WBTA AM 1490
113 Main Street 
Batavia, NY 14020
Phone: 585-344-1490
Fax: 585-344-1441

 Meet the Staff
Dan Fischer
President & General Manager

Dan formed HPL Communications with his wife Debbie in November, 2003, and completed their purchase of WBTA in February, 2004. Dan has held various management positions in radio since 1971. Dan is a Buffalo native and spent the early years of his career in broadcast news winning several awards from The Associated Press, United Press International and the New York State Broadcasters Association. He is a frequent guest lecturer on radio broadcasting at SUNY Fredonia and for many years, was an adjunct faculty member at Jamestown Community College. Dan was twice selected to serve as a consultant to the US State Department on private radio development projects in Africa and Eastern Europe. Dan is a board member of the Batavia Business Improvement District, member of the Batavia Rotary Club, and serves on committees for the Genesee ARC. Dan and wife Debbie were co-chairs of the 2010 United Way Campaign in Genesee County. In 2008, Dan and Debbie were proud to accept the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Award recognizing WBTA as "Business of the Year."

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Debrah A. Fischer
Vice-President & Business Manager

Debbie brings a wealth of broadcast experience to WBTA. During her career, Debbie has worked as Controller for a group of nine radio stations in Western New York and Pennsylvania. She is a native of Jamestown, NY, where she met her husband Dan while on the job at WKSN/WHUG. Debbie holds two Associate Degrees from Jamestown Community College and a B.S. in Business Administration from SUNY Fredonia. Debbie serves on the Board of Directors of the Genesee ARC, an agency dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities. and serves on committees for the United Way and Genesee Community College. She serves on committees for the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce and the annual Encore scholarship event for Genesee Community College. Debbie is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, plays in the hand bell choir and serves on the board of St. Paul's School. With husband Dan, Debbie is co-chair of the 2010 United Way Campaign in Genesee County.  Dan and Debbie have two daughters, Susan and Karen, and three grandchildren, Brianna, Christian and Matthew.

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Jerry Warner
Morning Show Host


Jerry Warner has been with WBTA since 1971. Jerry graduated from Oakfield Central School in 1960 and still lives in Oakfield with his wife Darlene (Warner) Warner. Jerry was with the Army National Guard for 6 years. He has worked as a morning disc jockey for WBNY in Buffalo, WEZO and WISH in Rochester. Jerry also is the host and developer of Prime of your Life, a radio program aimed at senior citizens. Jerry and his wife have two sons, Michael and Stephen and they also own and operate Warner's Flowers and Gifts in Oakfield.


Wayne Fuller

Wayne Fuller is a native of Batavia and a graduate of Batavia High School and the State University of New York At Albany.  Wayne began his radio career at WBTA in 1967 and worked here at various times, returning in 2006.  He has worked at stations in Albany and Rochester, including WHAM.  He has been involved with professional sports including the radio announcer for the Rochester Lancers of the North American Soccer League.  Since 1984 he has been the in stadium voice of the Batavia Muckdogs.  This past summer he was the play-by play announcer for the Muckdogs right here on WBTA. He is active in the high school basketball and baseball programs for Batavia High School.  He also works in the intercity bus business for New York Trailways. Wayne is single and lives in the Town of Batavia.

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Sloane Martin
News Anchor / Producer

Sloane Martin joined the WBTA news team in September 2012. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif., and resides in Batavia. She graduated cum laude from St. John Fisher College where she did play-by-play broadcasting for the Cardinals' football and men's and women's basketball teams. Sloane worked nearly a year and a half as a production assistant at News 8/Fox Rochester and is also a freelance sports reporter. When she's not covering the news, she's probably watching baseball, or wishing it was baseball season.


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Martha Bailey
Account Executive

Martha grew up in Rochester, but has lived in Genesee County for 36 years. 30 of them in LeRoy. Martha has an associate’s degree in Marketing from GCC, Past-President of the LeRoy Rotary Club, is a member of the American Legion auxiliary in LeRoy, and loves bowling and plays around at golf a little. Formerly the owner of Martha’s Smoke Shoppe in LeRoy, she has two children, Jaime and Christopher and husband Russell. At home she enjoys the company of her chocolate lab, Kahlua, and gold tiger cat Pretty Boy and a black cat, Midnight. Only Midnight is Martha’s, but of course she is the one who takes care of them. Martha and her family enjoy getting away to Black Lake whenever they can. 

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Bob Pacer
Account Executive

Bob has retired from Oliver's Candies after 36 years as general manager.During his long and distinguished career with Oliver's, became affectionately known as the Candy Man.
Bob has served the Town of Stafford for 24 years as councilman and town supervisor. He resides there with his wife Susan. Bob has two grown children, Kevin and Kathleen and one grandson, Ayden.
He has served as president of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Batavia, Holland Land Office board of directors, Genesee County Water Advisory Board and the Stafford Recreation Committee. Bob is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

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Lorne Way
General Sales Manager
Lorne was born and raised in Genesee County. He went to Elba Central School where he enjoyed playing sports. He attended Genesee Community College, SUNY Buffalo and received his Bachelor degree in Business Administration from SUNY Brockport. Lorne has been with WBTA since 1989. Lorne started out as a Sales Account Representative and has worked his way up to Sales Manager as well as General Manager. Lorne has a home in Elba, and is proud to call Genesee County his home.


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Nici Johnson

Nicole "Nici" Johnson has grown up in Genesee County, graduated from Batavia High School, and attended GCC for an associates degree in Communications. She has spent a year working in Buffalo for Citadel Broadcasting stations  97rock, and The Edge. She now works at WBTA where she is a jack of all trades, recording commercials, filling in for afternoon shows, and monitoring the control room.  Nicole has also worked in the modeling industry for 5 years, and is currently the regional director for an agency based out of VA. When not modeling or on the radio, Nici works at the Pokadot Restaurant in Batavia where she says she meets some really great people.
Wanda Frank

A Lockport, NY native, Wanda Frank has happily spent the majority of her life in Batavia and for 30 years as Hostess of WBTA’s Frankly Speaking and Wednesdays with Wanda programs. She is currently the host of Senior Speak, which airs every Wednesday at 9:15am, 12:15pm & 5:15pm. Wanda served for 10 years as Executive Director of Genesee Arts Council and has 30 years of involvement with Batavia Players, as director, actress and Board Member. Wanda is a 1997 graduate of GCC with an Associates Degree in Theatre Arts.

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