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WBTA marks 40th anniversary of Attica Prison riot with special news series

By Billie Owens

Here's a press release from The Batavian's news partner WBTA:

This week AM-1490 WBTA & will air a special presentation marking the 40th anniversary of the Attica Prison Riot.

Listeners in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties are invited to tune into the “Listen Live” stream, Sept. 6-9 for a news series called “Attica at 40: In Our Own Words.”

This series takes a retrospective look at the Attica Prison Riot through the eyes of WBTA correspondents who lived it in 1971. Produced and anchored by WBTA’s Geoff Redick, this 40th anniversary commemorative broadcast takes place as a special feature on Main & Center, beginning at approximately 9:07 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

Former WBTA personalities Rich Funke, Jim Lanigan and Frank Mangefrida recount their experiences at Attica, and in area hospitals following the tragic massacre of prisoners and hostages. The series concludes on Friday, Sept. 9 – the day the riot began – with a special appearance by former WBTA president Bill Brown, offering one of his legendary on-air editorials.

“These men had little idea on September 9th, 1971, that their lives would be forever changed in reporting this story,” said Geoff Redick, WBTA News anchor. “I urge all listeners to find time to listen on AM-1490, or at, to hear these amazing stories of an American tragedy.”

Full-length interviews with Rich, Jim, Frank and Bill will all be available later at the Local News page on

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