Santa Appears at Adam Miller Toy & Bike
Santa Claus listens as dozens of children recite their wish list courtesy of Adam Miller Toy and Bike and WBTA.
Batavia Connection to Super Bowl XLVI
Batavia's Russ Romano interviewed by Geoff Redick during WBTA News Midday. Romano is a former football coach at Rochester Institute of Technology, and was once on the coaching staff of the now-famous coach Tom Coughlin, 2-time Super Bowl champion with the NFL's New York Giants.
WBTA Staffers at "Summer in the City"
WBTA Newsman Geoff Redick takes a turn in the United Way "Dunk Tank," a popular attraction along Main St. during Summer in the City. According to unreliable reports, Geoff raised more money for the United Way than City Manager Jason Molino and County Manager Jay Gsell combined!
WBTA's Dan & Debbie Fischer shared the gator with Krysia Majors on the "Trash Patrol." 2011's Summer in the City was considered the best-attended, yet!
Santa Arrives for Christmas in July
Old St. Nick chartered a reindeer flight from his summer home, to stop by WBTA's "Christmas in July" Radio Auction on July 23rd, 2011. The jolly old elf brought "WBTA" cookies for the auction staff, baked by Mrs. Claus.
Sorry, kids – Santa wouldn't tell us just exactly where he stays for summer (though by his shirt and his tan, we figure it's south of Batavia).
Can Somebody Please MOOve This Thing?
Following the 2011 Rotary Father's Day Fly-In Breakfast, some absent-minded Rotarians apparently took their eyes off their prized cow. The daring heifer was reportedly seen trotting across the no-doubt treacherous Sunday afternoon traffic in Batavia, before taking up residence just outside WBTA's door.
Early speculators predict that Dan Fischer and Jerry Warner will be "milking" this for all it's worth during the morning drive-time broadcast.
Jerry Warner Gets "Shot" On the Air!
Valentine's for our Troops 2011
The 7th Annual Valentine's for our Troops campaign wrapped up on Sunday, February 13th at Legion Post 576 in LeRoy. We had a record turnout and, most importantly, a record amount of donations.
LeRoy High School Girls JV Basketball team helps out by sorting and packing items donated to the 2011 campaign.
(Bottom Right) A "Brownie" Troop from Batavia also helped out and sent hand-made Valentines!
(Bottom Left) WBTA's Dan Fischer interviews Mary Ann Miller whose son is in Afghanistan
Homemade Valentines created by local school children were included in packages sent overseas
WBTA Morning Host Jerry Warner gets his annual Flu shot on the air during the Main & Center "Medical Monday," segment sponsored by United Memorial Medical Center.
Here, UMMC Nurse Manager Maryann Cogdill adminsters the vaccine. Jerry later told us, "It didn't hurt a bit," as he collapsed to the floor (just kidding!).
Seriously, Jerry said, there was nothing to it, "Everyone who is medically cleared to receive the vaccine, should get it."
WBTA Broadcasts from National Night Out
WBTA News Anchor Geoff Redick (left) and Advertising Manager Lorne Way prepare a broadcast from the 2010 National Night Out in Austin Park. The event is designed to bring the community together with a common goal of reducing crime.
The event, sponsored by GCASA, the Batavia Police Dept. and other agencies, drew several hundred people to the park.
Despite the appearance of these two characters, the event was labeled a big success!
WBTA News wins statewide award
WBTA Radio has been honored by the New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA) for "Outstanding Radio News Feature Story" in a competition among broadcast stations across the state.
The winning entry, entitled, "The Perfect Pour" was produced by WBTA News Producer/Anchor Geoff Redick. The story showcased O'Lacy's Irish Pub in Batavia and its designation by Guinness Beer as the best pour of the product in the northeastern U.S. and one of the best in the nation.
Redick's story, portions of which were recorded at the School St. tavern, featured an interview with O'Lacy's owner Kent Ewell.
WBTA President Dan Fischer accepted the award at the NYSBA Executive Conference at Bolting Landing, NY in June .
(Photo) WBTA News Producer/Anchor Geoff Redick (Left) and WBTA President Dan Fischer pose with "Outstanding Radio News Feature" award from the New York State Broadcasters Association
The Force is with WBTA & the Batavia Muckdogs
WBTA's Geoff Redick visited Dwyer Stadium and ran into a group of intergalactic impersonators. These members of the 501st Legion say the Force is strong in Batavia!
The 501st Legion is a national organization of Star Wars enthusiasts who purchase their own costumes and make charitable appearances at various community events. This was the group's first trip to Batavia.
"The Moving Wall" Vietnam Memorial Visits Batavia's VA Center
Solemn "Missing Man Table Ceremony" Conducted at Opening Ceremonies
Below is the verbatim of the Missing Man Table Ceremony:
The caps at the table represent the five branches of the Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard.
The table is set for 5, symbolizing the fragility of the prisoners, alone against their captors; Remember.
The tablecloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms; Remember.
The single rose displayed in the vase is symbolic of the families and the loved ones who keep the faith, waiting for their soldier’s return; Remember.
The red ribbon tied prominently on the vase is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn upon the lapels and breasts of thousands who bear witness to their unwavering determination to demand a proper counting of all lives left in foreign soil. To this day, there are still 1,716 missing in Vietnam; Remember.
The slice of lemon on the plate reminds us of their bitter fate; Remember.
There is, in addition to the lemon, salt on the plate, symbolic of the families’ tears as they wait; Remember.
The glasses are inverted. They cannot toast with us today; Remember.
The chairs are empty. They are not here; Remember.
Remember, all of you who served with them and called them comrades, who depended upon their might and their aid, and who relied on them; for surely they have not forgotten us.
Main & Center Promotes "The Ramble"
Kay McMahon and Bill McDonald appear on WBTA's "Main & Center" program to promote the Ramble Music and Arts Fest on Saturday, July 3, 2010 in Jackson Square, downtown Batavia.
Bill and Kay are members of Old Hippie Reunion, just one of the groups scheduled to perform.
For complete information about the Ramble, visit their Website.
Kay and Bill performed three songs during the radio show.
WBTA Takes a Swing at Home Run Derby
WBTA Advertising Manager Lorne Way powers his way through a blazing 10mph pitch at the Muckdogs "Pep Dog Rally" marking the start of the Muckdog's 2010 season.
Lorne's "hit" cleared the pitchers mound!
Hank Stratton Featured at ARC "Celebrating Art-Abilities"
Hank Stratton, affectionately known as "Hammering Hank" to all his Challenger Baseball fans, is an energenic, loveable, almost-12 year old boy who happens to have autism. Hank and his family joined the ARC four years ago. Hank receives services through the ARC's Family Support Program. He especially enjoys the ARC's Art Club.
So talented is Hank, he has been selected as the featured artist for the "Celebrating Art-abilities" Show on March 11 at the ARC's new Community Center (the former St. Mary's School) at 38 Woodrow Road in Batavia.
PHOTO: WBTA's Dan Fischer interviews Hank Stratton for a segment on the station's "Main & Center" program to promote the "Celebrating Art-abilities" art show on March 11