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WDZZ-FM

WDZZ-FM is a radio station broadcasting an urban adult contemporary format, licensed to Flint and under ownership of Cumulus Media. Its studios are located south of the Flint city limits and its transmitter is north of downtown Flint. WDZZ was founded by Vernon Merritt in 1979 as the Flint area's first FM station to target African-American audiences, playing a mixture of disco music and jazz which evolved into mainstream Urban Contemporary, it is believed. Before the sign-on of 92.7, WAMM 1420 now WFLT served as Flint's Rhythm & Blues Station, with its only competition being Saginaw's WWWS which did not provide a clear signal over much of the Flint area. WDZZ had an immediate impact, as the station debuted at number one in the Arbitron ratings in its first full ratings period, with a share of over 11 per cent. WAMM never recovered and soon flipped formats to the Music of Your Life as WFLT settling into the urban gospel format it has today. WDZZ would become Mainstream Urban with the addition of Hip Hop in 1989 and was using the Moniker "DZ93".

WDZZ has gone through several R&B formats including Mainstream Gospel on Sunday Mornings. The station is licensed for and broadcast in HD Radio, the only one of Cumulus Media's Flint stations to do so. In 1998 WDZZ, WWCK-FM, WRSR were sold from Connoisseur to Cumulus Media. Current DJs include Tom Joyner, Chris McKinney, Keith Sweat and Sunday Morning Gospel Host Sam Williams. WDZZ ranks at #1 in the Flint market according to the Spring 2017 Nielsen Audio Ratings release. Michiguide.com - WDZZ-FM History Query the FCC's FM station database for WDZZ Radio-Locator information on WDZZ Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WDZZ

English Journey

English Journey is an account by J. B. Priestley of his travels in England, published in 1934. Commissioned by publisher Victor Gollancz to write a study of contemporary England, Priestley recounts his travels around England in 1933, he shares his observations on the social problems he witnesses, appeals for democratic socialist change. English Journey was an influential work, inspiring George Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier, "has been credited with winning the 1945 election for the Labour Party". In the work, Priestley expresses racism towards Irish immigrants in England: "A great many speeches have been made and books written on the subject of what England has done to Ireland... I should be interested to hear a speech and read a book or two on the subject of what Ireland has done to England... if we do have an Irish Republic as our neighbour, it is found possible to return her exiled citizens, what a grand clearance there will be in all the western ports, from the Clyde to Cardiff, what a fine exit of ignorance and dirt and drunkenness and disease."In a 1983 book of the same title, Beryl Bainbridge retraces Priestley's steps to capture the changes that half a century has brought to their shared native land.

John Angerson's English Journey. Photographer Angerson retraces J. B. Priestley's footsteps 75 years after publication of English Journey. Article by Graham Harrison for the Photo Histories web site