A SOUTH Lakeland radio DJ has made history by breaking a world record held by BBC Radio 1’s Chris Moyles.
As Bay Trust Radio, in Kendal, celebrated 35 years of service one of its most committed volunteer DJs, Craig James, raised £1,550 for the station with a marathon broadcast of 60 hours.
The 22-year-old Milnthorpe man smashed Chris Moyles’ 52-hour mark, as well as breaking the station’s own 48-hour milestone which was set in 2008.
He began his live broadcast at 9am on Tuesday last week – finally emerging from the studio on Thursday evening after clocking up a three-day continuous shift.
Craig said: “I did a trial run in January and stayed awake for three days, so I knew I could keep going and have a decent crack at the record. The first 24 hours was pretty much OK, but it then required a lot of will power.
“It’s a fantastic cause though and we’re delighted with the response from everyone who has donated their time, money and energy to help make it happen.”
He was supported by special guests, including TV broadcaster Eric Robson and members of the station’s volunteer team who dropped in to chat on air.
Bay Trust Radio serves hospital sites in South Cumbria and North Lancashire for the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust John Williamson, station manager, said: “It’s fantastic. The funds raised will be invested in new equipment.”