TWO North East radio presenters are in a spin after smashing a world record to stage the longest-ever show on air.
Sarah Stewart and Jamie Thirlwell didn’t stop chatting and playing music for 56 hours to get their names in the famous Guinness Book of Records.
And they beat Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles and his on-air partner Dave Vitty who staged a 52-hour broadcast for Comic Relief which was the longest radio DJ team show.
Now Koast Radio presenters are waiting to have their title verified after a string of famous people contacted the show to keep their spirits high.
The record-breaking feat raised around £2,000 for North East charity Saras Hope Foundation, which runs a holiday retreat in Crete for young people with cancer and their families.
Volunteer DJ Sarah only joined the station a few weeks ago and her longest broadcast before the record attempt was four hours.
“We completed 56 hours which was fantastic,” said Sarah, 28, of Broomhill, Northumberland.
“It was an amazing experience but there were some pretty tough times. The hours of 4am, 5am and 6am were very bleak.
“There were a couple of moments when I really did doubt I would be able to continue. But the support coming in from listeners across the North East and beyond was just overwhelming, and their messages really did help me through it.”
Sarah’s daytime job is a centre manager with United Business Centres in Cramlington.
“I’m friends with the people who set up Saras Hope Foundation, who are based in the same building where I work, and I have been involved in other fundraising things for them so I was really keen to do the marathon show,” she said.
“Model Calum Best, who ran the Great North Run for the charity, rang our show, Lee Thompson, the saxophonist for Madness, sent us a Facebook message, pop band Ultrabeat called us when they were listening to us on their way to a gig, and ex-Newcastle footballer Nobby Solano rang in and made a donation.
“We are delighted with our record-breaking show and the money raised will get two families across to Crete.”
Jamie, 35, of Ashington, completed a trial run of 44 hours before attempting the world record for real. He has travelled around the world as a DJ and his longest on-air session was 32 hours.