Blogs / Articles

  • Community College of Baltimore County – Mike Rowe Alumni Interview May 24, 2012 To everyone who has ever felt guilty about not having a career plan, look to Mike Rowe and hold your head high. Here’s a man who admittedly – and consciously – has lived a “go with the flow” life, and made it work remarkably to his advantage. Even without a clear-cut occupational strategy, attributes like flexibility, spontaneity and healthy doses of ... read more...
  • Dick Clark April 27, 2012 Back in 1996 I got a phone call from a television producer.  His name was Tom Frank, and he wanted to know if I might be interested in hosting a game show. Apparently, my demo reel had made an impression. “This is quite possibly the worst demo reel I’ve ever seen,” said Tom Frank. “There’s nothing on here but outtakes and ... read more...
  • Dirty Jobs Deserves Credit in Helping Launch the Reality ‘Jobs’ Genre April 19, 2012 From the MRW Water Cooler: Q: Are there other shows that you know came from a Dirty Jobs idea? Do you guys get credit for that? – Anita L Hi Anita, I talked to a reporter the other day who observed that Dirty Jobs launched an entire genre of cable programming. That might be a bit grand, but it’s not crazy. Back in ... read more...
  • Mike Rowe is not Discouraged by Discouragement March 29, 2012 From the MRW Water Cooler: Q: On those long exhausting days where nothing seems to go right, what do you do to keep from being discouraged? — Jessica   Hi Jessica “Discouraged” is an interesting word. Literally, it implies the absence of “courage.” I don’t have any advice on how to be courageous. You either are or you aren’t. The only thing I ... read more...
  • The Humor of Fred King ~ Something He Really Sank his Chops Into March 8, 2012 History with Baltimore, TSU, and Freddie King ~ Freddie was one of my main memories of college life, many years ago. He was going back to school to get, I believe, his Masters of Arts or doctorate in conducting? I don’t remember which. I dO remember, however, those teeth of his. He was always popping them at us during performances. ... read more...
  • The Education Gap brought about in part…by Education February 23, 2012 From the MRW Water Cooler Q: Mike, over the years I have spent time working with young people that are excited about working in one trade or another, until their parents “put out the fire” and announce “oh no, you are going to college”. Although I agree that one should try to continue their education, many students would benefit by first ... read more...
  • Mike Stretches his Thespian Muscles Playing Tim Allen’s Brother on ‘Last Man Standing’ February 9, 2012 From the MRW Water Cooler:   Q; Mike, I’m just kind of curious why this particular sitcom and why now….? Was it that the script and character were too good to pass up appealing to your repressed inner thespian or something more mercenary? And how long does it take for them to make you beautiful anyway? Was it at all difficult to get into ... read more...
  • 7 Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires January 25, 2012 Men’s Health News By J. Rentilly Not since Huey Lewis and the News has America’s working class had such an iconic, affable brother in arms—or elbow grease, or sewage sludge or aviary vomit, as the case may be—as in Mike Rowe. Host of Discovery Channel’s much-watched Dirty Jobs (Tuesdays, 9 p.m.), which casts a loving spotlight and a spitball of mischievous humor ... read more...
  • What’s Worse – a Bully or a Crybaby? November 18, 2011 That’s a tough one. Nobody likes a bully, but they’re easy enough to deal with if you’re willing to fight back. Crybabies on the other hand, while not overtly dangerous, pose a more insidious threat to polite society. They sow the seeds of victim-hood with their chronic whining, slowly replacing personal responsibility with self-pity and misplaced blame. Either way, bullies and crybabies are ... read more...
  • Hey Mike Rowe – How Do You Talk About Taxes Without Mentioning “Rich” or “Poor”? October 26, 2011 From the MRW Water Cooler: Q: “Obama was trying to make a point about the amount of money various groups of people contribute to the country compared to what they earn, how else could he say it without mentioning the rich or the poor?” — A Ok, I’ll give it a shot. (cough cough) “My fellow Americans. I know that many of you ... read more...
  • Back to School – Lessons from Mike, “If You Ever Find Yourself in a Sewer” September 29, 2011 Mike instructs young Wyatt on the safest way way to maneuver in a sewer. Feel free to take notes in case there is a pop quiz or in case you find yourself in a sewer too. My son and daughter love Dirty Jobs and I watch it too. My son Wyatt’s favorite episodes are the ones in the sewer. He would ... read more...
  • What the Chuck? September 14, 2011 When you’re a freelance actor struggling to find work in an industry where unemployment hovers around 95%, you have two recurring dreams: • Finding steady work on a hit TV show. • Finding a friend with steady work on a hit TV show. Personal relationships in show business are very important, and the easiest way for an actor to find a job is ... read more...
  • Mike Rowe Remembers Fred King (Podcast #5) September 3, 2011 As most of you here know, mrW was launched three years ago on Labor Day. I’m told by one of my loyal staff members that Labor Day at mrW is a bit like Christmas. With no presents and no decorations on hand, I’m not so sure the comparison holds up, but who am I to argue? So, in the spirit ... read more...
  • Mike Remembers the Day Dirty Jobs Really did Bite! August 3, 2011 Mike recalls his 2006 Shark Week adventure  for the Discovery Channel. One day down the road, when I’ve had an opportunity to fully digest the events, I’ll look back on April of 2006, and shake my head in wonder and gratitude. I arrived home to San Francisco, by way of Baltimore, by way of Nassau, by way of Bimini, by way of ... read more...
  • Relatively Speaking about the Voiceover Community July 22, 2011 From Mike’s forum on Discovery: Q: Mike, I know the number of people doing voice overs are fairly small, relatively speaking (no pun intended). Do you ever meet with other voice over actors – the ones who narrate the other DC shows? I know your schedules tight, but is there a trade group – like SAG for film actors, conventions? – ... read more...