The old Guinness Book record for Marathon DJ Broadcast was shattered over Memorial Day weekend as WFMU(FM) DJ Glen Jones logged 1,000 songs over 100 hours and 42 seconds.
The four-and-a-half-day ordeal began at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 25 and ended on Tuesday, May 29 around 1 p.m. During the marathon edition of his show, “The Glen Jones Radio Show,” Jones hosted guests such as “Today Show” host Katie Couric, Kiss’ Gene Simmons and country star Willie Nelson and others.
Taking on the record was more difficult than Jones expected once the Guinness observers explained the regulations.
“The rules said I couldn’t play anything longer than 6 minutes and I wasn’t allowed to leave the studio more than once every eight hours,” said Jones. “I had to introduce every song, so there’s was no chance of falling asleep at all.”
The rules also state that guest commentary could run only one minute at a time and Jones could leave the studio for only 15 minutes every eight hours.
Jones broke Briton Greg Daines’ record of 73 hours and 33 minutes. His 15-year, award-winning show is a mix of rock’n’roll, stunts and reminiscences about his youth and adulthood in New Jersey. A pro wrestling fan, he even allows listeners a chance to come to the studio and bash him over the head with a folding chair.