WBTA expands local talk shows featuring local hosts

By Howard Owens
Apr 9, 2015, 11:25am

WBTA has expanded its programming from one local entertaining talk show to two.

Hiram Kasten is now co-hosting "Batavia After Breakfast" with is wife Diana at 9 a.m., Wednesday mornings and his former partner, Lucine Kauffman, now has her own show, "Genesee Life," at 8:30 a.m., Saturdays.

Hiram and Diana, pictured above, will feature their witty repartee as they share their experiences in Batavia, what's happening in Batavia, and Hiram -- with decades experience as a comedian, actor and performer in New York, Hollywood and Las Vegas, as well as around the globe -- hosts guests from his entertainment world.

Lucine, bottom photo, will celebrate and explore Genesee County rich cultural life, featuring local residents who might be artists, musicians, authors, historians, hobbyists, farmers, athletes, local business owners and local characters. The show will also promote local shows and showings.

WBTA is at 1490 AM, 100.1 FM and streaming at as well as through apps available for your mobile devices.

Conversations with Calliope- On the Radio

By jlangen
Apr 9, 2009, 8:54am

[img_assist|nid=5417|title=Daisies|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=0|height=50] (Daisies) JOE: Good morning Calliope. CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How did the radio show go? JOE: Quite well I thought. CALLIOPE: Tell me about it. JOE: I have appeared on the radio before. Although I was not sure exactly what to expect, I didn't feel nervous. CALLIOPE: What put you at ease? JOE: I arrived early and watched the interview before mine. I had also met Wanda Frank, the host of the show and knew her style. CALLIOPE: What happened on the air? JOE: She asked me to introduce myself and my book, Navigating Life. CALLIOPE: Then what? JOE: I had sent her a brochure before the show and she chose several points I had outlined to explore further. CALLIOPE: Anything else? JOE: She wanted to know what were the major influences in what I write now. CALLIOPE: What did you tell her? JOE: I had been thinking about this on the way to the show. I told her I had nine years in the seminary and monastery to think about life, especially my own. Then I worked for thirty-five years as a psychologist helping people make sense of their lives. All in all, a good experience. Talk with you tomorrow.

Conversations with Calliope- Radio Publicity

By jlangen
Apr 8, 2009, 8:02am

Whale Mural- Robert Wyland

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. What are you up to today?
JOE: In a couple hours I will be appearing on a local radio talk show in Batavia.
CALLIOPE: Have you ever done that before?
JOE: I have, but not about my writing.
CALLIOPE: What's the focus today?
JOE: I will have a ten minute spot in which my book, Navigating Life: Commonsense Reflections for the Voyage will be featured.
CALLIOPE: Not much time. How will you handle it?
JOE: It is in the hands of the interviewer Wanda Frank who has hosted the show for many years. I have met her socially at arts events. She is a respected figure in the local arts community and has directed a number of community theater musicals over the years.
CALLIOPE: What do you expect will happen?
JOE: As she put it, she will pick my brain.
CALLIOPE: And what will she find?
JOE: My reasons for writing.
CALLIOPE: Which are?
JOE: To encourage people to take charge of their lives for the communal good. Talk with you tomorrow.


By bill14054
Jan 12, 2009, 9:46am

Do you know that wcjw in warsaw has a tower on ceder st in batavia fm 105.5

 if you like a old country radio tun in 1140 am wyoming county 103.7 genesee county 105.5 and livistion county coming soon

Feelin' it: Behind the scenes at WGCC 90.7 FM

By philip.anselmo
May 20, 2008, 6:16pm

Long gone are my own days behind the microphone in a broadcast booth at a college radio station — I jocked for a couple years at RIT's underground rock station — but today I got to relive the delirium as I joined deejay Robyn at Genesee Community College. Robyn spins rock of all stripes (though mostly classic, she says) for WGCC 90.7 FM, where she doubles as the station's public relations director.

Her personality is perfect for radio: cheeky, garrulous and none too shy of the microphone's allure. It was no surprise, then, that she was also a perfect video tour guide to take us behind the scenes at the station and tell us a bit about herself, the music and what it takes to run a radio show.


Thank you to everyone at WGCC for letting me and my camera in your sacred space, no questions asked. Look forward to working with you all again.

WBTA auction this Saturday

By Howard Owens
Apr 23, 2008, 9:04pm

Several neat items available this Saturday in WBTA's auction.

  • YMCA Camp Hough
  • Casino bus trip
  • Martin's Fantasy Island
  • Tim Horton's coffee mugs
  • A Mother's Day brunch
  • Party at The Gravel Pit
  • Plenty of booze and food

Having run these type of auctions before, events/places-to-go always do well, especially in the spring, so bid early and bid often (or bid high).

Too bad you can't bid online.

UPDATE: No online word on who won what items, but the next auction is June 6.


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