99.9 Mhz, Bridgeport, CT
WEZN began as WJZZ, an all-jazz station in 1960 with John Metts of Weston, CT. as GM. WJZZ was one of the pioneers of the "All-Jazz" format. Prior to working at WJZZ, Mr. Metts was the Vice President of WICC in Bridgeport, CT. Ken Cooper was the majority owner and he achieved his vision of an all jazz format radio station with the start-up of the new station and by hiring his neighbor, jazz composer Dave Brubeck as program director.
The format failed for lack of sponsorship and became partially listener-supported. A short while later, it simulcast WICC from 2:00pm until 2:00am and in 1964 it switched to broadcasting the "Top 60" classical performances. Shortly later, it commences stereo broadcasting and started playing the 100 most popular classical performances. The late CBS news announcer, Christopher Glenn, was the station's voice-tracked announcer.
Many of the WJZZ announcers were WICC air personnel. The station broadcast live weekly performances from Bridgeport's Hotel Barnum "Pink Elephant Lounge," immediately following the Dave Brubeck Show.
WJZZ antenna on the right. Channel 49 antenna on the left.