The Complete and Uncensored History of Full Throttle (Part 1)
The time has arrived to come clean about WRBCs favorite mascot. Long absent from concerts, trivia night and the front porch of Wilson House, many of you have probably been wondering what could have possibly happened to our very own 12 x 8-foot paper maché mask. After many months of internal deliberation, I have determined that the only way to properly honor this elusive member of WRBCs ever expanding mascot collection is to pay tribute to its integral role as a full-fledged member of the radio station from 2008 to 2009.
On February 1st 2008, an email was sent to the WRBC Board with “NEEEEEED THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” as the subject, followed by a link to a post on Craigslist. It was then promptly determined that the necessary paperwork would be filed to make this dream a reality. Promptly, the following email was sent:
Bradley and I are gonna get a 26′ u-haul truck to go pick this thing up in South Berwick. I mean, god dammit, who wouldn’t want to win a 12′ x 6′ mask as a trivia night prize?
Soon thereafter, transportation was arranged, and we found ourselves at the wheel of a 32′ U-Haul truck hurtling down Interstate 95 with extremely low gas mileage and hydraulic brakes. A wholesome family greeted us at our rendez-vous point, a typical home on a leafy street with a large and accommodating garage. Almost ritually, the mask was loaded into the truck, the door was latched shut, and we were on our way back to Lewiston.
As our elation began to fade, we realized the full impact of what we had just accomplished. We had gone through all the motions without even considering where the mask would be stored. Too large to fit inside the radio station and too vulnerable to leave alone in the wilderness, numerous phone calls had to be made to ensure a safe resting place for our dear friend.
Mr. Alex Hernandez, WRBC-fiend extraordinaire, kindly offered to host the mask in the Bates Outing Club boat barn as a temporary solution until a more permanent settlement had been established. Unbeknownst to Mr. Hernandez, there was no such thing as a temporary solution. The mask spent many long, cold nights with only a handful of canoes for company, while his mischievous captors enjoyed the glamorous perks of central heating and unlimited dining in their campus residences.
Please stay tuned for part two of this series, featuring a parade, two hurricanes, and an attempted kidnapping.
Nelson Harris is the co-host of Kaleo Doctor, Monday 10 PM – Midnight on WRBC