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That Time Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” Suddenly Began Singing Opera in the Middle of a Newsroom

Who doesn’t love Mike Rowe? Among the countless cool things about this champion of the working man is the sheer fact that he always seems like he has a story to tell. Rowe has a new reality show on CNN called Somebody’s Gotta Do It (you know, as in, “It’s a dirty job BUT…”), and he sat down with Brooke Baldwin to promote it.

It turns out that Mike had quite a few interesting careers before finding accidental success doing gross things on the Discovery Channel. Among them, he was a QVC host, and at one time, an opera singer! Wait, what?

It’s true; as Rowe explains, he essentially faked his way into a job with the Baltimore Opera in order to get into the Screen Actors Guild and pursue a career in acting and commercials. Of course, if you want to get hired by the opera, you’d better have some pipes. So, Mike went ahead and taught himself the easiest aria he could find, and the rest is history.

With a little bit of encouragement from Brooke, Mike gave us a little taste of his past right in the middle of CNN’s live newsroom, amid some concerned stares as he belted out the piece that earned him that union card.

Good for him!


Matt Fox

Senior Editor

Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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