Turntable Pad

Turntable Pad

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This turntable pad is a black plastic disc with brown synthetic felt top. The disc has a raised 45 rpm record holder in the center, used to keep 45 rpm records from slipping. This turntable pad was sent to WANN (1190) radio station by Columbia records, Inc., in 1953.

WANN (1190 AM) was a radio station based out of Annapolis, Maryland that primarily served the area's growing African American community. Morris Blum founded it in 1946, and it broadcast to the entire mid-Atlantic region. The station was home to disc jockey Charles "Hoppy" Adams starting in the early 1950s. Adams hosted weekly events at a local African American only beach, Carr's Beach, which were popular with the area's youth population.

WANN continued to program gospel, rhythm and blues, and public affairs features until 1992 when the station changed to a mainstream country format with the catchphrase “Bay Country 1190.” Around 1998, the station changed ownership and became WBIS, broadcasting a News Talk Information format.

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Object Name
turntable pad
Date made
Columbia Records, Inc.
place made
United States
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
felt (overall material)
overall: 12 in x 12 in x 1/8 in; 30.48 cm x 30.48 cm x.3175 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Morris H. Blum
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Data Source
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