PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — Captain Wild Bill Wichrowski may be known as the short-tempered skipper of the Cape Caution on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” but at heart, he’s just a normal fisherman from Pittsburgh.

“In actuality I’m a pretty good motivator,” Wichrowski says about the way he’s portrayed on the show. “I try to push these guys through and I coax them along, but a lot of the times what the viewership sees is just me being angry and screaming and hollering, which is tough to see sometimes. I’m a way nicer guy in person than they show me on TV.”

But he says being on the show has given him a world of opportunities, including charitable ones.

“I do work with breast cancer, Wounded Warriors, I got a new program about taking kids fishing, get kids off the couch, get them away from the video consoles,” he says. “Being on the show has given us a voice that people listen to and its opened a lot of doors. I get to sport-fish all over the world because everybody likes the show. It’s crazy.”

Wichrowski is living the Pittsburgh dream while he’s in town. He’s had the chance to visit Steelers Training Camp, be on field with the Pirates before a game, and of course, join Bill Rehkopf on the KDKA Afternoon News.

“I brag about being a Steeler fan all the time,” Wichrowski says.

He even admits he still hates the Browns.

Bill Rehkopf can be heard on the KDKA Afternoon News every Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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