Duck of Justice

The Duck of Justice for 8/24/17: ‘We will always have Rome’

The DOJ meets Mike Rowe, TC reminisces on past radio days

Mike Rowe’s selfie with the Duck of Justice.
The Bangor Police Department

A throwback photo of Lt. Tim Cotton at ‘Stephen King’s Rock’n Roll radio station’, then Z-62.
Bangor Police Department

From the Bangor Police Department

When the lovely and talented Brandy Cain contacted me and then put me on the phone with #TheRealMikeRowe I was taken aback.

His voice is not as deep when he is calling from Rome (Maine). We shared a couple of laughs about eating cereal with the one clean spoon in his villa, and spoke of a few more important matters. He can tell you all about that later on his Facebook series.

The 0-dark-thirty flight from Bangor to Rome was booked, so we took a cruiser. Chief Hathaway, who told me that last time he went out after dark was when the gas stove blew at camp, came along as well.

We had a fantastic time, and Mike was all we dreamed he would be. No, he did not wear his green plaid robe of shame but he did look like the dusty character we all know and love.

In the end, he spent time with the Duck of Justice. He seemed enamored more than I would expect of a man who just met a duck.

His selfie time with the DOJ was uncomfortable, but we stood back and watched him click pics like a Kardashian directly after the removal of their wisdom teeth and just prior to the gas wearing off.

Not pretty.

Thanks Mike. Seriously. Kind words about our page and my horrific comma usage will go a long way toward the raise that I have been asking for since 2012. I won’t get it, but we will always have Rome.

Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people’s things alone, and be kind to one another.

I have an analog mind, and I am living in a digital world.

If you are somewhat creative, and I know most of you are, you could use Madonna’s “Material Girl” for a soundtrack in order to sing that first sentence to yourself today.

Ear Worms- you’re welcome.

When they told me that I would be doing the Bangor Police Department Facebook page in 2014, I didn’t know what I was going to do. So I reverted to what I was learned when “Your Pal Bobby Russell” and I worked together doing morning radio in Bangor, Maine.

Open the microphone, talk to people like we have been friends for years, maybe add a little weather and sarcasm, and bring up AC/DC’s “Who Made Who.”

We spun actual records before that new fangled CD thing came out. Like I said, I grew up analog. I liked it.

While law enforcement has been the best job I ever had. I learned more about talking to people and making them laugh (sometimes it helped them confess to crimes) right there in radioland.

Bobby Russell was a big part of that. He is kind, sarcastic, a great family man and my favorite radio guy.

In some of my essays, you probably see that I mention the music on “100.3” because when I was locked in a cruiser for up to 14 hours a day, I still worked with Bobby Russell. Because life has a soundtrack, and cops like music.

WKIT 100.3 HD

Yup, this vintage photograph of TC was taken in 1984 or 1985. Right here in Bangor at “Stephen King’s Rock’n Roll radio station.”

I know, I know, it’s pretty obvious that Mr. King did not teach me to write. I wish I could find that shirt though.

At the time of this pic, we were rocking Maine on the AM dial at Z-62. The jingle was awesome-with huge amounts of thunderous reverb “From the Canadian border to the rock bound southern coast-WZON Zeeeeee 62”

Bobby Russell is still doing it and doing it well. The station became WKIT 100.3 after I moved off in pursuit of peace, justice, and the American way. Mr. King still owns the station that plays that naughty rock and roll.

See, I took the long way around in order to become a cop. I am really glad I did.

Bobby gave me this picture, which I did not know existed, when I went over last year for their throwback weekend extravaganza.

It’s just me, in an awesome shirt, sitting under a clock wasting time between songs. Sort of like now.

What are you doing this weekend? We need to know. What’s you’re favorite song? Tell us about you. We like to know.

Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people’s things alone, and be kind to one another.

All we have is each other.

The men and women of the Bangor Police Department will be here.



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