Thursday, April 14, 2011

New world record holder in need of a nap

 Scott Campbell  IMAGE: Jonni Pannekoek
News - It took 185 sleepless hours filled with stress, wet wipes and the occasional hallucination, but a determined DJ has officially broken a world record.

Scott “Snap” Campbell achieved his goal of racking up more than 183 consecutive hours on air, at the same time raising more than $7600 for Christchurch, his hometown.

“I’m definitely relieved it’s over,” Campbell says.
“It was honestly the hardest thing I’d ever had to do in my life and it was a bit touch and go at times, but I’m proud we got there in the end.”

The Guinness World Record previously stood at 183 hours.

Showering was replaced by a quick, partially-clothed scrub down with wet wipes performed on the studio webcam, and limited opportunities for sleep occasionally resulted in hallucinations.

“There were times when my crew would wake me up and I’d get up, but I wasn’t really with it so I’d still be kind of dreaming. One morning I was convinced two of my best mates were trying to kidnap me and kill me, and I was just sort of playing along and saying what they wanted me to say on air until I could find a way to get away from them,” Campbell says.

“Coming out of that and realising I’d been basically hallucinating the whole thing was completely bloody terrifying.”

Campbell will use his experiences later this year when he attempts to break records for longest team radio show performed while suspended upside down, and the longest show done while naked.

He was disappointed they weren’t able to raise more money, blaming lack of mainstream media coverage for people not being aware of the project.

The money raised for World Record for Christchurch will be donated to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

1 comment:

  1. Hope Scott wasn't playing the easy listening classics, looks like he needs some Rage Against The Machine - Wake up. :) Good on you Scott keep rockin'


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