KCOR Microphone

KCOR Microphone

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Description
This model 55 Shure microphone was used at the KCOR-AM radio building in San Antonio, Texas during the 1950s. First introduced in 1939, the microphone became iconic due to its adoption by radio personalities and musical acts. The microphone uses Shure’s “Unidyne” element, a pick-up element that only accepts sounds from one direction and forms a cardioid sensitivity pattern. KCOR was licensed and operated by Raoul A. Cortez (1905-1971), a pioneer of Spanish-language media in the United States. Cortez later established the KCOR-TV station in 1955, and programmed his stations to serve the Spanish-speaking community in Texas.
Object Name
microphone
maker
Shure
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
grey, black (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 11 1/2 in x 5 1/8 in x 7 in; 29.21 cm x 13.0175 cm x 17.78 cm
ID Number
2015.0002.03
model number
555
S56
catalog number
2015.0002.03
accession number
2015.0002
Credit Line
Gift of Univision Communications, Inc.
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American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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