Mike Rowe The host of CNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” weighs in on how to experience his hometown like a local.
This hometown boy got down with unsung laborers in his first show, Discovery’s “Dirty Jobs.” Now, Rowe features people with a passion for unique callings—among them, those promoting the Baltimore he knows and loves (check local listings). Here, Rowe talks Charm City and his own “dirty” job.— AKD Why produce a show like this? Part curiosity, part fondness for my fellow man, part contempt for the state of nonfiction television. This is a simple show about real people doing stuff they love. I think it’s important to have a few shows like this on the air somewhere. Why do you have to do it? I wanted to do another show where I could still be the person I am in real life. This is the only format that allows me to do that. I also wanted to shine a light on people I think the country ought to meet. What’s the biggest challenge to promoting Baltimore? Telling the truth. Many people assume the whole town is like “The Wire” or “Homicide.” Of course, that’s not the case, but neither is it all sunshine and rainbows. Too often, tourism bureaus will overcompensate and present a view that’s no less lopsided than the image they’re attempting to correct. Most people can see through that sort of propaganda. The best way to get to know Baltimore better? I took a water taxi all over the harbor and saw some sights from a perspective I’d not seen before. Do that. Aside from that, do the obvious. Drive around. Get lost. Get found again. Where are you going next? Oregon. Something about moving a herd of elk with helicopters, an elephant gun and large nets.