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. She also serves on committees for the United Way,  Genesee Community College, Genesee County Chamber of Commerce and the annual Encore scholarship concert GCC. Debbie is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, plays in the hand bell choir. With husband Dan, Debbie was 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.


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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Jim Ernst
Account Executive

Jim was born in Batavia, graduated from Batavia High School
And attended Genesee Community College for Business
Administration. Jim loves playing sports, hiking with his dog
and spending time with family, especially his kids.
Jim has been in Retail sales and held various Management positions since 1991,
including 18 years with the Schwan Food Company. After spending 6 years in Syracuse as General Manager for Schwan’s
Jim decided to move back to Batavia in 2010 so his kids could also Graduate from BHS.
He Joined WBTA in 2014 as an Account Executive and is glad to be back home in Batavia.


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Alex Feig
Multi-Media Producer

Alex was born and raised in Medina NY and is a graduate of Medina High School.  After high school Alex followed his passion of audio recording and production with classes at Select Sound Studio in Buffalo.  The studio experience along with various recording projects served as an education into the world of audio production.  While living in Rochester Alex worked on pre-production of a children’s television program “Doggity’s Diner” which aired on PBS’s Sprout and NBC for two seasons.  After freelancing on video and audio projects Alex started Orleans Radio, an online audio stream that plays completely original local music and advertises locally owned businesses.  Alex currently lives in Medina with his wife and three labs.


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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.

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