An old prison cellblock is getting a makeover as students help build a radio station out of the old building and transform it into a studio for a new community radio station.
In Skowhegan, Maine, five students from the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences and a retired local carpenter are transforming the four cells in the 1895 building into modern workspaces for a new radio station.
Master carpenter Richard Tessier is working with students to make shelves and countertops for the four cells for when they are home to WXNZ this summer, announced Lolly Phoenix, president of the Wesserunsett Arts Council. “They’re building all the parts that we’re going to need to turn the old jailhouse into the radio station,” Phoenix said Tuesday. “We’re calling the music mix ‘Americana’ — anything with American roots. We’re going to be as inclusive as we can be.”
Tessier says that the four cells will be a music library, a broadcast studio, a composition studio and a large lobby area.