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 and past-president of the Batavia Rotary Club, and served 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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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
Operations Manager

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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Chris Kalen
Morning Announcer

Chris loves a wide variety of music, from his Irish heritage with Celtic music to rock, pop, soft rock and jazz. A radio veteran working in Buffalo, Rochester and Denver to name some of the cities he has worked in. Rochester is home but looks to move closer to Batavia. His teenage son is what keeps him motivated to stay in shape to keep up with him.
In a 30 year career in radio he credits his Aunt as the guiding force to leading him first to radio. A former athlete his skills led him to the radio booth as a color commentator and eventually to an announcer.
Currently I find inspiration in my soon to be wife Kayla, who helps keep me “healthy” he says.
He loves James Taylor and Kansas as his favorite musical artists, and enjoys watching sports, baseball, and my favorite English Premiership Football. Manchester United all the way!
Guilty pleasures: WWE Wrestling, movies and old 70’s and 80’s TV shows.
Chris loves Italian food and a good burger anytime!
“I am really looking forward to entertaining and getting to know the audience at WBTA and hope that I will be out and about to meet all of them in the future”

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John Vazquez
Announcer

John Vazquez has been with WBTA since 2004. He plays all the songs you know and love while you complete your workday from 2-6 p.m. In addition to accompanying you at work, he is also one of WBTA’s play-by-play announcers for high school sports.

John is originally from Dunkirk, NY which is where he first started broadcasting in 1996. He’s an avid lover of technology, and usually has the latest phone or gadget. He’s also spends his spare time with his dogs, watching hockey, or playing board games on game nights.

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Nici Johnson
Announcer

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 hosting the 10AM to 2Pm show featuring bits of pop culture and her mind teasing riddles. 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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Paul Chenault
Announcer

Paul Chenault was born in Batavia, NY, is a graduate of LeRoy Central School and attended Houghton College, where he received his Bachelors in Business Management as well as two Associates degrees in Electronics Systems Technology and Logistics. He is also a 30 year veteran of the United States Air Force, with twenty-two of those years spent in military radio communications. Joining WBTA in 2017, Paul now works at the station as host of “WBTA After Dark” and is still considered the “newbie” of the team. When not working for the radio station, he is employed with the Department of Defense as a Logistics Planner, or can be seen at his part time job at Home Depot in Batavia. A great fanatic of all types of music in its proper form, Paul likes to stay near the action, often times attending concerts and providing DJ services when needed.


Evan Anstey
Announcer

Evan Anstey has been with WBTA since 2014, starting as an intern and eventually working his way up to Multimedia Producer. Currently, Evan muses about life in Genesee County as a weekend announcer and can occasionally be heard on commercials. Outside of WBTA, Evan plays in local bands The Moon Hunters and Thirty Mile, and enjoys the outdoors. Hear him on WBTA from 10-3 every Saturday!



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