Paul Lotters: Owner and President of ALIVE Radio Network and Capital Media Corp.

Capital Media Corporation has been in business since 1982 and has owned the five, full-powered radio stations beginning with WHAZ since 1987. Since the beginning, Capital Media has maintained a Christian, evangelical, theological format.

Our flagship station, WHAZ, has been broadcasting since 1922. WHAZ is the second oldest station in the Northeast and has had it's Christian format continuously since 1967. We are a time tested and proven company! The five full-powered radio stations together broadcast the same format and are known as
The ALIVE Radio Network.

christian radio, christian talk, christian radio stationsBorn in Albany, Paul grew up in Loudonville and lived there until a decade ago when he and his wife, Arlene, an attorney, became year-round residents in their longtime home on Lake George. He graduated and received Master's Degrees in Education from Russell Sage College (Albany), Theology and Divinity Degrees from formal studies at New Brunswick Theological Seminary (N.J.) and the Alliance Theological Seminary (Nyack).

Paul also had a private practice in counseling while doing his Doctoral Studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (PA).

When did religion become the guiding force in your life? (interview from Times Union)

I heard the message through the Everyman's Bible Class in 1964 at the First Church of Albany. A number of years later I rededicated my life to serve Jesus Christ when the Rev. Willard Davis of the Pineview Community Church in Albany clarified my belief.

You've done graduate study in Theology, Education and Counseling. When did you become a businessman?

I started in '82 as the publisher of the ALIVE newspaper. The monthly tabloid had a free circulation of 10,000 through 400 churches in and around the Capital Region. I also ran a print shop that helped defray the costs of the paper for nearly 10 years.

I knew the Camp family, the [then] owners of WHAZ. They were moving out of the area. In 1987, I bought the station. At that time it was a sister station to WGNA, which is now the big country station. But in 1972, when the Camp family started it, WGNA broadcasted Southern Gospel music and some Christian religion-format programs. The two stations operated across the hall from one another at the old Red House Farm in Defreetsville.

When WHAZ signed on in August of 1922, the engineering was done by the Electrical Department at RPI, notably a Professor Hazelton, whose name gave the station its letters. WGNA stood for With Good News Albany; not too many people know that. For years, the WHAZ antenna was on the roof of the Sage Laboratory on the RPI campus. The Camp family moved the transmitter to our present location in Cohoes on the north end of Van Schaick Island on a 70-foot bluff overlooking the Mohawk River.

WHAZ's signal doesn't go far, does it?

It's a small AM station powerwise because it was engineered in the great-grandfather days of radio. The Camps spent a couple of hundred thousand dollars in legal and FCC fees to get more power, but it's on the same frequency as a station in the New York-New Jersey area and the FCC didn't want the signal to interfere.

Over the years I've added four-full powered FM stations that are a simulcast. As a combination, we are known as ALIVE Radio Network. The name comes from the Book of Romans, Chapter 6, Verse 11: "Dead to sin, alive in Christ." We have a tremendous coverage area. Along with WHAZ at 1330 AM, we have WHAZ-FM at 97.5 on Mount Anthony in Bennington, Vt.; WMYY 97.3 on Rundycup Mountain in Schoharie County, WBAR 94.7 on top of the Glens Falls Mountain Road in Warren County and WMNV 104.1 on the Vermont border, just north of Salem in Washington County. There are other religious-format stations around here, but they all have low-powered repeaters for a small geographic area, representing a main station from an area far, far away.

What do your stations broadcast?

The life-changing and eternal message of life in Christ to all who would believe in him. It's total preaching and teaching, with both national and local ministries. Many of them have been on our network now for over 65+ years. We were one of the 27 original stations that stood in faith with Dr. James Dobson when he began his program Focus on the Family in 1977.

Locally, we have Reach Out with Dr. Jerry Lynn of Colonie, the pastor and founder of Reach Out Fellowship, Sanctify My Heart with Rev. James Glasscock of the Troy Church of Christ and Sold Out for Jesus with Pastor Paul Tebano of Harvest Church in Clifton Park.

Since 1982, Steve Klob, who has co-labored for the cause of Christ with me at the newspaper, in the print shop and on the radio, is Operations Director of the Network. Program Director, Rex Gregory has been our morning voice since 1974 and serves as a continual morning presence for our loyal listeners. Aaron Lucrezio is Production Director and in charge of client production and recordings, computer networking and in-house engineering. Albert Saboski, Dave Farley and Mary Budesheim serve as Media Specialists for the Network. Mary also serves as Graphic and Web Designer and our faithful engineers, John Green, William Rosenfeldt, John Shafer and Charles Fitch, as a team, keep the Network broadcasting the Good News!