WIBB call letters hold a rich and storied history that dates back to its founding in 1929. Established by J.B. Fuqua, the station quickly became a prominent voice in the region, serving as a cultural hub and source of entertainment for the local community.
Throughout the decades, WIBB played a pivotal role in shaping the musical landscape of Macon, contributing significantly to the rise of rhythm and blues and gospel music. Notably, the station became a launching pad for the careers of influential artists such as Little Richard and James Brown, both of whom had their early recordings played on WIBB (like Brown's "Please, Please, Please!") The station's commitment to showcasing African American musical talent during a time of segregation made it a trailblazer in the industry.
Over the years, WIBB has continued to evolve, adapting to changes in the radio landscape while maintaining its status as a cultural institution in Macon, preserving the legacy of its significant contributions to the world of music and entertainment. From iconic radio hosts like Honey Bee, to the torch still carried today by Shirley "Mama Mia" Ellis. Come experience the legacy and have a listen!