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Dirtiest Man On TV Mike Rowe Wants To Put People Back To Work

Sep 21, 2016

Mike Rowe, Baltimore native and former host of "Dirty Jobs" and "Somebody's Gotta Do It"
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Ahead of his one man show Dirty Talk at the Modell Performing Arts Center, "dirtiest man on TV" Mike Rowe joins Midday host Tom Hall to talk about rolling up his sleeves and getting down to work in some of the hardest professions on Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs and later Somebody’s Gotta Do It which aired on CNN from 2014 until May 2016.

These days Mike has turned his focus to closing the skills gap by providing scholarships through the mikeroweWORKS Foundation for people who want to learn a skill or trade that is in high demand. Mike says the desire to start the foundation came from meeting thousands of skilled workers who make good livings and are passionate about their careers. Many of the folks he shadowed did not have advanced degrees, a point that isn’t missed on Mike. He says as a society we put too much emphasis on obtaining a four-year degree as the only path to success and not enough on obtaining a skill set in a specific vocation that could lead to a successful career. 

Mike also shares how he got his big break into showbiz when Tom Hall hired him for an opera in 1983. 

Dirty Talk with Mike Rowe happens on Saturday, September 24 at the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric. The show begins at 8pm. For more info click here.