Charles “Chuck” Burr, famed Buffalo sports public relations executive, has died at the age of 91. According to his Buffalo News obituary, Burr began his career in Buffalo radio.
On a dare, Burr auditioned and landed the job of sports director at the old WXRA Radio. WXRA was a full-service radio station in the 1950s that provided a wide variety of music and local news and sports. Its frequency was 1080AM, which is now occupied by WUFO Radio.
After his WXRA experience, Burr joined the University of Buffalo athletic department as sports information director, followed by similar stints with the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Raceway. While serving as the Sabres first PR and media director in 1970, Burr hired the “Voice of the Sabres,” Ted Darling.
Burr was a decorated veteran of World War II. He is survived by four children, plus grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled for Saturday, January 17, 9:30am at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Williamsville.