Bode on a different frequency
BEAVER CREEK – A few hours after Bode Miller took the silver medal in the 2004 Birds of Prey super-G, he headed to the A-Prey tent on the ice rink at Beaver Creek to launch his first radio show.”I wanted to do this show to let people know more about me, for people who are interested in me and my life,” Miller said at the Thursday launch. “It’s a good way to let people know who I really am outside of what they hear and read in the media, since the media always messes things up.””The Bode Show” will air at 7 p.m. every Thursday on channel 28, SIRIUS Faction Satellite radio. How will he manage this when he’s heading to Europe this week to compete on the World Cup circuit for the rest of the winter? Well, he’s getting paid for it, that’s for sure. SIRIUS representatives wouldn’t say how much, but he is getting paid.
The show will be part of an action sports series on SIRIUS that also includes exclusive shows with skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, World Champion surfer Kelly Slater, and Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh. SIRIUS is also planning to launch shows with Lance Armstrong and volleyball hero Sinjin Smith. Bode’s show, like the others, will be conducted in a free-form, commercial-free format consisting of a combination of music, updates on Miller’s skiing career, plus interviews and guest appearances with friends and teammates.”It’s totally whatever he wants,” said Jody Sowa of Sarah Hall Productions and spokeswoman for “The Bode Show.” “It’s completely uncensored and commercial-free, so potentially, it could get racy … no pun intended.”Miller somehow made time to launch his show last Thursday evening between Birds of Prey races. The races at Beaver Creek were the only stop on the 2004 World Cup circuit, and the only venue to include all four racing disciplines: downhill, super-G, giant slalom and slalom.
Miller commented Friday that he didn’t even have time to spin on his stationary bike or do his “usual routine” due to “media events” and other non-training related obligations following Thursday’s super-G race, in which he finished second to Austrian Stephan Goergl. Despite the chaotic schedule following the race and having no time for post-race conditioning, Miller went on to win Friday’s downhill on the Birds of Prey with teammate Daron Rahlves hot on his heels in second. Although he crashed in Saturday’s giant slalom and missing a gate to DNF (not finish) Sunday’s slalom, Miller still holds the status of No. 1 skier in the world in the overall World Cup standings.After introducing friends and teammates Erik Schlopy, who was the top U.S. finisher in Saturday’s GS with a No. 6 finish and Marco Sullivan, who’s not competing at the moment due to a pre-season injury, Miller selected Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City” as the first song to air on “The Bode Show,” at last Thursday’s launch.”As far as music, I like just about everything,” Miller said. “I’ll probably be getting into a lot of the old-school rock.”
The Thursday launch was just a glimpse of “The Bode Show,” which will run for one hour every Thursday and which Miller will have to pre-record on mini-disc for several weeks in Europe while competing in the World Cup, which continues this weekend in Val d’Isere, France. “Bode Miller is redefining the world of skiing with his charisma and athletic achievements,” said Scott Greenstein, President of SIRIUS Entertainment and Sports. “Bode will treat his fans to an entertaining and fun weekly show that will also provide an inside view to his world of accomplishments.”Staff Writer Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 610, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail Colorado