Boxcar Bethy skated for the Rose City Rollers for an all-too-brief time several years ago, until family matters moved her back to Canada. These days, she’s skating for Thunder Bay and hosting Derbyline, a new call-in internet radio show all about roller derby. Naturally, I wanted to hear all about it.
Frisky: So! Why an internet radio call-in show?
Boxcar: Well, I wish I could say that Derbyline is the realization of some grandiose dream, but honestly I just jumped on the opportunity when it presented itself. CampTV is an awesome studio at Confederation (in Thunder Bay, Ontario), and I’m uber-lucky to have an awesome coach, The 5th Wheel, who is also a fantastic producer!
That being said, I love interviews and always have. Whether in magazine, podcast, or talk show format, I just find it interesting when people let you take a tour of their mental space.
Are there any subjects in particular you’re really interested in chatting about? Do you have a few favorite or “pet” subjects?
I wanted to do this show to give every skater the chance to tell his or her story. These days, the roller derby community (myself included!) tends to put a lot of focus on the very top tier of players and teams. It’s easy to forget that there is an entire matrix of really interesting ideas and experiences that exist simply because the grassroots / DIY / local league model of roller derby is still so prevalent, and derby people are so heavily invested and involved in so many aspects of the sport.
When people tell me they are nervous to be on the show, because they might not be roller derby experts or superfans, I tell them that it’s their personal experience that matters. I want to be able to draw parallels between the everyday derby experiences of someone like a rookie in my league and someone who has won a WFTDA Championship title. And that helps keep the show grounded, too. I am happy when people who know nothing about derby tell me that they enjoyed the show. I’ve always thought that it’s the people who make roller derby so special, and I’m proud to be able to spotlight the glorious weirdness of our community.
How can people participate and/or listen?
People can always call in during the show. Our call-in line is (807) 473-3800. There is a chat board on the CampTV site, as well, and people can even post their phone numbers if they don’t want to pay long-distance to Canada. We have the ability to Skype guests in, but usually reserve that for feature interviews due to logistics. People can also get involved via Twitter and other social media! We try to have a hashtag going for each episode, so people can tweet us their Qs and comments.
What do you have up your sleeve for this Sunday’s show?
This Sunday, we’re talking about the big ol’ crazy family of roller derby. In studio, I’m talking to Jenny Chaos and Allspark from Thunder Bay Roller Derby. We’ve got Smarty McFly from Arch Rival calling in a review ARRG’s Saturday night bout against Ohio, plus Pain Eyre calling in to talk about her book, Talking Derby, as well as Elektra Q Tion from the You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me Loose Wheel blog!
What else do we need to know?
Feel free to share your topics, ideas or stories with us! We want to make this everyone’s show & represent what people are thinking, feeling, and going through in the wide world of roller derby. Hit us up!
Also, podcast lovers, stay tuned! We are working on getting the show up on iTunes. For now, we are posting archived episodes on YouTube. Check out the first episode here; the 2nd episode should be posted imminently!
And, finally, make sure to watch us live every Sunday night at 8 p.m. EST on www.camptv.ca.
Thank you, Boxcar! Can I just take a moment to say that Boxcar really is the best? Member of the Top 10 Sweetest Members of Rose City during my tenure, easily. Take a listen.
Coincidentally, one of Derbyline’s guests for this week, Pain Eyre, will be discussing Talking Derby right here on the blog next week. It’s a small derby world.