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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Former state senator Marc Panepinto was sentenced to two months in prison Friday after admitting to trying to silence a female staff member after making unwanted sexual advances toward her.

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With less than two weeks to go until Christmas, holiday shopping season is in full effect.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday's victory over the Los Angeles Kings, a win that snapped a five-game losing streak. Also, a lack of secondary scoring has become a problem for the Sabres, who continue to rely heavily on their top line. And we check in on rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, the number one overall pick, who has been making dazzling plays on a nightly basis.


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A Buffalo police officer shot and wounded a 47-year-old shoplifting suspect late Tueaday night. That suspect died Wednesday after being transported to ECMC.

After winning ten in a row, the Buffalo Sabres have gone 0-2-2 in their last four games. On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about a tough stretch of close contests against some of the NHL's top teams. Tuesday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs was a showcase for two of hockey's brightest young stars. Sam Reinhart continues to pile up points and rookie defenseman Lawrence Pilut has impressed in his first taste of NHL action.


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No charges are being filed against a Buffalo Police officer who fatally shot a man he was attempting to apprehend.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's remarkable 10(!)-game winning streak and how the first-place Sabres have reinvigorated their fan base with a series of fun and exciting games, many of them decided in extra time.


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Nearly three weeks after Election Day, Democrat Nate McMurray reluctantly conceded his race against Rep. Chris Collins in New York's 27th Congressional District. However, the concession included an angry series of blasts at the incumbent and a vow to "fight like hell" to involve the public in politics.

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Democrat Nate McMurray is still not conceding his race against incumbent Republican Rep. Chris Collins in New York's 27th District.

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Rep. Brian Higgins has reversed course and now says he will support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House.

The second phase of a major modernization project at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge is underway, part of an effort to improve efficiency at one of the busiest crossings along the U.S.-Canada border.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's six-game winning streak and buzz they have created in Western New York and across the National Hockey League. Also, a look at the continued heroics of goaltender Carter Hutton and how the team's defensemen are contributing on offense, a stark contrast from last season.


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There are encouraging numbers in the effort to reduce the number of drunk drivers on area roadways.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's three-game winning streak, the resiliency they've showed against strong competition, and the continued strong play of goaltender Carter Hutton and prolific goal scorer Jeff Skinner.


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New Era Cap Company says it is considering ending operations at its plant in Derby, effective in March. The facility employs more than 200 people.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's nine-goal explosion last weekend against the Ottawa Senators, the strong play of forward Jason Pominville and the team's top line, and what positives can be taken away from some recent losses.


An alert was called at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport late Thursday morning after a plane heading to Florida experienced difficulty.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's (mostly) impressive western road trip which featured successful lineup changes, the emergence of goal scorer Jeff Skinner and some strong play by defenseman Zach Bogosian.


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People who come to downtown Buffalo to apply to help with their heating bills are used to long lines that often stretch outdoors and cramped space once they get inside. Erie County officials hope that is now a thing of the past with Tuesday's opening of a new HEAP and Emergency Services office.

The coke ovens are empty, the gas lines purged, and shutdown operations at the Tonawanda Coke plant are now complete.

A local assemblyman says he had decided to cancel a fundraiser scheduled for next week at the Roycroft Inn that was to feature political strategist Steve Bannon.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about an up and down start to the season for the team, who have looked impressive in their three wins and dreadful in their three losses. Also, the return of oft-injured defenseman Zach Bogosian and a check-in with the Sabres' AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans.


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A trial date of Feb. 3, 2020 has beens set for the federal insider trading case involving Rep. Chris Collins.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the first three games of the 2018-19 season, which featured an ugly opening night loss to Boston followed by two impressive wins over the New York Rangers and Vegas Golden Knights. Also, a look at the team's improved depth, represented by the strong play of its fourth line. And how has rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin looked in his first NHL games?


A Buffalo man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for stabbing his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend in the torso with a butcher knife.

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Kenmore police chief Peter Breitnauer has been arrested Friday and charged with criminal possession of hydrocodone.

The Buffalo Sabres kick off the 2018-19 season with a home game against the Boston Bruins Thursday night. On the season premiere of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's revamped roster, which includes #1 overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin, top line forward Jeff Skinner and new goaltender Carter Hutton, among others. Also, Jack Eichel gets the captain's 'C' on his jersey and Bill gives his prediction on whether the Sabres, who finished in last place in the NHL last season, will make the playoffs for the first time since 2011.


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Efforts are underway to beautify five former Buffalo-area gas stations that have been closed for several years.

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The New York Attorney General's Office has opened an investigation into the death of Erie County Holding Center inmate India Cummings.

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Rookie quarterback Josh Allen will start for the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's home opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.

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