21st Century Paul Harvey: Mike Rowe

podcast art workWhen I was a kid riding around in the back set of that 1970something Chevy Impala with my parents I used to love it when that unmistakable voice of Paul Harvey would come on the radio with “The Rest of the Story”.  He just had a way of captivating people and you could not, not listen to the end.  I would always try to figure out the rest of the story before Paul revealed.  I really miss Paul Harvey on the radio.

The 21st Century has a new Paul Harvey and that man is Mike Rowe.


Mike has a new podcast called “The Way I Heard It” and it’s wonderful. In the 5-10 minute Podcasts Mike tells a short story, and in the style of Paul Harvey,  Mike waits till the end to tell us who the person is that the story is about. Some are a major shocker like Episode 13 called “On My Honor”.  Nope no spoilers here. You’ll have to go listen for your self.

Mike is using this podcast to help generate money for his foundation, the Mike Rowe Works Foundation.  Each episode is sponsored and there is a short mention of the sponsor at the beginning of each episode.  In fact, Mike makes the sponsor pitch as entertaining as the story that follows.

I want to tell you a little about the foundation but Mike does it better on his foundations website so I’m going to do a little Copyright infringement here.  This is taken straight from the foundations website “About” page. I’m sure Mike won’t mind.  I’ve sent an e-mail the the mikerowWORKS foundation asking for permission to use this but haven’t recieved a replay.  I hope they dont mind.

“The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that rewards people with a passion to get trained for skilled jobs that actually exist. As CEO of the Foundation, Mike Rowe spends a significant amount of time speaking about the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work, highlighting the widening skills gap, and challenging the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path for the most people.

Through its scholarship programs, including the Work Ethic Scholarship Program, the Foundation provides financial assistance to qualified individuals with a desire to learn a skill that is in demand. The Foundation has been instrumental in granting more than $3 million in education for trade schools across the country.”

Sounds like a great foundation doing great work. Go check out the podcast, Mike Rowe’s Website, and the Foundation’s Website. Be entertained and help Mike do some great work.