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Celebrity Slam - Oct. 17, 2012

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The end of an era

Making fun of celebrity foibles is certainly an enjoyable pastime; it is what has made this space one of the more popular ones in our publication since its inception. Gentle (or not-so-gentle) mockery of the misdeeds of the rich and famous oftentimes makes for great entertainment.

However, sometimes an opportunity arises where we can celebrate the celebrities among us rather than debase them. This is one of those times. It was recently announced that The Mike and Mike Show, a longtime staple of area morning radio, is bringing its 15 year run to an end.

Let's be real; everyone who lives or works in the greater Bangor area has listened to the Mike and Mike Show at least once. For a decade and a half, Mike Dow and Mike Elliot have done their level best to fill our morning commutes with music and laughter. They have been welcoming hosts who wanted nothing more than to promote the innumerable wonderful things that go on in our area. If there was a cultural event or charity fundraiser going on, you could bet that Mike and Mike would go out of their way to give it a publicity push as only they could. They have been tireless advocates for the good of the community, giving back at every possible opportunity.

These are a couple of Aroostook County boys made good; childhood friends who took different paths to success in the broadcasting realm before finding themselves back home and back together again. For the past 15 years, that friendship has been on full display, allowing local listeners to share in their true and genuine affection for one another.

On a personal note, I have had the distinct pleasure of working with both Mikes at various times over the past few years. I have shared the Bangor Opera House stage with Mr. Elliot on a couple of different occasions while working on productions with Penobscot Theatre. I have the distinct pleasure of reading Mr. Dow's outstanding work as a contributing columnist here at The Maine Edge. These are the sorts of experiences that display just how multifaceted and multitalented these guys truly are.

And of course, they shine in the studio. It's really a remarkable thing to see; I have been honored to have the opportunity to sit in for both Mikes at various times. They each bring an unwavering energy to what they do. It's a pleasure to watch them work; all a humble guest host needs to do nothing but hold on tight and enjoy the ride.

I could go on and on about what Mike and Mike bring to the airwaves, but frankly, I've already said more than I need to. We all know how great these guys are at their jobs because we've all heard it as it happens. We've been enjoying The Mike and Mike Show since 1997.

Just for perspective's sake, let's look back at 1997. The top-rated television shows were 'ER' and 'Seinfeld' and the top-selling album of the year was 'Spice' by the Spice Girls. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was just 13 years old, still years away from social media success. There was no such thing as an iPhone. 'American Idol' and 'Survivor' didn't exist; reality TV was not yet the entertainment juggernaut it is today.

Times have certainly changed.

Bear in mind that this is no eulogy; both Mr. Dow and Mr. Elliot will still be on our local airwaves, each bringing their unique humor and talent out of our speakers and into our heads and hearts. It's hard to complain about getting even more opportunities to enjoy the two of them on an individual level. Still, saying good-bye to an institution such as The Mike and Mike Show won't be easy. Nor should it be.

It might seem a little silly to be waxing so nostalgically about a goofy drive-time radio show. And maybe it is a little silly, but there's no denying the impact of these two men. They have done more to celebrate and improve this community than most of us could ever dream of doing.

Fare thee well, Mike and Mike. We look forward to hearing all about what's coming next.

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