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 Blizzard Warning remains in effect for Erie, Wyoming and Genesee counties until 1 a.m. Thursday. A State of Emergency has been declared in Erie County and a driving ban in Buffalo and several local municipalities.  

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Lake-effect snow moved through Erie County late Tuesday and early Wednesday morning as extreme weather converged on Western New York.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about how the team's long break could help them once again find their game. How did the Sabres go from first place in the NHL to out of a playoff spot in six weeks? And could some fresh faces help the franchise end its long postseason drought?


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Wednesday's much-needed win over the Calgary Flames and where the team stands just ahead of their upcoming bye week. Also, goaltender Linus Ullmark has been outperforming Carter Hutton in recent weeks. Will Ullmark take over the starter role for the Sabres' playoff push?


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Police in Hamburg are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving a young couple.

A Chautauqua County hunter who accidentally shot and killed a woman who was walking her dogs in November of 2017 has been sentenced to one to three years in state prison.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday's 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils, which saw two Sabres rookies score their first NHL goals. Also, the pending return of star forward Jack Eichel, the return of goal-scoring dynamo Jeff Skinner to Carolina, and what to watch for in the second half of the season.


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Charges have been filed against two men accused of kidnapping a witness to prevent him from testifying in a murder trial.

The Diocese of Buffalo has substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse against two priests.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about Tuesday's home loss to the Florida Panthers, a team the Sabres have had difficulty defeating. Also, Jack Eichel has been on a tear, continuing his ascent into one of the NHL's elite players, and a look at the situation surrounding now ex-Sabre Patrik Berglund, who was waived Wednesday after failing to report to the team last weekend.


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There is a shift in the political makeup of the Erie County Legislature after longtime Republican Kevin Hardwick announced Tuesday that he will be caucusing with the Legislature's Democrats, as of Jan. 1.

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Crystal Peoples-Stokes, a Buffalo Democrat, has been named majority leader of the New York State Assembly. Speaker Carl Heastie made the announcement Monday morning.

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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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