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Recently, we had the opportunity to visit a remarkable piece of Jackson's broadcasting heritage. To our delight, we encountered the new owner, Scott Allen, amidst his plans to rejuvenate the property. Purchased recently, the site is poised for transformation, with Allen at the helm. His immediate intention is to dismantle the studio extension, a structure from the 1970s that has seen better days and now stands in disrepair. Allen is currently exploring the idea of converting the original building—a structure whose design echoes the classic Philco radios of yesteryear—into residential space. During our conversation, we proposed the concept of repurposing it into an Air BnB, a suggestion that marries the building's unique historical character with modern tourism and hospitality. The station, which resembles an old Philco radio, was once the transmission heart of Mississippi's second radio station and Jackson's very first. It began its broadcast life in 1929, filling the airwaves with the voices and stories of the era. The actual broadcasting studio was located at what was then the Lamar Life and is now known as the Standard Life building in downtown Jackson. Notably, this station was a pioneer in the Mississippi broadcast scene, following the state's first radio station in Vicksburg, just 44 miles to the west. WQBC in Vicksburg was the trailblazer, licensed on 1420 kHz and commencing its broadcasts on October 24, 1927. With Allen's vision, the station is set to embark on a new chapter. It's a nod to its storied past and a bridge to a future where history is not only preserved but also appreciated by new generations and visitors alike. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting project that blends history, preservation, and innovation—a true testament to Jackson's evolving narrative. #JacksonHistory #RadioRevival #HistoricPreservation #ScottAllen #AirBnB #MississippiBroadcasting #PhilcoRadio #LamarLifeBuilding #WQBC #VintageRadioStation Visit our website for more stories on historical renovations and the unique past of Jackson's architectural landmarks.

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