AHL All-Star stick around in Buffalo for the long-term?


A Buffalo man has been charged with fatally beating a toddler.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office has charged two former seminarians with harassment for an alleged incident last fall outside Diocese of Buffalo offices.

Kavinoky Theatre

A Buffalo theater will use a recently awarded state grant to pay for some major upgrades.

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Jonathon White has been sentenced to the maximum 25 years in prison for the assault and attempted murder of his former girlfriend Jessica Cameron, whom he doused with gasoline and set on fire outside a City of Tonawanda Tim Horton's restaurant in December 2018.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's current slump, in which they have lost four of their last five games, and the state of the team nearing the midway point of the season. What's behind forward Jeff Skinner's lack of production? The 40-goal scored has just one goal in December. And as the 2010s near their end, a look at a decade marked by failures to make the playoffs, high coaching turnover, and the general failure of the "tank" strategy.


Photo courtesy of Catholic Charities of Buffalo

A South Buffalo deacon with a business background has been named the new head of Catholic Charities of Buffalo.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday's loss in Toronto, which saw the team start slow before making the game interesting in the third period. Jack Eichel extended his point streak to 17 games and has entered the conversation for the NHL's most valuable player. Struggling youngster Casey Mittelstadt has been demoted to the AHL's Rochester Americans, where the organization hopes he will get his game back on track. And defenseman Zach Bogosian appears to want out of Buffalo, with a report that he has asked for a trade.


New York State Office of General Services

A historic building on downtown Buffalo's Niagara Square will be sold at auction next year.

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A former brownfield site in Niagara Falls has been transformed into a manufacturing hub for a company that makes health and wellness-based products.

Bill Hoppe

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's big win over St. Louis this week and captain Jack Eichel's hot streak, which has him on pace for a 100+ point season. Linus Ullmark has taken over as the team's top netminder but forward Casey Mittelstadt's struggles continue. And Bill shares some of his memories of Memorial Auditorium ahead of Thursday's "Aud Night" game against the Nashville Predators.


Former congressman Chris Collins and two men charged with him in a federal insider trading case have agreed to settlements with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Nearly half of New Yorkers surveyed in a new poll said they plan on spending more than $500 this holiday shopping season and more than 20% will spend $1,000, according to a new Siena College Research Institute poll.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's better play as of late, including a 7-1 drubbing of the New Jersey Devils on Monday. Head coach Ralph Krueger says he likes how the unconventional 11 forward/7 defenseman lineup has worked for the team. Goal-scorer Jeff Skinner continues to find success no matter whom he's paired with. And Linus Ullmark has been the team's best option in goal. Will he emerge as the Sabres' #1 netminder over the course of the season?


A food worker at a Taco Bell restaurant in Niagara Falls has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

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.

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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.

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