It’s the radio interview that went on and on …. and on. And that’s a good thing.
On Feb. 5 and 6, 2022, two DJs at WJCU(FM) on the campus of John Carroll University broke the Guinness World Record for longest consecutive radio interview.
The program started at 7 am on Feb. 5 and ran live until 8:35 a.m. the next morning, capping a 25-hour, 35-minute-long interview. The program aired on 88.7 FM in Cleveland, on Instagram Live, via the WJCU radio app and on Twitch.
The record-breaking event was led by two radio staff — Zachary Sinutko and Collin Kennedy — who serve as on-air personalities as well as executive producer and co-producer, respectively, of the station’s hip-hop/rap show “808s and Mixtapes.”
“It was so much fun and college radio is my life,” said Sinutko, who is also director of promotions and events at the station. “Doing this was a dream of mine for a long time.”
Ahead of the attempt, Sinutko expressed confidence in their ability to break the previous record. “Two college students + a ton of energy drinks and a passion for college radio = countless possibilities,” he stated on the station’s website.
The previous record was set by Bhanu Bhakta Niraula on Nov. 8, 2021, at Himal FM 90.2 MHz in Kathmandu, Nepal, with a 25-hour, 26-minute-long interview of Nepalese tourism expert Ang Phinjo Sherpa.
Sinutko said official auditors were present at the event at WJCU, which broke the previous record by nine minutes.
“It got hard in the middle of the night but with the help of the community and the rest of the university, we did it,” said Kennedy. “Thank you to the school and to everyone who passed by the WJCU studio to help encourage us to do the unachievable.”
WJCU is a noncommercial FM broadcast station owned and operated by John Carroll University with studio and transmitter facilities located on the JCU campus in University Heights, Ohio. The station operates on a non-stop schedule with an effective radiated power of 2.5 kW at 88.7 MHz.
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