NEWPORT — If anyone happens to see a 220-foot-tall radio tower, painted orange and white and weighing about 3 tons, will you give Chuck Foster a call?
Foster has lost his tower. “It’s missing,” he said Wednesday.
Foster had been storing the tower, which was in 11 20-foot sections, in an enclosure in Newport. It was to be erected on the Badgerboro Road in Palmyra next week. Foster represents Action Communiciations, owned by Beverly Dodge, which has a license to begin airing adult contemporary music in mid-August.
All was going well, said Foster, until the tower disappeared. “Who would walk off with something that big?” asked the disc jockey.
Foster said the tower was discovered missing about the same time the Army National Guard was dismantling a metal building in the area. A check with a colonel at Camp Keyes in Augusta, however, proved fruitless. “They said they haven’t seen it,” said Foster.
“I was driving by the storage area one day about two weeks ago,” he said, “and I noticed it was gone. You should have seen the look on Police Chief (Jim) Ricker’s face when I explained to him that my radio tower had been stolen.”
Foster said that each section weighs 500 pounds and is valued at $800 each. “And no, it was not insured,” he said.
Foster said that after some initial “sobbing and curling up in a fetal position” he is now scouring the countryside for any sign of his tower. “I’m offering a reward for its recapture,” he said.
Foster, a disc jockey at a Dexter radio station, said he doesn’t believe that whoever took the tower realizes what it is.
“This is a tower specifically geared for broadcast use. It is galvanized metal with hollow legs and painted orange and white, like a good tower should be,” he said.
Foster said that anyone with information regarding the location of the tower can notify Newport Police at 368-4400 or his Bangor home at 947-4487.
Even if the tower thief wants to assemble the spire himself, said Foster, he might run into a little bit of trouble. “I have all the bolts in a white pail in my garage.”