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You may not have known his name, but listeners of WBTA over the past 10 years heard his work every hour of every day.

He was WBTA’s Chief Engineer Emeritus, Burton O. Waterman, or as he preferred to be called simply, Uncle Burt.

Burt passed away Monday night (March 18, 2013) in Jamestown, not far from his home in Cassadaga.

Burt was a dear friend of WBTA owners Dan and Debbie Fischer. The three worked together for 30 years at radio stations in Chautauqua County.  

When the Fischer’s bought WBTA in 2003 the station was in need of a complete technical update. Burt came out of retirement and built the new digital studios at 113 Main St. that now bear his name.

“This is a profound personal loss,” said WBTA President Dan Fischer, “Burt was not only a brilliant engineer but one of the finest men I have ever known. He was a humble man of utmost integrity and deep unwavering faith.” 

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