As the host of NBC Sports Network's Charlie Moore: No Offense, Charlie Moore has the best job in the world.
The veteran sports personality (he spent 17 years on regional network NESN before moving to ESPN, then Versus and now NBC Sports) is now on his third TV series with his name in the title. No Offense sees Moore embark on all sorts of adventures with various public figures. It's a far cry from the usual in-studio interview program.
Just after the launch of the show's second season, which includes appearances from the likes of Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and boxer Micky Ward, Charlie and I talked about not just the show, but whether sports hosts can also be sports fans.
Were there any particular highlights from the second season of No Offense that the audience should definitely look forward to?
There were a lot of highlights. I boxed with Mickey Rourke after The Fighter came out; he's a champion and a great friend.
We played with the New York Islanders. My son Anthony and I went down from New York, and obviously being from Boston, that was interesting. We played a whole game of hockey with the Islanders. It was pretty cool.
I spent time with the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Was there anything that you wanted to do that didn't make the cut?
I always get to do what I want to do (laughs). I always want to do something different, something unique. That's the beautiful thing about the show. The show is all about having fun and catching people in a unique setting.
Having done so many things in so many different places, what's the most important thing you've learned from your TV travels?
Just to have fun. I love going to a new area or a new lake or a new guest. If you take someone who's an athlete and you take them into a new area, outside of the locker room, they open up.
To me, the show is all about going into an area. It's a whole lifestyle show. It's completely different throughout the country, depending on where you go. It's never boring. The one thing I like about No Offense is that it's always different.
Working in sports, obviously you're also a fan of certain sports teams. How do you balance your work with your being a fan? Or do you even have to with your show?
I don't have to, it's a beautiful thing. Charlie Moore: No Offense is more about my personality matching up with someone else's personality. I love the Patriots and Bruins; football and hockey are my favorites.
When I went to the Islanders locker room, I came walking in with a Bruins jersey. Everybody kind of knows I'm a Boston sports fan and everyone kind of knows I'm going to shove it in your face. It's definitely a persona. It goes along with the territory.
As a fan, is there a particular quality that you look for when you're watching other sports personalities?
Yeah, honesty. People believe in a sport; they don't have to be politically correct about where they are and what they're doing. If they love a team, they support them. I think if more people were honest in television, it'd be accepted a little different.
Nationally, they've got to be more neutral, and I get that, but I'm talking about more television hosts. Support your hometown and what you like and be honest about what you like regardless. It's healthy.
There's so much on television today [and] more Internet. Online is where the real honesty [is]; on-air you're still a network guy. It's more raw, where on-camera, you're still getting paid by the network, so it's pretty much you'd better do what they say.
You've hosted three different TV shows and even written a book. Do you have any career ambitions still?
I've got some new shows [and] a new cookbook in the works. I just shot a pilot for A&E about my life.
Are there any shows that you love to watch?
As far as sports goes, I like all sports. I watch all the shows. There's a good book by Jon Gruden about coaching.
I like Anthony Bourdain; [I'm] getting into food and travel and stuff like that.
To me it's about personality. Just recently on television, there's no guy's guy. It's hard out there to tell it like it is when you have people paying your salary.
My thanks to Charlie Moore for taking the time for this interview. To learn more about him, visit his official website at charliemoore.com.