'Dirty Jobs' television show films Dickinson communications tower construction crew
A Dickinson communications tower construction project got a helping hand from the crew of "Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe" television program Tuesday.
A small filming crew and host Mike Rowe worked with the Great Plains Tower company all day to help give some insight into the hard work involved with tower construction. The show explores the country looking for unsung heroes who are willing to get dirty and do the jobs that make civilized life possible. Rowe said this project was ideal.
"Putting up a radio tower in North Dakota is perfect," he said. "It is in a town most Americans haven't heard of, in a state that most Americans have never visited and yet it involves a service that every single American depends upon, so it is perfect."
Rowe said this was a unique job and that the show can't end until they have covered every state. This is the first time the show has filmed in North Dakota.
"This wasn't something we've done before," he said. "That was the most important thing, that and the fact that it was in a state where we hadn't shot."
Former Stark County Emergency Manager Gary Kostelecky has been involved with the construction project for almost seven years and said the existing tower was something that needed to be replaced, but the TV coverage was a bonus.
"It's good publicity for the area," he said. "Dickinson and Stark County don't always get that opportunity, so when they called and asked if they could film, I thought why not?"
Rowe said he started the show seven years ago as a tribute to his grandfather and others in his family who worked in the trades.
"I wanted to do a show that, without preaching, just had a really good time doing hard jobs with regular people," he said.
Great Plains Towers president Kevin Reski was excited.
"We are happy they chose us," he said. "Hopefully they will have something that sheds some light on tower erection companies."
The tower crew and the TV crew worked together to capture the happenings of the day, even during the rains and winds.
"This was fairly miserable, but we laughed most of the day," Rowe said.
He commended each of the crew members by name including a man he nicknamed "Crispy." "I try to give everyone a chance to boss me around."
Tower Technician Daniel Healy said it was a fun experience for the crew and it gives the TV crew some insight into the work of the company.
"There was lots of joking, a lot of jabbing and kidding around," he said. "I think they got a handful of everything to expect with the job."
A drenched Rowe agreed.
"It starts blowing sideways and raining and you are soaking wet," he said. "It is a dirty job."
The show looks to capture people in real situations in real conditions, Rowe said. This is unique in televison.
"There are no actors, there is no writing, there is no take two" he said, adding that he does not consider himself the host of a show, but a guest to the job site. "We can have a really bad day in terms of classic TV making, but wind up with a really great show."
Rhonda Kieson lives near the work site and has been a long-time fan of the show.
"It is amazing that it is happening right in our backyard," she said. "I think the show does a good job of showcasing how various jobs truly keep the country running and keep it going strong."
Rowe said that is exactly what the show aims to do. He added that his work in North Dakota has been a pleasure.
"The elements are here to be a very fun and memorable piece," he said. "I suspect it will be. In fact, I am sure it will be."
The episode air date is unknown, but the footage may air as soon as six weeks. For more information see http://dsc.discovery.com/