TWO local radio presenters will begin their Guinness World Record attempt next week for the longest continuous radio show.
The attempt will be broadcast live on Melksham Town Sound as founder, Will Bridger and fellow presenter Alan Byrne will attempt to have a continuous show for 199 hours to break the current world record. They will start their marathon effort at 9am on Saturday 21st February and will continue the attempt live on Melksham’s own radio station, Melksham Town Sound.
They aim to be on air for nine consecutive days and hope to raise £2,500 for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in the process.
The attempt by Alan and Will has been approved by Guinness World Records who have asked for evidence in the form of their live radio feed, webcam facility and social media update every hour on the hour.
Rules for the attempt state that there has to be a constant running transmission, so even playing a song or two counts as part of the challenge. The pair are also allowed to bank five minutes each hour to have ‘power naps’ with a maximum of 30 minutes allowed to be built up.
Alan added, “Will and I are both doing this to highlight the fact that Melksham has a great radio station, run by and presented by volunteers. Melksham Town Sound is for everybody and what better way to start off 2015 than by getting into the record books?
“The WWF is also one of the big reasons behind this. Enduring big challenges is what the charity does on a daily basis and I want to raise money to help in their plight, and of course, it’s for a bit of a laugh as well. I do love my sleep, but honestly if I have to, I could survive on a few hours. Here’s hoping I’ll be still standing after 199 hours!”
To sponsor Alan and Will visit www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AlanByrne OnTheRun and listen live to the world record attempt at www.melkshamtownsound.co.uk