WZZA INVITES YOU TO JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE FORTY FIVE YEARS OF CONTINUOUS SOUL… THAT’S RIGHT, ON JULY FOURTH, WZZA RADIO AND MUSCLE SHOALS BROADCASTING WILL BLOW OUT ALL FORTY FIVE CANDLES ON THE BIRTHDAY CAKE… TRAVEL WITH US BACK DOWN MEMORY LANE AS WE REMINISCE ON FOUR AND A HALF DECADES OF BEING YOUR SOUL OF THE SHOALS… CALL AND SHARE MEMORIES OF THE DEEJAYS AND SONGS THAT YOU REMEMBER BEST… OR POST YOUR FAVORITE PHOTO OR STORY ABOUT WZZA ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE… STAY TUNED BECAUSE WE’LL BE GIVING AWAY PRIZES AND PLAYING THE SONGS THAT YOU KNOW AND LOVE FROM FORTY-FIVE YEARS OF BEING YOUR RADIO STATION… WZZA IS ALL GROWN UP NOW, AND WE’RE INVITING YOU TO OUR BIRTHDAY PARTY… CELEBRATE WITH WZZA AS WE CELEBRATE FORTY-FIVE YEARS OF RADIO… THANKS TO YOU FOR MAKING US YOUR SOUL OF THE SHOALS!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO WZZA!
July 4th 2017 is the 45th anniversary of
WZZA, your Soul Of The Shoals Radio!
That’s forty-five years of being a voice for our community, providing information to our listeners, and playing the best in soul music – Gospel, R&B, Blues, Hip-Hop, and Jazz… WZZA appreciates your years of support!
Come celebrate at the Gospel Extravaganza
at the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum, at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, June 24th.
Enjoy the Chosen Disciples, Sister Andrea Brown, and the St. James Special Chorus,
and say happy birthday to WZZA!
Tickets are $15.00 and are available from:
Katie Duster & St. James Special Chorus!
Jerry Davis & the Spiritual Starlights! Bunyan’s BBQ!
Leonard Skipworth! Theodore Lindsey! WZZA Radio!
Thanks for being a WZZA Radio listener!
The Staff and Management of
WZZA Radio, “The Soul of the Shoals”
WZZA Radio, a division of Muscle Shoals Broadcasting, Co., began broadcasting on July 4th, 1972. This heritage station was founded, owned, and operated by Robert “Bob” Carl Bailey who, with his wife Odessa, established a voice for the Black community of northwest Alabama. WZZA Radio filled a void for entertainment, education, and enlightenment for an audience that had long been underserved. WZZA has presented four decades of continuous programming with a hybrid format consisting of sacred and secular music and talk radio.
WZZA Radio’s target demographic is Black, aged 18+ and has audience in the northwest Alabama counties of Colbert, Lauderdale, and Franklin Counties and portions of West Lawrence County, AL and East Tishomingo County, MS. While WZZA specifically selects programming that appeals to our target demographic, the station has many listeners who are younger, older, and of other socio-economic backgrounds. Our listeners are loyal to WZZA, extremely supportive of our advertisers, and they show their support of both by patronizing our sponsors.
Known as the “Soul of the Shoals”, WZZA Radio not only provides informative and entertaining programming, but also serves as a catalyst for action relating to health, education, finance, and politics. The public service provided by WZZA Radio surpasses any offered by other radio stations in the Muscle Shoals area and includes public affairs programming that provides voter education and encourages registration, raises awareness about health disparities, teaches economic and financial empowerment, and serves as a community forum for discussion of many issues of particular interest to African Americans.
Today, WZZA continues to be the only locally owned and programmed urban formatted radio station in northwest Alabama. Its effective programming and loyal listeners have resulted in WZZA being one of the most consistent and longest running radio stations in the Muscle Shoals area. For more information about WZZA Radio, please contact our offices at 256-381-1862.
Robert “Bob” Carl Bailey (bold, innovative, courageous, incomparable trailblazer)
(born October 13, 1935, died April 16, 2001)
Robert “Bob Carl” Bailey along with his wife Odessa, were the first Black Radio Station owners in northwest Alabama licensed by the Federal Communications Commission. Bob Carl was one of the first licensed African-American radio announcers in the Shoals. He and his wife later purchased WTQX in Selma, Alabama, in the late 1970’s, resulting in them being one of the few African Americans in Alabama to own radio stations in more than one market. He contributed to the success of Muscle Shoals music by introducing Jimmy Hughes to Rick Hall at FAME Recording, a meeting resulting in the recording of the international hit song “Steal Away” (the first song featured in the documentary titled “Muscle Shoals”). Mr. Bailey was one of the first African-American music retailers (owner of three record stores, two in Florence and one in Tuscumbia.) He was a producer of a local group’s first studio recording, and he was a promoter, often bringing concerts to the Shoals area. His broadcast experience extended beyond radio when Mr. Bailey became the first African-American television talk show host in northwest Alabama (“Sunday In The Shoals” aired on WOWL-TV).
He was the first Black policeman ever hired in Huntsville, Alabama, and was later the first Black Chief of Police for the City of Triana, Alabama. He continued to support law enforcement and the court system throughout his life, but he also advocated to judges, and lawyers on behalf of those who were in need of a voice in the courtroom. While Bob Carl never ran for office, he often took an active role in local and state politics, and was twice invited to visit the White House in Washington, D.C. Throughout the years Bob Carl served as a social and community leader by organizing and sponsoring countless benefits and tributes to various community leaders and worthwhile organizations. One such program was in celebration of retired teachers.
Bob Carl Bailey was appointed by Alabama Governor Fobb James to head the State’s Small Business Administration, making him the first Black man to be appointed by an Alabama Governor for that position. He was a successful entrepreneur, owning several businesses under the umbrella of Bailey & Company, and was the first President of the Shoals Area Business Association. He was one of the first licensed African-American automobile dealers in the Shoals working both independently, and at Zuelke Dodge in Sheffield. He later quietly assisted Fred Lee to establish Shoals Ford, the first Black owned car dealership in northwest Alabama. He provided jobs himself, but also encouraged other employers to hire African Americans. He enjoyed seeing other Black owned businesses succeed and in one instance assisted the first Black attorneys to open a practice in the Shoals by paying the salary of their secretary for a full year.
Bob Carl was also generous with his time and finances as a resource to his community. In addition to mentoring and assisting businesses, he also helped individuals and churches by paying church and home mortgages, utility bills, car notes, college expenses, hospital bills, and buying groceries. This incredible man provided a voice for all people in the Shoals, focusing not only on issues that disproportionately affect people of color, but all people. (He actually referred to himself as “Bob Carl, the Loud Mouth”.) Mr. Bailey was a savvy political activist and influential policy maker whose legacy continues today. His family, the Shoals area, and the world lost Bob Carl Bailey on April 16th, 2001.