Dr. Wendell Cox, Dr. Haley Bell and Dr. Robert Bass, owners of Bell Broadcasting received a Permit to Construct from the FCC in 1955. This permit made them the first Blacks in the nation to build their own radio station from the ground up. As a result, history was in the making and the renowned WCHB AM 1440 radio was born. But that was only the beginning.
In 1960, five years later, a second approval was granted for an additional station - WCHD FM 105.9. However, the call letters were later changed to WJZZ.
“JZZ,” as it was commonly known, was the highest Arbitron rated jazz station in the country during the early 1990s. It aired popular hits ranging from Miles Davis to Jeff Lorber Fusion. The playlist included famous artists such as John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, Michael Franks, Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, Anita Baker, George Benson, Fourplay, David Sanborn and Nancy Wilson. The station ended broadcasting in the late 1990s.
In the late 1970s the iconic WJZZ logo was created by Robert Dempster of Dempster Designs. It prominently displays the Detroit skyline and and colorful rainbow. The image was often seen on buildings, billboards, posters, buses, auto decals, license plates, hats and T-shirts.
Now, the official WJZZ FM 105.9 throwback tees and baseball caps are available and you can be one of many to don one.
They are available at Eric’s I’ve Been Framed Shop in Detroit. The front and back design T-shirts are available in short sleeve and long sleeve. The ultra 100% cotton Gildan brand is available in all sizes ranging from small to 4XL.
Short-Sleeve WJZZ Tee – Black
$25 – Black short-sleeve tee with silkscreened WJZZ Logo.
Short-Sleeve WJZZ Tee – Natural
$25 – Natural short-sleeve tee with silkscreened WJZZ Logo.
Long-Sleeve WJZZ Tee
$35 – Black long-sleeve tee with silkscreened WJZZ Logo.
Baseball Jersey 3/4 sleeve
$25 – White body, black sleeve & collar with silkscreened WJZZ Logo.
$50 – Black hoodie with silkscreened WJZZ Logo.
WJZZ Baseball Cap
$25 – Adjustable baseball cap with embroidered WJZZ Logo. One size.
$30 – 20”x24" full color poster.