Blogs / Articles

  • Essence of Professional Host March 6, 2013 After the CatchHere we have a candid After the Catch photo circa 2007, capturing the essence of the Professional Host. read more...
  • Through Oscar’s Back Door March 4, 2013 Mike Rowe and Oscar the GrouchThere we were on the venerable Sesame Street. Of the events that would unfold, I’m not saying I’m proud. I’m just saying they happened read more...
  • Twelve Year Old Connor Asks Mike Rowe about Life Lessons He’s Learned February 22, 2013 For-Connor-BlogDear Mr. Rowe: Hello, my name is Connor Watkins, and I am twelve years old. I met you last fall with my dad at the Cleveland Airport. At school we were told to ask successful people what the most important lessons in life are. I asked my parents who told me it was important to treat others the way you want ... read more...
  • Steve and Me February 20, 2013 Mike Rowe and Steve WatsonIt’s a funny thing, figuring out what to do next. And what not do to. read more...
  • Terribly Important People February 13, 2013 A DC BoardroomOne poster grimly noted, “pictures of large stuffed animals lying in the street do not seem consistent with a serious attempt to close our country’s skills gap.” Perhaps this dynamic photo will help assuage concerns? read more...
  • Duck the Duck February 11, 2013 Mike Rowe and the Stuffed DuckI was trudging home from the gym, when I caught a flash of color in my peripheral vision. Something large and yellowish was moving very quickly through the air. read more...
  • An Old Friend February 1, 2013 Marine Corps BallFor Flashback Friday, I offer you this photo of me at the Marine Corps Ball with a highly decorated Gunnery Sergeant and an old friend. read more...
  • Winning! January 28, 2013 Not My EmmyOMG! read more...
  • Celebrities in Competition with Veteran Voice Actors? January 24, 2013 Jan-24-Mikes-BlogFrom MRW Water Cooler: Q: Mike, have you seen this? Celebs muffle the voice of experience Even though you are considered a celebrity are you concerned that you may lose out on future voice over jobs, or are you well known and respected enough to not have to worry? — Liz   Hi Liz For the past few years, the LA Times has run a version ... read more...
  • Charm Is Overrated January 10, 2013 How Booze Built America ShootHere we have an interesting study in collaboration in the field, involving an openly skeptical producer, an exhausted director and … me, doing my best to persuade. read more...
  • The Winding Road that Lead to Dirty Jobs January 8, 2013 Ostrich-FarmerFrom the MRW Water Cooler: Q: Dear Mike, In one of your episodes you launched into a rather well-sung rendition of “Vecchia zimarra” from “La Boheme.” I’m an opera singer and voice teacher, and immediately recognized your excellent diction and lovely bass/baritone voice. Where did you train, and did you ever sing opera professionally? Also, for heaven’s sake, how does one begin ... read more...
  • Seen AND Heard January 8, 2013 Silver Rush VoiceoverNormally, when I do voiceovers, I sit for a few hours and read under the cloak of invisibility — sipping my beverage, picking my nose, and scratching what itches. Those days are over. read more...
  • Tom Hanks Called Me…Maybe? January 7, 2013 Mikes-Blog-Killing-LincolnThere’s lots of press out there around a documentary called Killing Lincoln, airing next month on the National Geographic Channel. It reminded me of a phone call I got from Tom Hanks a few months ago. Conversation went like this… (Ring R…ing) Mike: Hello? Tom: Hey Mike, how’s it going? Mike: Fine. Who’s this? Tom: It’s Tom! Mike: Tom? Tom: Tom Hanks. Mike: Get out of here. Tom: No, ... read more...
  • Talking With Tom Hanks January 6, 2013 Lincoln and MeThere’s lots of press out there around Killing Lincoln. It reminded me of a phone call I got from Tom Hanks a few months ago. The conversation went like this… read more...
  • Call It a Resolution January 3, 2013 Mike Rowe at the GymI, Mike Rowe, do hereby publicly pledge to avoid the gym for the entire month of January, and husband my strength for a healthy and vigorous February. read more...