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Wednesday, March 16 at 9:30 p.m. – Roller Derby Chronicles: Rolling Thunder

(Rochester, NY)Roller Derby Chronicles: Rolling Thunder, airing Wednesday, March 16 at 9:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11), gives a glimpse into the exciting and historic Roller Derby game – from its humble roots as a Depression-era skating marathon through to its heyday as a nationally syndicated road show, and finally, to its untimely demise in 1973. Combining elements of physical endurance with theatrical showmanship, the game is a highly appealing form of entertainment that drew millions of fans to arenas and to television sets all across the country.

During the broadcast Rochester's own roller derby team, Roc City Rollers, will be in studio to share their experience competing. A very diverse group of women, Roc City Rollers participate in three flat-track roller derby teams. The organization was started in 2008.

Credit: Roller Derby Chronicles


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