Mike sent in this picture of himself with Dirty Jobs Complete during one of his rare shopping trips. This has given the My Dirty Jobs Facebook page the idea ~ send them your photo of you at your local store next to the Dirty Jobs product display. Who knows maybe you will get your picture posted on Facebook next to Mike! Read More...
Boots crafted in the USA to be launched for Holiday 2012 as part of the Mike Rowe Works by Cat Footwear collection
ROCKFORD, Mich., July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Cat® Footwear announced today they are launching a new Mike Rowe Works by Cat Footwear work boot made in the USA for the holiday 2012 collection. As part of their partnership with Mike Rowe –creator, host and executive producer of Discovery Channel’s popular television show ‘Dirty Jobs’ — Cat Footwear will be manufacturing the Made in the USA work boots in the Wolverine World Wide plant in Big Rapids, Michigan. Read More...
Ford Celebrity Mike Rowe
7/13/2012 – by Jean Scheid
If you don’t know who Mike Rowe is, we’re betting you don’t watch much television! But Covert Ford knows many of our customers do know this silly “dirty” guy, TV narrator and yes, opera singer. Above all, we love him as a Ford Motor Company spokesman because as a “genuine kind of guy” he brings with him the trust all our customers love!
The Scouting Rowe
Michael Gregory Rowe was born in 1962 in Baltimore Maryland; his parents are John and Peggy Rowe. As a kid he, like many of our customers, excelled in the Boy Scouts; in 1979 he was awarded the top achievement of Eagle Scout. Mike said of the award, “The Eagle Award is not really meant for people who need to be dragged across the finish line. It’s mean for a select few.” If you know or are an Eagle Scout, this is so true and kudos for Young Mike’s accomplishment!
Because Mike was a stutterer, while in high school, the choir teacher encouraged him to try singing to break the stuttering and it worked! After college he ended up singing with the Baltimore Opera—quite the feat! Of this job Mike said: “I joined the opera to get my union card and meet girls. I was a saloon singer so I went down to the Baltimore Opera and learned an aria and auditioned. I figured I’d do one show and quit. But the girls were everywhere and the truth is, the music was really decent.” In fact, in one episode of his TV show Dirty Jobs, Rowe signs our National Anthem and does it pretty well!
Since 2003, and with approximately 176 episodes aired, Mike Rowe has been, well doing some dirty stuff! What we mean is his TV show Dirty Jobs, most likely based off the old saying, “It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it!” The concept of this show was to find the dirtiest of jobs and jump right in with those who do the job each and every day. Since its inception, Mike has embarked on jobs such as a bat dung collector, road kill collector, sewer inspector and sludge cleaner to name just a few.
In 2006 he took on the job of monkey caretaker in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa where he faced the feared monkey Penny! This must-watch episode aired in Season Two if you’re a DVD collector of the show. The most recent episodes in 2012 included Rowe exploring how to be an onion processor, medical waste disposal expert and fish squeezer!
The advantage of appearing in this get down and dirty show is Mike’s creation of mikeroweWORKS.com which is a tribute to blue collar professionals everywhere. Job well done we say!
Rowe has been the voice behind a fan favorite TV show, Deadliest Catch and host of the after show, After the Catch where his interviews with captains and deckhands is pretty cool. The show Deadliest Catch airs on the Discovery Channel and revolves around various Bearing Sea crab fishermen, their boats and the dangers they face. Watch one episode of After the Catch and you get the feeling Mike really loves these fearless fishermen!
At Covert Ford, this is the best gig Mike Rowe has! Since 2007 he’s been pitching Ford F150s, Ford service, Ford vehicles and even the Ford Sync. You may have seen him also pitch years ago on QVC and beyond being a Ford Motor Company spokesperson, he also appears in blue jean and paper towel brand commercials. We think his Ford F150 commercials are some of the best! But perhaps his video on our Ford Super Duty Trucks is tops!
We Would Buy From Him!
With Mike Rowe’s amazing “guy-next-door” quality, Covert Ford is happy he’s a top Ford talker on TV and we bet our customers do too! After all, we know our Ford trucks are tough and yep, we’d buy a Ford vehicle from Mike—wouldn’t you?
The show began with 3 pilot episodes in 2003 and in 2005 became a successful series. Mike Rowe created the show as a tribute to his Grandfather. The show has been a huge success and is now aired in over 180 countries.
The show highlights the hard working men and women in America who aren’t afraid to get dirty and who make civilized life possible for the rest of us. On the show Mike gives their dirty job a go and is basically an apprentice for a day. Mike has done at least one dirty job in every state of America. He has worked over 300 dirty jobs on the show so far.
However, this years production of the show takes on a new twist, as Mike and the Dirty Jobs crew take the show international.
The first country on their agenda was Australia .
They recently filmed several segments of the show there and highlighted local places and people. Mike and the crew filmed segments in Adelaide, Coober Pedy (located in outback South Australia) and in other states across the country.
These episodes of Dirty Jobs (international) with Mike Rowe will air later this year in the US and a few months later on the Discovery Channel in Australia.
When Mike and the shows producer, Dave Barsky were asked why they chose Australia, they said it was something they had talked about for a long time and had always wanted to take the show there. Mike said he liked Australian’s laid back way of life. He also said the city of Adelaide was a very nice place to be.
It is rumored that the show may also travel to China and Italy.
As well as being the host of Dirty Jobs, Mike Rowe is busy with his non profit organization, mikeroweWORKS which brings attention to America’s widening skills gap. www.mikeroweworks.com
By Alison Schneider
Soooo… an editorial appeared in the May issue of the Industrial Safety & Hygiene News (ISHN) Magazine. Needless to say, Mike wanted to further help clear the confusion about “Safety Third” and try to help people understand what he’s been saying all along. Over here at mrW, we know how busy he is and were quite surprised to get his thoughtful reply to the editorial. I mean, he’s traveling more than ever and people write stuff about him all the time without talking to him. Anyway, we decided to post his reply first and then the editorial that sparked it. Read it and decide for yourself – what do you think about safety on the job?:
Mike Rowe here, Dirty Jobs, etc.
I’m writing to thank you for your article in May’s edition of ISHN, and for sharing with your readers a few of my comments on workplace safety. Over the years, I’ve learned that some Safety Professionals do not always welcome criticism, especially from a smart aleck TV Host. Read More...