Greensboro family-run podcast interviews the community in ‘The Rocky and Derrick Show’
Shot and recorded from the HQ Greensboro building is a talk show with two cousins that give folks like Jimmy Fallon and Kelly Ripa a run for their money. The duo has not made it to public access just yet, but they have a start on Youtube. Raquel “Rocky” Spencer, 11, and Derrick Carter, 13, are co-hosts of Greensboro’s own The Rocky and Derrick Show.
According to the website, the show is an “interview video podcast program from a kids (sic) point of view.” Their subjects include people who have been making an impact in the Greensboro community. According to their Youtube page, The Rocky and Derrick Show joined Youtube on March 31 and now has 813 subscribers, 8,063 views, and almost 30 interviews.
The show is not just a two-person gig; It is a whole family affair. The Rocky and Derrick Show is written, directed and filmed by Derrick’s 15-year-old brother Christopher Carter Jr., co-produced by their uncle Robert Green and Derrick’s father Christopher Carter Sr. From time to time there is special guest host 5-year-old Tiyonna Spencer (Rocky’s sister) and former camera operator and now special guest star 10-year-old Tasean Spencer (Rocky’s brother).
The Rocky and Derrick Show came to be because of two converging ideas. The first being the show began as a project for Christopher Carter Jr., said Robert Green, a co-producer to the show (and the children’s uncle). Green said Carter Jr., inspired by superhero movies, wrote three scripts of different projects he wanted to do. Green supported and decided to help make Carter Jr.’s ideas a reality.
“We started videotaping, and they came over to my house,” Green said. “We said, ‘what would it be like if we started a show?’ And then ‘what would the show be named?’ and they said ‘The Derrick and Rocky Show,’ and Rocky said ‘no, The Rocky and Derrick Show’ and they said yes that sounds just fine.’”
The second idea that led to the creation of the show came from Rocky and Derrick filming various “challenges” and putting them on Youtube. Derrick said these challenges ranged from dares to taste challenges, such as a baby food challenge.
Green has a background in filmmaking in Camden, New Jersey, and he was inspired to produce this show because of someone he knew in the television industry whose goal was to help children learn the ropes of cinematography, writing and directing. Green said when he was 15 years old he took a summer job with that man and learned so much from that experience. He decided to pay it forward and help his nieces and nephews produce their show.
To find subjects to interview, Carter Sr. said he looks on the internet and social media to find people in the area. “I look on Youtube, Facebook, the internet to see who is doing what in Greensboro,” Carter Sr. said. “If they are doing something that I think is really productive, I contact them through Facebook or email to see if they would agree to an interview.”
Back in October, YES! Weekly’s advertising manager Katharine Osborne Watts and I were interviewed for The Rocky and Derrick Show, and you can watch it on Youtube by searching “The Rocky and Derrick Show YES! Weekly Interview.” When asked about their favorite interview so far, the kids all had their own opinions. Rocky said her top three favorites were a taste challenge she did with her friends Frankie and Tori, an interview with local jewelry maker Erica Vogel and the interview with YES! Weekly. Carter Jr. and Tasean said their favorite interview was with the gospel rapper The One Keon, while Tiyonna’s favorite was the baby food challenge with Frankie and Tori. Green said this show as well as the practice the children get from working the switchboard at church, is making them useful in all different areas of communication. Green said both he and Carter Sr. let the children try what they want to try and encourage them to try new things.
“They get exposed to so many different things,” Green said. “That is what makes them change so often because they are getting a lot of perspectives. They have been around artists, actors, all different types of motivational people, so they see a lot of different perspectives.”
Soon, The Rocky and Derrick Show hope to raise enough funds to travel to Philadelphia to SOUL records and interview the owner of the record company. They also plan on touring The International Civil Rights Center & Museum as well as the Greensboro History Museum.
Acting silly with family and friends on camera is not the most fun part of the show for these aspiring entertainers.
“Learning from people and what they do,” Derrick said. “It is like job searching almost.”
Carter Sr. loves spending time with his sons while co-producing and editing and he said he wished he had this opportunity when he was younger.
“What I like about it, is not right now,” Green said. “It is what is to come later. When somebody learns something when they are young, it affects their life when they get older. They may not do the same thing, but they will have less fear for new and different things.”
To find out more about The Rocky and Derrick Show, or if you are interested in being interviewed visit their website, or visit them on Facebook (@rocky.derrick.56), Instagram (@rockyderrick3508), Twitter (@rocky_derrick) and watch them on their Youtube channel.
Katie Murawski is the editor of YES! Weekly. She is from Mooresville, North Carolina and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in film studies from Appalachian State University in 2017.