“The Deacon” Name Tag

“The Deacon” Name Tag

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WANN radio DJ “The Deacon” used this name tag during the 1950s and 1960s in Annapolis, Maryland. The blue fabric name tag in a pin-back rectangular brass frame is printed “THE DEACON.” A blue ribbon hangs from the brass frame is printed “WANN/DIAL/1190” in gold lettering.

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
name tag
date made
place made
United States
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 5 in x 2 1/4 in x 3/8 in; 12.7 cm x 5.715 cm x.9525 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Morris H. Blum
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