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  • Mike Rowe has Breaking News April 9, 2014 This Just In… So I’m here in New York City, making some new friends at a Network Upfront. Upfronts are annual events hosted by broadcasters. read more...
  • People Magazine and the Passing of Mrs. P. April 9, 2014 Mike ponders his vigilant, red pen toting journalism teacher who shared her angst over alliteration and the time People magazine came calling wanting him to get naked. read more...
  • We Need More Dam Workers April 8, 2014 One of the fun but annoying things about being me is the inability to read a simple headline without becoming immediately transported to a specific moment on Dirty Jobs. Here for instance, is an article about the men who maintain the Hoover Dam – one of the greatest engineering and architectural wonders of the modern era. Apparently, a big chunk ... read more...
  • Want to Know what Led to Dirty Jobs & the Destruction of my Prior Career? March 24, 2014 Dirty Jobs has been out of production for two years now, but not a day goes by that someone doesn’t ask me, “How did such a disgusting show ever get on the air?” Until now, that’s a question I’ve traditionally deflected. Partly because the answer involves a sewer, a rat, countless condoms, several million roaches, many hundreds of tampons, vomit, urine, ... read more...
  • OFF THE WALL: Regarding For Profit Technical Schools March 21, 2014 Today’s comment off the wall comes from David Brugh. “Mike – what’s your take on the Feds calling technical schools “for-profit” and claiming these schools are predatory? I think – and my teenagers, for whom your mikeroweworks campaign has really resonated – think this is bullcrap.” Hi David – I think your kids have summed it up nicely! Many technical schools are ... read more...
  • OFF THE WALL: Ottawa Shop Class Crisis March 21, 2014   Today’s Off the Wall comes from Shelby, and a few hundred others who posted similar comments about a situation in Illinois. Shelby says: “Quite a story brewing in small town Ottawa, Illinois after the high school board voted for raises for the administration then cut the building trades class. Students, parents and tradesman protest. 2 days in a row now. Local business ... read more...
  • Mike’s Birthday Voice-Over Session March 19, 2014 So I walked into a recording booth this morning to narrate the first episode of a new season of Deadliest Catch. read more...
  • PEOPLE MAGAZINE AND THE PASSING OF MRS. P March 14, 2014 Back in Community College, I had a journalism teacher named Paula Pumphrey. We called her Mrs. P, and she was fantastic. Once, I turned in a feature story that I felt was maybe the best thing I’d ever written. In particular, I thought my first sentence really sang… “On a misty morning in Southern Maryland, Mitchell Mycroft made a massive miscalculation ... read more...
  • There’s No Such Thing as Free Press February 24, 2014 I’m back. Three days of press, five hours of sleep, four bottles of wine, a speech, a job offer, 5,000 form letters, and a couple of good-natured death threats. All because of a commercial that I narrated about American manufacturing paid for by Walmart. Press tours are fun! Oscar Wilde said, “the only thing worse than people talking about you is ... read more...
  • Take Heart! February 17, 2014 After a lot of careful reflection regarding the 7 million page views and 20,000 comments over the last few days, I’ve decided to provide a link to something that has nothing to do with Walmart, capitalism, socialism, unions, right-to-work, income distribution, liberals, low prices, low wages, skilled labor, welfare, conservatives, rich people, poor people, public relations, off-shoring, on-shoring, minimum wage, ... read more...
  • Mike Rowe’s Response to Facebook Comments on Walmart Commercial Voiceover February 14, 2014 Here is post #1 of 3 on Facebook regarding the Facebook response to Mike’s Walmart voiceover commercial, February 9, 2014 Last night during the Olympics, a commercial started running called “I Am a Factory.” It’s part of a larger campaign sponsored by Walmart, called “Work is a Beautiful Thing.” The commercial features real people doing real work in real factories all ... read more...
  • Clean-Up In Aisle Four! February 12, 2014 This whole Walmart thing. Wow. Just…wow. If you’re just tuning in, here’s a brief timeline. – Last week, I did the voiceover for a commercial that announced Walmart’s commitment to purchase 250 billion dollars of American made goods and put them onto their shelves. – This Saturday, the commercial ran during The Olympics, and people started talking. Some of the talk wasn’t very ... read more...
  • I Like Cops February 11, 2014 I like cops. Always have. And as far as I know, they like me. Couple years ago, I was invited to host the annual Medal of Valor ceremony in Los Angeles. There, 21 of LA’s finest were awarded the highest accommodation a police officer can receive. My job that day was to read the details of 21 meritorious acts into the ... read more...
  • DUCK!!! January 3, 2014 So I was walking around the streets of San Francisco this morning, enjoying a cup of organically roasted, free-trade coffee from an independent, minority-owned establishment run by some immigrants whose legal status is completely irrelevant, when an elderly woman asked me out of the blue how Phil Robertson was holding up with all the drama around Duck Dynasty. “Pretty good,” I ... read more...
  • Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad December 16, 2013 John and Peggy Rowe have been married for exactly 53 years. If you ask them how they did it, you’ll learn their commitment to the truth did not extend to their children. read more...