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May 8, 2014 - 3:00pm
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April 14, 2014 - 10:26am
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February 6, 2014 - 4:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, wbta.

From WBTA:

WBTA is experiencing a transmission failure and has lost the over-the-air signal.

WBTA can still be heard on the stream on the homepage at WBTAi.com or on our iPhone app which is available free at the iTunes store.

Repairs are under way and we hope to have service restored as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding.

UPDATE 6:51 p.m.: As of at least an hour ago, WBTA is back on the air. Problems fixed.

September 22, 2013 - 8:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, wbta, Sports, Batavia HS.

Batavia High School hosted its annual Athletic Hall of Fame dinner Saturday night at Terry Hills.

Pictured above are: Brett Wormley, Julie Redband Varland, Mike Rogers, Wayne Fuller, Lance Cayea, Todd Cayea, Katie Barnard (John Barnard's daughter, representing him at the dinner) and Jim Barnard.

Local broadcasting and announcing legend Wayne Fuller with his guests, Jim Owen, Dan and Debbie Fischer (owners of WBTA), Fuller, Martha Bailey and Anita Strollo (both with WBTA).

June 10, 2013 - 12:30am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, basketball, wbta, Sports, Jerry Warner.

If you happen to be in Miami for the NBA finals, and happen the Largo Bar & Grill, across the street from the American Airlines Arena, you'll hear a familiar voice -- WBTA's Jerry Warner.

Stephen Warner, manager of the Largo, streams WBTA every morning to keep up with the news from back home and listen to his father.

A graduate of Oakfield-Alabama High School, Genesee Community College and SUNY Brockport, Warner has been managing the bar and grill since it opened in 2010.

The place is popular with Miami Heat fans -- players might even stop in -- and it's been hopping with the Heat making the finals again this year, Warner said.

Western New Yorkers pass through the Largo regularly, Warner said. Notre Dame alum Paul Merrill (bottom photo) is the bar manager at the Largo.

April 18, 2013 - 8:29am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, wbta, pembroke, media.

Pembroke native Rich Funke, who started his broadcast career at WBTA, will receive a lifetime achievement award from St. John Fisher College.

The award is named after Jack Palvino, a member of the university's first graduating class who became well known in Rochester media.

The award ceremony is this evening.

Funke's broadcast career in Rochester and Batavia spans 40 years.

His first big assignment in broadcast news was covering the Attica prison riot for WBTA.

(via WHEC)

February 22, 2013 - 8:14am
posted by Howard B. Owens in wbta, garbage collection.

Dan Fischer, owner and editorial director of WBTA, is broadcasting an editorial today that calls on the Batavia City Council to vote down a proposed ordinance to change how garbage is collected in the city.

The proposal has been contaminated by secrecy and heavy-handed tactics, Fischer says, so the process of deciding how garbage collection should be paid for and handled should start over.

Read the editorial by clicking here or listen to WBTA-AM today.

December 12, 2012 - 1:37am
posted by Howard B. Owens in wbta, GCC, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Encore.

WBTA's Debbie and Dan Fischer chaired this year's major fundraiser for the GCC Foundation, Encore 2012, the annual appearance by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at the college. Besides the symphony, the event featured a dinner and art show and was attended by more than 300 people.

December 7, 2012 - 10:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, wbta, Red Cross, Ken Barrett Chevrolet Cadillac.

Donors drove up to Ken Barrett Chevrolet and Cadillac today by the dozens to deliver presents for Genesee County youngsters who might not otherwise get a visit from Santa and filled up two pickup trucks with new toys.

It was one of the biggest hauls for the toy drives in recent years.

Besides a big donation from Genesee ARC, the folks at Lawley Genesee (above) turned up in a Mancuso limo on the way to a Christmas party and dropped off several toys.

Pictured above are Lt. Marty Hinz and Chuck Harmon, of the City of Batavia Fire Department, Beth George, Nancy Hale, Patricia Kurtz, Tom Ditzel, Marissa Weaver, Susie Boyce, Wendy MacKay, Kim Morello.

