Former WANN(AM) Owner Morris Blum Dies

Former WANN(AM) Owner Morris Blum Dies
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Former WANN(AM) Owner Morris Blum Dies

Morris Blum, long-time owner of WANN(AM) in Annapolis, Md., died last weekend of cancer. He was 95.
The Baltimore Sun hailed Blum "as a pioneer in race relations for putting African-American personalities on the air more than five decades ago." He hired African-Americans for both on air and management work at the station, which aired gospel, soul or rhythm and blues - at a time when few stations were playing African-American music. Blum sold the station in 1998.
He was also involved with EAS issues for the metropolitan Washington region.


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Morris Blum Remembered as Pioneer

From the time he founded WANN(AM) in historic Annapolis in 1947 until he sold it in 1997, Morris H. Blum used his radio station to champion human rights in a city that, years before, had served as a slave arrival port.