WEBR-AM signed on the air in 1924 founded by the Howell Electric Company. they broadcast live from their own offices in Buffalo. While they used the slogan We Extend Buffalo’s Regards, the calls were actually assigned sequentially. In 1936, the station was sold to The Buffalo Evening News, then joining the NBC Blue Network. Six years later The Evening News sold the station to their competitor the Buffalo Courier-Express. The new management dropped NBC Blue for the Mutual Broadcasting System. Then two years later they changed dial position from 1340 to 970 AM. This quick succession of changes makes their history hard to follow.
The big change was in the mid 1970s. The Western New York Public Broadcasting Associating purchased WEBR. This in 1976 it became the country’s first public all-news station. More here.
Now to get more confusing Statler Hotel has no relation to Sattler's Department Store, a sponsor of the Sing-a-long. The store was located at 998 Broadway in downtown Buffalo. The store closed and was town down in 1987.