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A 1930s art deco radio station becomes a stylish home.

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Will Trinkle wanted to live in the middle of it all, and found the perfect place when he inherited an old radio station in downtown Roanoke, Va.

Will Trinkle has brought some Big Apple style to Roanoke, Va.

Converting the large studio into an elegant living area required only minor cleaning and updating.
Trinkle's bedroom is hidden behind a large wooden room divider at the end of the studio/living area.
The kitchen is new, but blends in to the older parts of the building with dark wooden cabinets, marble counters and stainless-steel appliances.

After living in New York City for more than a decade, Trinkle moved back to his hometown but maintained a bit of his metropolitan lifestyle by converting an old radio station into a trendy loft. Built in 1936, the machine-age art deco building had served as the town’s first radio station, WDBJ-AM.

Although far from the hubbub of New York, the station hosted top celebrities back in its day including Gene Autry, Shirley Temple and Hank Williams. Trinkle retained many of the interesting features of the original radio station such as the glass windows separating studios and the art deco lighting. The large studio once used for live performances became a spacious living room and a smaller studio was converted to a master bedroom. The control room is now a hospitable guest room and features the best view in the building of downtown Roanoke. Trinkle now has the best of both worlds: city living in his hometown radio station.

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