Dr. Haley and Mary Bell. Dr. Haley and Mary Bell met while they were students at Walden University (Mary) and Meharry Medical College (Haley) near Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Bell was the first African American dentist to own his own dental office in Michigan. Dr. Bell opened his dental office in Hamtramck, Michigan, in 1923. He also owned and founded “Ex-Zak Tool Die Company”, the “Motor City Trade School”, the “Midway Technical School” in New York City and co-founded the “Bell Broadcasting Company”. The “Bell Broadcasting Company” became home to WCHB and WJZZ, one of the first all-jazz radio stations in the United States. Mr. Bell founded WHBC with his dental partner and son-in-law Dr. Wendell Cox. The two doctors applied for and received their FCC license in 1955, and WCHB went on the air in November of 1956. Mary Bell was recognized as a leader in Detroit society for her involvement with local charities and institutions and her business acumen while working with her husband at Bell Broadcasting. Mrs. Bell served as president of Bell Broadcasting until her death in 1997. In 1998, Bell Broadcasting was sold to “Radio One”.
For more information on Dr. Haley Bell and Mrs. Mary Bell, visit, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WCHB and http://www.med.umich.edu/haahc/Resources/sourceL1.htm.