Dan Fischer of WBTA with Kurtz.

Firefighter Green and Mary Blevins, manager of the Batavia branch of Key Bank.

Blevins with WBTA's Sloan Martin.

May 19, 2012 - 8:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in wbta, Arc GLOW.

Genesee ARC’s Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony was held Friday night at the Clarion Hotel, Batavia. Community members, volunteers, clients and staff were recognized for their achievements and contributions to the local agency that serves people with disabilities and their families.

WBTA owners Dan and Deb Fischer received the Spirit of ARC Award. Their friend Jennifer helped present the award. Jennifer is the daughter of Dan and Deb’s dear friends, Mike and Laura. When Jennifer was born, it sparked Dan and Deb’s journey on the path of advocacy on behalf of all people with disabilities.

Community volunteer Jane Scott was the recipient of Genesee ARC’s Volunteer of the Year Award. A branch manager of Five Star Bank, Scott is an active a volunteer for many community organizations. At Genesee ARC, she is a member of the Finance and Personnel committees and was a cabinet member for ARC’s People Realizing Potential Capital Campaign. She will begin serving on the Genesee ARC Board of Directors in June.

Boy Scout Andrew Fischer, of Batavia, was presented with the Youth Spotlight Award. For his Eagle Scout project, Andrew and his team constructed seven wooden benches, weeded the bike path and planted small trees and shrubs along the path at Genesee ARC’s Hartshorn Road, Batavia residence.

Friend of ARC Awards were presented to:

Mike Sputore, for the many kindnesses he shows to ARC individuals at Mancuso Bowling Center, where he is the manager, and for his for his behind-the-scenes support of the Challenger sports program;

Loretta Stratton, in recognition of her advocacy and support of Genesee ARC programs, services and events;

Mike Strobel, a Rochester area folk singer and guitar player who has been entertaining individuals at the Genesee ARC Day Habilitation Center for nearly 15 years!

Individuals served by Genesee ARC and saff were also recognized for achievement and longevity. The Business Partner of the Year was Yancey’s Fancy, New York artisan cheese makers.

Geoff Redick, YNN reporter, was master of ceremonies.

Dan and Debbie Fischer, owners of WBTA, received the Spirit of ARC Award on Friday night at Genesee ARC's annual awards banquet.

Fischer and Felice families

Jane Scott

Mike Sputore, Loretta Stratton, Mike Strobel

Andrew Fischer

February 24, 2012 - 7:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, wbta, weather.

Not a lot of wind damage to report so far tonight -- but a window at the WBTA radio studios at Main and Center streets blew out about an hour ago. Frank Bellucci and his son, Frank Jr., from Short Notice handyman service responded to put a patch on the damage.

In other weather-related news (posted by Billie):

UPDATE 8:12 p.m.: Wires are arcing on a pole at 9009 York Road. Le Roy Fire Department is called. National Grid has been notified. The pole number is 8982. Le Roy Fire Police are called to shut down traffic at York Road and Route 5 and also at York and Harris roads.

UPDATE 8:16 p.m.: A transformer is involved. Additional manpower is requested.

UPDATE 8:38 p.m.: A large tree is reportedly down and blocking traffic in the vicinity of Circular Hill and Oatka Trail roads in Le Roy. The county highway department has been notified.

UPDATE 8:47 p.m.: The wind is wreaking havoc on the windows at the dilapidated Wiss Hotel, located at 78 Main St. in Downtown Le Roy. "Two windows are smashed in front of the place and I don't know if anymore are going to come out," a witness told dispatch. Meanwhile, a rep for National Grid is on scene at the York Road arcing pole incident.

UPDATE 9 p.m.: York Road is reopened. Le Roy units responding to that call are back in service. National Grid is handling the situation.

UPDATE 9:03 p.m.: The glass in front of the Wiss Hotel has been swept up and disposed of.

