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KCOR Microphone

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Work and Industry: Electricity
Cultures & Communities
Communications
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
ID Number
2015.0002.03
model number
555
S56
catalog number
2015.0002.03
accession number
2015.0002
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.
Credit Line
Gift of Univision Communications, Inc.
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
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Object Name
microphone
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746af-e52d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
Record ID
nmah_1591213

KCOR Microphone

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