EBS Exceptional Service Award

EBS Exceptional Service Award

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Description (Brief)

This award was presented to Morris Blum, owner of radio station WANN (1190 AM), by The Federal Emergency Broadcast System, in 1987. It is a brown-stained wood plaque with a brass plate. The plate is printed:

Exceptional Service
Presented to
MARCH 30, 1987
for exceptional voluntary
service on behalf of the
Nation's Emergency Broadcast System
Edward J. Minkel
Managing Director
Federal Communication Commission

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
presentation date
Blum, Morris H.
Award Crafters, Inc.
place made
United States: Virginia, Fairfax
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 12 in x 9 in x 1 in; 30.48 cm x 22.86 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Morris H. Blum
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