tyrannical bastard 2933 Posted May 10, 2021 Share Posted May 10, 2021 For the record, I would like to show the structure known as "Rex's Erection" To the left is Grace Cathedral, and to the right is the WBNX studios/offices as well as the former Cathedral Buffet. The round building is a senior apartment building that may have originally been developed by Rex Humbard as he was developing the site. On the top is what's left of the State Road Plaza. The section north of Portage Trail has already been demolished (the dirt pile), so this picture is probably circa 2009-2010. The tower was started in the 1970s and topped out at 494 feet out of a planned 750. It was to have a revolving restaurant at the top, and be very similar in appearance to the Calgary Tower. Issues with the IRS and SEC put a halt to it and Rex Humbard moved on to other things. As for WBNX, the original plan was for Rex Humbard to launch WCOT Channel 55 using the structure as a TV tower as well and renovate the current WBNX building for that purpose. The UHF History page (no longer active) took issue with the fact that Rex Humbard sold the construction permit to Ernest Angley. Supposedly, that never happened, and Channel 55 was up for grabs for a new applicant. Years later, a group called Akron-Rhema Television, headed by Rev. Amer Shab was the founding owner of WBNX. He started the station, and brokered it to Ernest Angley's Winston Broadcast Network (like the forerunner of an LMA) and eventually sold to him outright. The tower stood there for years until it was sold at a sheriff's sale to Mike Krieger, an owner of a farmer's market/health foods store up the street. He made a killing selling tower space to cell phone companies as they began taking over. So it stands today, even though it's never had anything to do with Ernest Angley, WBNX, or any antics thereof. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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