Community radio station breaks Guinness World Record

Posted on December 4, 2011

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On the 17 September, community radio presenters in South Northumberland broke the record for longest broadcast.

Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles in aid of charity previously held the record for Longest Radio Broadcast by a team.

Two volunteer presenters from community radio station, Koast Radio, broke Chris Moyles’ record of 52 hours on 17 September at 10:30am making the new record 58 hours.

Station Manager Vicky Oakley, 39, explained that the station had only been on it’s premises for less than six months when it broadcast. Before then, the presenters had been pre-recording shows. She said it had “made a lot of headway in a short amount of time”.

This was an important event for Koast Radio, as regulating body Ofcom could grant them a license in the summer of 2012. Oakley explained that there will only be one license released and they are keen to be the community station that it is awarded to.

The trial broadcast cost the community station £7,500 and the team wanted to ensure the money was not wasted.

Volunteer presenter, Jamie, suggested trying to break the record and was backed by the other volunteers participating in the community station.

It would have cost a further £8,000 for a representative from Guinness World Records to observe the broadcast. Instead, 2020 Vision donated a surveillence camera and two independent people had to sit in during the broadcast at all times to meet Guinness World Records requirements.

Oakley described the event as “phenomenal”. Calum Best, Ultrabeat and a member of Ska band Madness wished them luck with their endeavour.

It “showed real community spirit” with all the presenters getting involved, local businesses became involved with the broadcast too. Oakley also explained that the event displayed a real need for local and community based radio.

The community station also raised over £1,500 for local charity Sara’s Hope Foundation.

The charity “funds a holiday retreat in Crete offering respite for children and young people suffering with cancer”. The marathon broadcast raised enough money to send a family to Crete.

The station received a grant of £10,000 that helped give it the best equipment that “some commercial stations would be jealous of”.

Vicky Oakley explained that the station is looking forward to holding a similar event in the New Year. Though the new event will be more community minded, as the broadcast was tiring. Oakley described it as a “great success but wouldn’t want to do it again for their sake”.

Here are some photos (Copyright Koast Radio) of the event:

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Post updated: 28th December 2011 (reworded and photos added)

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