UPDATE 9:04 p.m.: County highway department workers and Sheriff's deputies are on scene at the site of the fallen tree on Circular Hill Road. Le Roy firefighters were also there but are now clearing and back in service.

September 5, 2011 - 12:47pm
posted by Billie Owens in wbta, attica prison riot.

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

This week AM-1490 WBTA & WBTAi.com 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 WBTAi.com, 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 WBTAi.com.

November 26, 2010 - 1:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, wbta, Salvation Army, Geoff Redick.


The Batavia Salvation Army kicked off its annual Red Kettle Campaign today at Seymour Place, East Main Street. WBTA's Geoff Redick made the honorary first donation.

June 3, 2010 - 7:54am
posted by Diane M. Dole in batavia, wbta, william brown.


William Brown, a native Batavian, is and always will be a newshound. He has spent a long lifetime writing stories from the sensational to the mundane, the odd and the expected, and everything in between.

He’s a regular at the Batavia City Council meetings, notepad and pen at the ready.

“They pray before every meeting,’ Brown said.

His latest series of articles for the Buffalo News is about Leandra’s Law, the new DWI law, which makes it a felony if a child is in the car of an inebriated driver.

Besides newspaper writing, Brown spent many years in radio broadcasting, something he was drawn to since taking a high school course about it.

But initially, he set his sights on becoming a principal or school superintendent. He even earned a master’s degree Educational Administration.

Then he joined the Army, touring Japan during World War II, and served in its radio service program. He was in charge of communications between the camp and the troop he belonged to.

After returning from the war, Brown took a job at WBTA. From there on out, he was in the news business.

“This is usually a good starting point for people and after a few years they move onto a larger market or get out of the business, although some people stay,” Brown said.

When Brown first started at the station, he was an announcer and he covered the police and city hall beats. He did the 12:30 p.m. newscast.

December 4, 2009 - 12:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, wbta, toy drive.


Sandy Konfederath, from Genesee ARC, arrives at Ken Barrett Chevrolet this morning with an armload of toys to donate to the annual toy drive sponsored by WBTA and several local businesses.  The toy drive continues until 4 p.m. today.

November 4, 2009 - 12:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in wbta, Chris Lee.

Congressman Chris Lee has returned from a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan. WBTA interviewed him this morning and Dan Fischer has posted an extended audio file on WBTA1490.com (mp3).

Tune into WBTA's Main and Center tomorrow to hear Lee talk about the health care being considered in the House of  Representatives.

October 14, 2009 - 9:15am
posted by Howard B. Owens in politics, wbta, thebatavian, Elections.

WBTA and The Batavian will bring you a series of candidate forums over the next couple of days.

Starting tonight, Dan Fischer and I will host a series of Q&A sessions with the City Council candidates and the candidates for competitive County Legislature seats at the WBTA studios.

We will interview the candidates in pairs. 

These sessions are not debates, but rather an opportunity to have a discussion about the important issues in the city and the county.

Tonight and tomorrow night, we will interview the candidates and the interviews will be broadcast unedited tomorrow and Friday. We've also hired Ethan Thompson to videotape the interviews, and the video will be available on The Batavian as soon as the tapes are properly processed for downloading on the web (as always, via YouTube).

Here's the schedule of interviews:

Wednesday, Oct. 14:
7:00 p.m.: Sara Burk-Balbi and Marianne Clattenburg
8:00 p.m: Frank Ferrando and Phil Ricci
These two interviews will air on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. on WBTA.
Thursday, Oct. 15:
7:00 p.m.: Julie Wallace and Tim Buckley
7:30 p.m.: Chris Charvella and Hollis Upson
8:00 p.m.: Rose Mary Christian and Robert Radley
These three interviews will air on Friday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. on WBTA.

If there are questions you think I should ask, please submit them in comments below.

July 3, 2009 - 2:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in wbta, agriculture, Dairy Farms.

WBTA's Geoff Redick posted the final installment of his well-done five-part series on the dairy-price crisis from the perspective of Genesee County dairy farmers.

Here's all five parts:

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